13 January 1963 - William Wyler's 'The children's hour' (Infamia) based on Lillian Hellmann's play with Audrey Hepburn, Shirley McLaine & James Garner at Cine Olido; Spanish boy-wonder Joselito teamed-up with Argentine Libertad Lamarque in 'Sublime recordação' (Bello recuerdo) at Cine Rivoli; Serguei Eisenstein's 'Ivan the terrible' in 2 parts; 11:00 Part 1; 13:00 Part 2; 14:45 Part 1; 16:00 Part 2; 18:15 Part 1; 20:00 Part 2; 21:45 Part 1; 23:00 Part 2; for some reasons there was a lot of films playing again like Frank Capra's 1946's 'It's a wonderful life' (A felicidade não se compra) at Cine Rivoli; 1949's 'The undercover man' (Czar negro) with Glen Ford & Nina Foch; Tennessee Williams's 1955's 'The Rose Tatoo' (A rosa tatuada); 1955's 'Treasure of Ruby Hills' (A epopeia sangrenta) with Zachary Scott & Lee Van Cleef; at Cine Europa, a small theatre at Praça da Republica with an entrance by Rua Joaquim Gustavo, 40 they were showing 1957's 'Die Zwillinge vom Zillertal' (As gemeas de Zillertal) with guest appearance by famous show-business twins Alice Kessler und Ellen Kessler.
13 January 1963 - Comedians Oscarito & Vagareza meet at Carlos Manga's 'Entre mulheres e espiões' at Cine Marrocos. 'Mulheres e espiões' was one of Oscarito's last movies. By 1963, Oscarito was 57 years old and it finally showed in a comedian that had been 'ageless' since the 1930s. Marlon Brando is 'One-eyed Jacks' (A face oculta) at Cine Rio Branco for the 10th week in a row; At Cinel Olido Dirk Bogarde in 'Meu passado me condena' (Victim), notable in film history for being the first English-language movie to use the word 'homosexual'. On its release in the UK it proved highly controversial and was initially banned in the USA; Italians took on the Americans to see who made the worst epic movie: 'Pontius Pilate' had French Jean Marais as the Roman governor, a worn out Jeanne Crain, British Basil Rathbone doing over-time and Italian Massimo Serato for good measure; 'It happened in Athens' (Aconteceu em Atenas) filmed in the fall of 1960, in Greece, it was Jayne Mansfield's last film with Fox before her career set back to low-budget European melodramas & comedies; at Cine Marabá William Castle's 'Mr. Sardonicus' (A mascara do horror) tells the story of a man whose face becomes frozen in a horrifying grin while robbing his father's grave to obtain a winning lottery ticket.13 January 1963 - Brazilian director Walter Hugo Khouri's 'A ilha' was all the rage; there was a Toho Films's festival showing 7 different Japanese movies at Cine Scala, Trianon & Art Palacio.
Brazilian comedy 'Mulheres e milhões' (Women & millions)
13 January 1963 - Mugui – Japanese night-club on Rua Augusta – show at 0:30 AM and 4:30 AM. Shan Du Show with Nancy Mary & Noburo Taki with Ichiro Nakagawa & His Combo Brasa Nova; Tonia Carrero was in 'Tiro e queda' at TBC; comedienne Dercy Gonçalves was 'Senhora Presidenta' 50 years before Dilma Rousseff became the 1st Brazilian Presidenta (female president).
18 January 1963 - Bossa Nova was getting bigger with more & more shows attended by university students. Teatro Record had a special Bossa Monday night with some of the best acts around. This trend would go on a crescendo which culminated in 1964-1965; Tonia Carrero was at TBC.
24 February 1963 - Teenagers were well served this week. USA's heart-throbs Tommy Sands and Fabian appeared together in 'Love in a goldfish bowl' (Esconderijo para o amor) at Cine Barão. At Cine Astor & Paisandu 'Rome adventure' (Candelabro italiano) started playing on 27 February 1963 with Troy Donahue & Suzanne Pleshette. This film which features Italian singer Emilio Pericoli singing 'Al di là' , a song that had won San Remo in 1961 and was covered by Pericoli especially for this travelogue - has actually started an invasion of Italian pop music in Brazil that culminated in 1964 but trailing off up into 1967.
24 February 1963 - Roquette Pinto trophy was the Brazilian equivalent of Hollywood's Oscar (Academy Award). It granted awards to the best TV performers in his/her category. The annual celebration was something not to be missed and went on for ever into the wee hours.
10 March 1963 - Marcello Mastroianni was at his peak popularity circa 1963. He is 'L'assassino' (1961) at Cine Windsor and in 'Divorcio all' italiana' at Cine Pigale; 1952's 'O.Henry's full house' (Paginas da vida) with Charles Laughton, Jeanne Crain, Marilyn Monroe at Cine Marrocos; Jules Vernes's 'Five weeks in a balloon' (5 semanas em um balão) with teenage heart-throb Fabian at Cine Marrocos;
Lucyna Winnicka in 'Madre Joana dos Anjos' aka 'O demonio e a freira' (The demon and the nun).26 March 1963 - World famous French transexual Coccinelle strutted her thing on the stage of Teatro Record on Wednesday (27) and Thursday (28) at 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM. Born in Paris as Jacques Charles Dufresnoy, she took the stage name Coccinelle making her debut as a transgender showgirl in 1953 at Chez Madame Arthur. In 1958 she traveled to Casablanca to undergo a vaginoplasty. Coccinelle became really famous after she appeared in Alessandro Blasetti's 'Europa di notte'.
26 March 1963 - Sandra Dee & Bobby Darin were America's sweet hearts circa 1962. 'If a man answers...' (Se o marido atender, desligue) was their follow up to successful 'Come September' (1961); at Cine Marrocos was 1962's 'The 300 Spartans' with Richard Egan, Ralph Richardson & Anne Baxter filmed in Greece; Italy was the flavour of the month with North Americans: 'Rome adventure' was at its 4th week and 'The Roman spring of Mrs. Stone' (Em Roma na primavera) told the romance between Italian stud Warren Beatty and middle-aged Vivien Leigh.
14 April 1963 - at Juãozinho Saloon on Rua Augusta, 2203, underground – dancing dinner with rock instrumental band The Jet Blacks; top-entertainer Nelson Gonçalves at Michel, rua Major Sertorio, 106; at TAIB - Teatro Alternativo Israelita Brasileiro - they were showing An-Ski's 'O Dibuk' translated into Portuguese by Jaco Guinsburg; at Teatro Record, comedian Chico Anisio did his one-man-stand-up-comedy act twice daily;
14 April 1963 - Bernard Shaw's 'Caesar and Cleopatra' produced and starred by Cacilda Becker staged at her own Teatro Cacilda Becker on Av. Brigadeiro Luiz Antonio, 917; Italian movie-star Vittorio Gassman & Teatro Popolare Italiano in 'Oreste' and 'Il gioco degli eroi' at Theatro Municipal sponsored by TV Record; Russian ballet Moissoeiv with 115 members. In the movies there was Sarita Montiel with 'Perfidia', originally called 'Piel canela' a Cuban-Mexican co-production made in 1953 at Cine Regina & Cine Barão.
14 April 1963 - Jules Dassin's 'Phaedra' (Profanação) is an adaptation of Euripides' 'Hippolytus' with Melina Mercouri married to Ralf Vallone and seducing his step-son Anthony Perkins; William Wyler's 1939 classic 'Wuthering Heights' (O morro dos ventos uivantes) was shown at Cine Marco Polo; Tony Curtis left his wife Janet Leigh for German starlet Christine Kauffman while they were filming 'Taras Bulbas' with Yul Brynner in Argentina; at Cine Normandie 1956's 'Lisboa' (Lisbon) a crime-film directed and acted by Ray Milland which had 'Lisboa antiga' in its sound-track. Note that 'Lisboa antiga' had been a #1 hit in the USA by Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra prior to this film release. The song was performed in the film by fado singer Anita Guerreiro, in a restaurant scene while an older Ray Milland tells a still stunning Maureen O'Hara a completely wrong information about Lisbon being 'home sweet home' to Brazilians. O'Hara says: 'How lovely!'
14 April 1963 - Nelson Pereira dos Santos's 'Boca de ouro' with Jece Valadão & Odete Lara was Brazilian cinema at its best; 'Rome adventure' (Candelabro Italiano) was at its 8th week; following the huge success of 'Europa di notte' now comes Giuseppe Maria Scotese's 'America di notte' filmed in 1961 in North & South America showing Lionel Hampton, Elizeth Cardoso, Ellen de Lima, Carlos Machado, Angela Maria, Silveira Sampaio, Marly Tavares, Nathalia Timberg & others.
12 May 1963 - Mexican movies were popular in Brazil in the 50s & 60s. Pel-Mex's 1952's 'El derecho de nacer' (O direito de nascer) with Jorge Mistral was back at Cine Marco Polo; 1957's 'El bolero de Raquel' (O engraxate) was Cantinflas at his best; 20th Century Fox's 1962's 'The longest day' (O mais longo dos dias) which might be dubbed 'The most boring day' was playing at Cine Marrocos; French chansonier Gilbert Becaud was visiting São Paulo, performing at Theatro Paramount and TV Excelsior; comedienne Dercy Gonçalves showed all her roughness-cum-vulgarity in 'Siamo tutti tarados' which in free-translation means 'We are all degenerate'; at Michel night-club Edith Veiga sang nightly.
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7 July 1963 - ‘Forty pounds of trouble’ (20 quilos de confusão) was Hollywood at its fluffiest. Actually it should be called Hollywood visits Disneyland. Suzanne Pleshette was at the peak of her career and Tony Curtis just stumbled from sugary roles in light-weight movies. My young sister weighed exactly 20 kilos and after proving it by climbing up on a scale at the lobby of Cine Olido was allowed to get in without paying.
7 July 1963 - ‘Diabruras de Marisol’ ('Tombola' or 'Los enredos de Marisol') was the Spanish child star’s 3rd film, made in 1962 when she was still pre-teen; most of epic movies were made in Italy or Spain now: 'Giuseppe venduto dai fratelli' (José vendido no Egito) was an Italian-Yugoslavian production; 'O gigante de Metropolis' (Il gigante di Metropolis) had an American muscle-man and Moira Orfei in the cast. These movies were highly camp with a gay-induced sexuality that was consumed by heterosexuals alike; at Cine Windsor, 'Electra' (A Vingadora)
Marisol's last film as a child; muscle & bust were the staple of homo-erotic-trashy Italian epics.7 July 1963 - Steve Reeves was the dream of every gay boy in the world. He was an American body builder who after winning Mr. Universe title made Italy his home and starred in dozens of sand-and-sandal movies that were consummed world wide. In 1961's 'Romolo e Remo' aka 'Duel of titans' Reeves is joined by another muscle-man, Gordon Scott who had been Tarazan in a few MGM ficks in the 1950s; at Cine Metro, Steve Reeves is the 'Son of Spartacus'; at Cine Boulevard was 1962's 'Harold Lloyd's World of Comedy' an antology of comedy sequences edited by Lloyd himself, mostly from 'Safety last', 'The freshman', 'Hot water', 'Why worry?', 'Girl shy', 'Professor Beware', 'Movie crazy' and 'Feet first'; at Cine Bijou was 1956's 'Kanal' (Sewer) directed by Adrzej Wajda about the Warsaw Uprising and fighters escaping the Nazi onslaught through the city's sewers; at Cine Majestic was 1939's 'Gunga Din' with Cary Grant.
This was the closest one got to a blow job at the muscle man.
Steve Reeves just being gorgeous earlier in his life as Mr. Universe; former Tarzan Gordon Scott & Reeves doing the best grimaces they could muster in 'Romolo e Remo'.
11 August 1963 - George Seaton's 'Counterfeit traitor' (O falso traidor) was unforgettable to me mainly because of one particular scene. Lilli Palmer is German woman who helps William Holden who plays a Swedish spy for the Allies. She, a Catholic devout feels the need to confess, enters a church and goes to the confessional but instead of a priest there to hear her sins is Gestapo man; Alfred Hitchcock's 'The birds' (Os passaros) was at its 5th week at Cine Paisandu with Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette & Tippi Hedren.
10 November 1963 - At Cine Europa Toshio Masuda’s 1962’s ‘Ueo muite aruko’ (Olhando para o céu) based on Kyu Sakamoto’s song of same name which went to #1 in the USA with the quaint title of ‘Sukiyaky’. Mitsuo Hamada plays the romantic part to Kyu Sakamoto; following the torrent of biblical epics, 'Sodom and Gomorrah' is only another piece or trash with a grey wooden Stewart Granger, a tormented Pier Angeli and an out-of-place Anouk Aimée; at Cine Marrocos 'The best of enemies' (O melhor dos inimigos) with Italian comedian Alberto Sordi playing opposite British David Niven.
10 November 1963 - Charles Chaplin piece-de-resistence 'Limelight' was re-released for the benefit of those too young to have seen it the first time around some 11 years before, 1952. For those who loved Chaplin, like myself, it was such a treat I can't even describe it; comedian Alberto Sordi had been popular all through the 1950s and still commanded a huge following in 1960's 'Tutti a casa' (Regresso ao lar) at Cine Coral; next attraction would be Jacques Demy's 1961's 'Lola' with Anouk Aimée. The names of the film and title characters were inspired by Josef von Sternberg's 1930 film 'Der bluae Engel', in which Marlene Dietrich played a burlesque performer named Lola Lola; next attraction at Cine Rivoli would be Stanley Kramer's 'Pressure point' (Tormento d'alma) with Sidney Poitier, Bobby Darin & Peter Falk. Kramer had done 'The defiant ones' (Acorrentados) in 1958 with Poitier & Tony Curtis.
12 November 1963 - Spanish diva Sarita Montiel sings at Teatro Record; Claudette Soares sings with Walter Wanderley and Paulinho Nogueira at Teatro de Arena; later on Claudette sings at Juão Sebastião Bar in the same show as Pery Ribeiro accompanied by Manfredo; Claudia Moreno sings at Belisco on Rua Caio Prado; Pedrinho Mattar plays his piano and Maricene Costa sing at the Cambridge Bar; Luiz Loy & his combo play at Fasano on Avenida Paulista; Raul Gil and Demetrius sing at Michel; pianist Fred Feld plays at The Pub on the corner of rua São Luiz and Praça Dom Jose Gaspar; Bibi Ferreira, Paulo Autran & Jaime Costa play 'My Fair Lady' at Teatro Paramount for the umpteenth time.
12 November 1963 - Sarita Montiel sang at Teatro Record and 'Sublime melodia' aka 'Pecado de amor' was shown at Cine Rio, Cine Atlas and Cine Pigalle; 'Lawrence of Arabia' won 7 Academy Awards and was at its 2nd week at Cine Rio Branco; Ronald Golias & Grande Otelo starred in 'O homem que roubou a Copa do Mundo' at Cine Art Palacio & Circuito Serrador; Cine Olido showed Franz Kafka's 'The trial' (O processo) with Anthony Perkins, Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider & Orson Welles; Shirley McLaine could be seen in MGM's 'The sheepman' and at Cine Astor & Cine Ipiranga in 'My geisha' (Minha doce geisha) with Yves Montand.