Tuesday, October 14, 2014

1961 movie ads - 'Girl in the room 13'

1961 for some unexplicable reason was one of the best years in which foreign acts visited Brazil and had a good rapport with their audience. São Paulo was a city with a very active cultural life... utterly different from today - 2014 - only desert and non-events. Something terribly wrong happened in the meantime. I've got my own theories but will not expatiate on them.


3 March 1961 - Teatro Cacilda Becker started in March 1958 and is 3-years-old with Abilio Pereira de Almeida's  '...Em moeda corrente do país' at Teatro Federação on Avenida Brigadeiro Luiz Antonio.


8 March 1961 - Sophia Loren still building a reputation for herself as a hot number in 1958's 'The black orchid' (A orquidea negra); at Cine Rio Branco, Sidney Poitier, Dorothy Dandridge & Sammy Davis Jr. star in filming of George Gershwin's 'Porgy & Bess'; German cinema was present with 'Das blaue Meer und du' with Fred Bertelmann and his guitar; epic 'Spartacus' with Kirk Douglas was eagerly waited for 22 March 1961. 




11 March 1961 - Arthur Miller's 1953 play 'The Crucible' (Feiticeiras de Salem) played at Teatro Maria Della Costa; Abilio Pereira de Almeida's 'Em moeda corrente do país' played at Teatro Cacilda Becker; José Vasconcelos's 'Eu sou o espetáculo' was playing for the 3rd year in a row at huge Teatro Paramount; Vasconcelos was so successful in his one-man-show that pantomime actor Ricardo Bandeira thought he might emulate him with his 'O show sou eu' at the much smaller Teatro de Arena. At Cine Monaco, Mexican comedian Cantinflas' 1959's 'Sube y baja' (Sobe e desce) always attracts big crowds.


11 March 1961 -  Sarita Montiel's 'Mi ultimo tango' was in its 9th week at Cine Olido; Trigueirinho Neto's 'Bahia de Todos os Santos' with Araçary de Oliveira would start on Monday; Cine Aurea was supposed to show only 'adult films' not allowed to people under 18 - the closest possible to pornography which was banned by law; Cine Aurea ended up showing good European movies like France's 'Les truants' (Mulheres e malandros) with Eddie Constantine & Claude Borelli plus Swedish director Arne Ragneborn's 'Farlig frihet' (Juventude pecadora) with Maj-Britt Lindholm; at Cine Apolo, 'O vale da paz' (Slovene: Dollina miru) a 1956 Yugoslavian war film directed by France Stiglic. 'Valley of peace'; it was in competition at the 1957 Cannes Film Festival where John Kitzmiller received the Best Actor award for his role as Sgt. Jim.


34 minute-short 'Le ballon rouge' won at Cannes in 1956 : John Kitzmiller, won as best actor at Cannes in 1957.

19 March 1961 - Every Sunday, an unidentified journalist wrote a piece about the following week's new movies in town: O acontecimento artístico e social da semana é, sem dúvida, o lançamento de ‘Spartacus’, a ‘superprodução’ baseada no livro de Howard Fast, que terça-feira, terá uma ante-estréia de gala, patrocinada por este jornal e cuja renda reverterá em defesa do patrimônio do Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo. As apresentações são em numero de 15 assim distribuídas: 5 de procedência norte-americanas (inclusive 2 ‘reprises’), 3 japonesas, 2 italianas, 1 francesa, 1 espanhola, 2 de nacionalidade indefinida (uma meio anglo-ianque e outra meio ítalo-anglo-norte-americana), mais a ‘reprise’ da fita nacional ‘Cara de fogo’ de Galisteu Garcia.  


19 March 1961 - daily 'O Estado de S.Paulo' published the credits of all films that would premiere the following week. It was, definitely, the best newspaper for movie buffs. The article was never signed but the journalist was bright in his comments. This particular day he writes about 'Spartacus': 

Como ‘Ben-Hur’, ‘Os Dez Mandamentos’, ‘A historia de Ruth’, os para nós inéditos ‘Exodus’ e ‘Esther e o rei’, eis aqui mais uma demonstração de força do cinema norte-americano no gênero bíblico ou histórico. De duração extraordinária (3 horas e 23 minutos) e enquadrado na voga das produções espetaculares e de alto custo (o desta foi de 12 milhões de dólares), ‘Spartacus’ é obra que foi feita, não só para procurar o tom épico, o tom de grande espetáculo, como também para resultar numa mensagem de fé nos destinos e nos direitos dos homens. Baseada no livro de Fast e cenarizada por Dalton Trumbo, a fita estava destinada a ser dirigida por Edward Dmytryk, chegou a ser começada por Anthony Mann e, afinal, foi retomada e levada a termo por Stanley Kubrick de ‘Fear and desire’, ‘A morte passou por perto’, ‘O grande golpe’ e ‘Gloria feita de sangue’...

It then goes on to describe the cast and lots of detais. 


19 March 1961 - At Champanhota on Rua Amaral Gurgel, singer Noite Ilustrada performed nightly; at Michel on Rua Major Sertorio, a revue with comedienne Maria Vidal, Dorinha Duval, Hugo Santana, Flavio Pedroso & Denise Dumont; at La Vie en Rose on the same rua Major Sertorio, only on Sundays, comedians Ronald Golias & Carlos Alberto de Nobrega shared the stage; at Farney's on Praça Roosevelt, Dick Farney played piano nightly. Chansonier Sacha Distel would sing at Farney's on the 21 March. Mr. Distel was actually singing nightly at Teatro Record as of the 21st through to the 27th.


19 March 1961 - While Sara Montiel’s ‘Mi ultimo tango’ was in its 10th week at posh Cine Olido, Spanish child-actress Marisol was all the rage in Luis Lucia Mingarro’s ‘Un rayo de luz’ about to premiere at Cine Rivoli one block away. Marisol appeared in person on the stage of Cine Rivoli at 7:30 and 10:00 PM every night from Monday through Sunday, dancing flamenco and singing a few songs from the sound-track. Brazilian leading man Anselmo Duarte was there for the premiere and took Marisol on a sight-seeing tour of the city.


Swedish film 'Farlig frihet' (Juventude pecadora) directed and acted by Arne Ragneborn in 1954 played at adults-only Cine Aurea. 


19 March 1961 - At Cine Monaco, German teen-age sensation Sabine Sinjen plays ‘Stefanie’ (Stefanie in Rio) in which she looks for her Prince Charming and finds him in the person of Argentine actor Carlos Thompson; at Cine Paisandu, Lana Turner, Anthony Quinn, Sandra Dee & John Saxon starred in 'Portrait in black' (Retrato em negro); at Cine Metro, Ava Gardner was in 'Angel wore red' (Tentação); Alberto Ruschel and Milton Ribeiro in 1958's 'Cara de fogo' tried to repeat their roles in 1953's 'O Cangaceiro'.


German teen-sensation Sabine Sinjen in 1960's 'Stefanie in Rio' with Argentine Carlos Thompson




19 March 1961 - a 1959 British production with Alec Guiness, 'Our man in Havana' (O nosso homem em Havana) based on Graham Greene book was shot on location in Havana, just 2 months after the overthrow of the Batista regime, and on 13 May 1959, Fidel Castro visited the film crew when they shot scenes at Havana's Cathedral Square. The conservative São Paulo daily's cinema columnist dismisses the movie as 'no good' but it actually was positively received by film critics elsewhere and was nominated for the Golden Globe best picture. Note that this is pre-Revolutionary Cuba, but by 1961 when the movie was released in Brazil the Cold War was high on the agenda of conservative newspaper like ultra-reactionary 'O Estado de S.Paulo'. By the way, the author Graham Greene was banned from entering the United States for his political views.


26 March 1961 - The very best of S.Paulo's night life in 1960 chosen by columnist Mary Wynne: Leny Eversong (best internacional act); Robledo (best pianist); Uccio Gaeta (best musician); suave Dick Farney (best male singer); Fred Feld  being the best pianist of 1957, 1958 & 1959 will be granted a 'Sacizinho de Honra' (a Little Sacy Honors).


4 April 1961 - pistonist and band-leader Ray Anthony performed nightly at Teatro Record; on Thursday, 6 April Anthony his band and his singers would play for a ball at Club Pinheiros; Carolina Maria de Jesus's 'Quarto de despejo' with Ruth de Souza playing the squatter and author at Teatro Bela Vista; Colé & his company would start 'Mulher só à francesa' (Women only the French way) with Lilian Fernandes as a star on Thursday too; Rene Clement's 'Plein Soleil' (O sol por testemunha) with Alain Delon, Marie Laforet & Maurice Ronet played at Cine Olido; 'Un rayo de luz' with Spanish child star Marisol and Brazilian heart-throb Anselmo Duarte as her uncle, kept doing excellent business for the 3rd week at Cine Rivoli. 


13 April 1961


19 April 1961 - show-girl Marly Marley & friends strutted their thing at Boite Oasis; Geraldo Cunha played his guitar and sang at Bon Soir on Praça Franklin Roosevelt; pianist Robledo & his combo played at Bon Voyage on Estrada São Paulo-Paraná (future Via Raposo Tavares); organist Walter Wanderley played at Hotel Comodoro's Captain Bar; Dick Farney played piano and sang at Farney's his own night-club on Praça Roosevelt; Alda Perdigão sang at La Vie en Rose on Rua Major Sertório; Barbara Ardauney sang at Moleque Bar on Alameda Nothmann; The Avalons, Brazil's very first rock'n'roll combo played at Noubar on Rua João Dias in Santo Amaro every Sunday in a 'chá dançante' followed with 'jantar dançante'; Moacyr Peixoto (Cauby's brother) and his Quintet played 'jantar dançante' from 10:00 PM to 3:AM every night at Hotel Jaragua's Studium.

19 April 1961Mary Wynne writes in her ‘Mary-Go-Round’column: Old time singer Caco Velho and his friend Edy own the Brazilian’s Bar on Rua Peixoto Gomide.  The place is small and it seems like the smaller it is the more people want to get in. It’s standing room only every night.  

I met charming Caterina Valente at the bar two nights ago just when she was saying good-bye to S.Paulo after performing a whole week at Teatro Record on Rua da Consolação. The international singer conquered a lot of hearts; you should have seen all the gifts she got and everyone trying to greet her. Caco Velho with his Olga and Chininha and his combo did one of the best performances I’ve seen.

Agostinho dos Santos whom I haven’t seen for a long time sang some of his best songs especially to Miss Valente. They have actually belonged to the same label Polydor some time in the past. What a voice, what heart felt delivery! I don’t know anybody who can evoke the late Dolores Duran so well as Agostinho.  

Caterina listened attentively to each song, following the beat with her head and her expressive hands softly trying to memorize each word for future recordings in Europe.

The Brazilian’s Bar has been chosen as the hang-out of International stars that visit São Paulo like Sacha Distel, Ray Anthony and now Caterina Valente


19 April 1961 - Russian legend Tamara Toumanova danced two nights at Theatro Municipal which was televised by TV Record; blockbuster 'Ben Hur' played its 27th week at Cine Regina; French actor Maurice Ronet played opposite Sarita Montiel in 'Mi ultimo tango' (14th week, now showing in the city's periphery) and opposite Alain Delon & Marie Laforet in 'Plein soleil' (O sol por testemunha); Liz Taylor played a tragic character in 'Disque Butterfield 8' which gave her an Academy Award for 1961 best actress.


19 April 1961 -  Stanley Kubrick's 'Spartacus' was all the rage at Cine Rio Branco; 'Onze homens e um segredo' (Ocean's Eleven) was especially made to employ the whole Rat Pack: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop and Angie Dickinson to boot; Roberto Farias's comedy 'Um candango na Belacap' with Ankito, Grande Otelo & Vera Regina did good business at the box-office.


23 April 1961 - Saci was a Cinema Award trophy granted by daily 'O Estado de S.Paulo' (OESP) to the best actors, directors, screen-players of the previous year. It had been 10 years now since it started in 1951 and it was eagerly awaited by all.


14 May 1961 - Every Sunday newspaper 'O Estado de S.Paulo' listed the new films that were starting the following week giving all credits, information and a little 'review'. The columnist unfortunately didn't sign it so we didn't know who he/she was. He raves about the release of John Huston's 'The misfits' (Os desajustados) last picture of respectively Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe & Montgomery Clift... maybe it should have been titled 'The damned'.


14 May 1961 - 1960's British horror film 'Circus of horrors' *(Circo dos horrores) was sensational at Cine Republica; the film focused on sadism, cruelty and violence (with sexual overtones) as opposed to the supernatural horror of the Hammer films in the same era. 'Look for a star', its theme-song was recorded by everyone & his dog including Ronnie Cord and Roberto Carlos in Brazil; Spanish children star were all the rage ever since Pablito Calvo became world-famous with 'Marcelino pan y vino' in 1955; Rafael Gil's 'Un traje blanco' (...E Deus ouviu suas preces) deals with Miguelito Gil's first communion and his desire to wear a white suit and not having the means; 'A primeira missa' (The 1st mass) is the story of a Brazilian orphan boy (José Marianno Filho) who is taught how to read by an old atheist man (Dionisio de Azevedo) and suddenly wants to become a priest.



14 May 1961 - At Cine Coral 1954's 'Das Bekenntnis der Ina Kahr' (As confissões de Ina Kahr)  a crime film with Curt Jurgens directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst; at Cine Coral, Mauro Bolognini's 1960's 'Il bell'Antonio' (O belo Antonio) with Marcello Mastroianni & Claudia Cardinalle in which Mastroianni's character has got penile erection dysfunction; screenplay was written by Pier Paolo Pasolini; at Cine Aurea, Luis Buñuel's English-language film 'The young one' (A adolescente) aka 'White trash'. tells the story of Traver, a black jazz musician on the run after a white woman has accused him of rape. Such a charge in the South could lead to his being lynched.


21 May 1961 - Television was making serious inroads into the cinema audience. This TV Record ad in the movies section simply says: Me? Staying at a long queue to see a film at a theatre? No, thanks. Tonight I'll watch Perry Mason at Channel 7, a 1-hour-movie at the comfort of my own home.




Vladimir Ivashov in 1959's 'A balada do soldado' (Баллада о солдате) at Cine Olido. 



26 May 1961 - São Paulo was such a cosmopolitan city where one could go and watch a whole play acted in the French languaga like Molière's 'Les précieuses ridicules', Eugene Ionesco's 'Rhinoceros', Marivaux's 'Les fausses confidences' etc. 


25 June 1961 -  Believe it or not, great song-writer, pianist and band leader Ary Barroso was conducting his full orchestra at Theatro Paramount in São Paulo less than 3 years prior to his death (early 1964); grandiose Russian ballet was more popular than ever with Stanislavski at Ibirapuera arena; Russians were popular as space-travellers too; Yuri Gagarin visited Brazil and was even title of a burlesque revue at Teatro Natal (Gagarin na lua) with famous show girls Celia Coutinho & Eloina; at Teatro Oficina a Bossa Nova show with Vinicius de Moraes, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Alaide Costa, Agostinho dos Santos, Carlos Lyra, Caetano Zamma, Ana Lucia etc. 

25 June 1961 - Teutonic cinema was always present in Brazil in the early 1960s: at Cine Olido, 1954's 'Mädchenjahre einer Konigin' (Os jovens anos de uma rainha) with Austrian Romy Schneider & Adrian Hover; at Cine Maracha 1958's 'Majestät auf Abwegen' (Sua Majestade, o Boemio e o Vagabundo' with children stars Oliver Grimm, Michael Lande & Günther Hoffmann.



25 June 1961 - actress Bibi Ferreira MCs 'Brazil '61', the best variety show on Brazilian TV.



17 September 1961 - a Brazilian-USA co-production filmed in São Paulo and São Vicente, 'A moça do quarto 13 ' (Girl in room 13).

A letter summons US detective Steve Marshall to Sao Paulo, Brazil, in search of fugitive murderess Louise Dunning. Marshall contacts Louise and learns that she murdered her husband only in self-defense. In the meantime, Marshall is set up as a pawn in a counterfeiting ring (they were the ones who had sent him the letter), and unwittingly helps the police capture the criminals. Louise decides to remain in Brazil. (synopsis written by Mark Holcomb - mholcomb@europa.com - for IMDb).

Brian Donlevy plays detective Steve Mitchell in the series 'Dangerous Assignment' started as a radio show in 1949 and moved to TV from 1952 to 1954.


17 September 1961 - daily OEPS's columnist praises 'Girl in room 13' saying that even though the plot line is not really original there are good quality elements in the movie like Andrea Bayard's and John Herbert's acting, Konstantin Tkaczenko's photography and Pierino Massenzi's scenography which showed S.Paulo in a better view than 20th Century Fox's Henry Levin who had filmed S.Paulo less than a year before for 'Holiday lovers'.



18 October 1961 - Musical revue 'Alô, alô juventude' starred by Brenda Lee at Teatro Record at 5:00 PM. The revue was probably done by a Brazilian cast employed by TV Record and Brenda Lee simply did her singing after the revue was over; from the 22rd to the 29th October, Harold Nicholas - famous half of The Nicholas Brothers dancing duo of 1940s Hollywood musical films - did his 'Uma noite de chá chá chá'; The Avalons, a 3-member instrumental band who played rock'n'roll for some time in 1959 and 1960, reverted to their original jazz format and were playing at Teatro de Arena for a week.


18 October 1961 - At Cine Aurea one could see the drama about Hitler's rise and fall called 'Minha Luta' (Den blodiga tiden) a Swedish film. at Cine Maraba, a German drama with O.W. Fischer directed by Gottfried Reinhardt called 'Abschied von den Wolken' (O passageiro da ultima hora) or 'Rebel flight to Cuba' in English; at Cine Republica one could see 'Siegfried' or 'Sigfrid, a lenda do ouro do Reno' directed by Italian Giacomo Gentilomo of 'Maciste contra os vampiros'-fame and starred by Sebastian Fisher. The film was dubbed in Portuguese at the Odil-Fonobrasil de São Paulo. 

19 October 1961 - 'Two women' (La ciociara) gave Sophia Loren a best actress Academy Award.


19 October 1961 - Brazilian movie 'Mulheres e milhões' (Women and millions) featuring Norma Benguel, Luigi Picchi, Odete Lara, Jece Valadão and Luely Figueiró; deutsche Kino was present with Georg Marischka's 'Peter Voss, der Held des Tages' (Peter Voss, o heroi do dia) with O.W. Fischer and Linda Christian; 'Pepe' was Hollywood's way of paying tribute to Mexico's comedian Cantinflas.



16 April 1961 - Roberto Farias's 'Um candango na Belacap' (A Brasilia man in Rio de Janeiro) is a comedy like so many other Ankito & Grande Otelo's. The cinema columnist regrets that Roberto Farias after having directed such a good movie as 'Cidade ameaçada' has gone back to popular comedies again. He only hopes Mr. Farias will be as good a director as J.B. Tanko, Victor Lima or Carlos Manga. 

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