Brazil (1944)

90-91 mins | Romantic comedy, Musical | 30 November 1944

Director:

Joseph Santley

Cinematographer:

Jack Marta

Production Designer:

Russell Kimball

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

Composer Ary Barroso's surname is misspelled "Borroso" in the onscreen credits. According to DV and HR news items, after writer Richard English spent several months in South America doing research for a Collier's magazine piece, Republic hired him to use his experiences to write an original screen story around Barroso and S. K. Russell's hit song, "Brazil." The DV item, dated 9 Apr 1943, stated that English intended to rewrite his screenplay after it was completed and publish it in a "national magazine...coincidental with release of picture," but it has not been determined if English carried out the plan. According to 13 Apr 1943 HR and 22 Jun 1944 HCN items, the studio worked closely with various U.S. and Brazilian officials to ensure the film's accuracy in its depiction of Brazil and its peoples. Officials consulted included Dr. Raoul Bopp of the Brazilian consulate, Francis Alstock and Jackson Leighter, the liaison official of the Motion Picture Society for the Americas.
       According to HR news items, Albert S. Rogell was originally scheduled to produce and direct the picture, but was suspended by the studio because of disagreements over this and future assignments. Second unit director Howard Lydecker led the camera crew that obtained a variety of background footage in Rio de Janeiro and other areas of Brazil. Included in the film are scenes of coffee plantations, Carnival and tourist sights, all of which were commented upon favorably in reviews. Dance director Billy Daniels, who also appears as a dancer in the film, was borrowed from Paramount for the production. ... More Less

Composer Ary Barroso's surname is misspelled "Borroso" in the onscreen credits. According to DV and HR news items, after writer Richard English spent several months in South America doing research for a Collier's magazine piece, Republic hired him to use his experiences to write an original screen story around Barroso and S. K. Russell's hit song, "Brazil." The DV item, dated 9 Apr 1943, stated that English intended to rewrite his screenplay after it was completed and publish it in a "national magazine...coincidental with release of picture," but it has not been determined if English carried out the plan. According to 13 Apr 1943 HR and 22 Jun 1944 HCN items, the studio worked closely with various U.S. and Brazilian officials to ensure the film's accuracy in its depiction of Brazil and its peoples. Officials consulted included Dr. Raoul Bopp of the Brazilian consulate, Francis Alstock and Jackson Leighter, the liaison official of the Motion Picture Society for the Americas.
       According to HR news items, Albert S. Rogell was originally scheduled to produce and direct the picture, but was suspended by the studio because of disagreements over this and future assignments. Second unit director Howard Lydecker led the camera crew that obtained a variety of background footage in Rio de Janeiro and other areas of Brazil. Included in the film are scenes of coffee plantations, Carnival and tourist sights, all of which were commented upon favorably in reviews. Dance director Billy Daniels, who also appears as a dancer in the film, was borrowed from Paramount for the production. The film received Academy Award nominations in the Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture); Music (Song--"Rio de Janeiro"); and Sound Recording categories.
       According to a 22 Nov 1944 HR news item, Republic intended to produce a sequel to Brazil , to be entitled Rio de Janiero , which was to be directed and produced by Brazil director Joseph Santley. The news item stated that "as much of the cast as can be assembled from Brazil will be used in the new picture, with Tito Guizar almost a certainty for the starring role." Although Guizar did appear in the 1945 Republic production Mexicana , that picture was directed by Alfred Santell and did not feature any of the stars of Brazil , nor were the plots of the two films related. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
LOCATION
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
28 Oct 1944.
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Daily Variety
9 Apr 1943.
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Daily Variety
23 Oct 44
p. 3.
Film Daily
27 Oct 44
p. 7.
Hollywood Citizen-News
22 Jun 1944.
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Hollywood Citizen-News
12 Dec 1944.
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Hollywood Reporter
2 Apr 43
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Apr 43
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Jul 43
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Sep 43
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Mar 44
p. 19.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Apr 44
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
29 May 44
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Jun 44
p. 23.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Jun 44
p. 27.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Jul 44
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Jul 44
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Oct 44
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Nov 44
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Nov 44
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Nov 44
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Nov 44
p. 14.
Motion Picture Daily
23 Oct 1944.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
1 Jul 44
p. 1971.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
28 Oct 44
p. 2157.
New York Times
20 Nov 44
p. 25.
Variety
25 Oct 44
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2d unit dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost supv
MUSIC
Mus dir
Orch arr
DANCE
Dances created and staged by
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech adv
Unit mgr
SOURCES
MUSIC
"Brazil moreno," "Quando eu penso na Bahia" "Cafe" and "A batucada começou," music by Ary Barroso
"O passo do kanguru" by Haroldo Lobo and Milton De Olivera.
SONGS
"Brazil," music and Portuguese lyrics by Ary Barroso, English lyrics by S. K. Russell
"Quando a noite e serena," Portuguese music and lyrics by Ary Barroso and Aloysio Oliveira, English version, "Tonight You're Mine," music by Ary Barroso, lyrics by Ned Washington
"Rio de Janeiro," "Moonlight Fiesta" and "The Vaquero Song," music and Portuguese lyrics by Ary Barroso and Aloysio Oliveira, English lyrics by Ned Washington
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SONGS
"Brazil," music and Portuguese lyrics by Ary Barroso, English lyrics by S. K. Russell
"Quando a noite e serena," Portuguese music and lyrics by Ary Barroso and Aloysio Oliveira, English version, "Tonight You're Mine," music by Ary Barroso, lyrics by Ned Washington
"Rio de Janeiro," "Moonlight Fiesta" and "The Vaquero Song," music and Portuguese lyrics by Ary Barroso and Aloysio Oliveira, English lyrics by Ned Washington
"Ke ke ke re," music and lyrics by Ary Barroso and Alvaro de S. Carvalho
"Upa upa," "Choro" and "Blim Blem Blao," music and lyrics by Ary Barroso
"Hands Across the Border," music and lyrics by Ned Washington and Hoagy Carmichael.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
30 November 1944
Premiere Information:
St. Louis opening: 14 November 1944
New York opening: 16 November 1944
Production Date:
early June--late July 1944
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
16 October 1944
Copyright Number:
LP12997
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
90-91
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
10331
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

American writer Nicky Henderson travels to Rio de Janeiro to spend two weeks researching a new book on Brazil. When the local reporters discover that Nicky is the author of the unflattering Why Marry a Latin? , they treat her coldly, but she is happily greeted by Rod Walker, a diplomat and former boyfriend. Rod, who still loves Nicky, takes her to a nightclub and introduces her to famed dancers Veloz and Yolanda, but Nicky is more interested in exploring the "real" Brazil. The next day, Nicky goes to a travel agency owned by Everett St. John Everett and there meets Miguel Soares. Miguel, who is the renowned composer of the hit song "Brazil," pretends to be a tour guide when he mistakenly assumes that Nicky is a writer of travel books. After he makes a date with Nicky for sightseeing that afternoon, Miguel rhapsodizes about her beauty to Everett, who chastises him for taking time away from composing. Everett has cause to worry, as the rights to Miguel's next song, which is to have its premiere in two weeks at Carnival, have been sold to American music publisher Edward Graham. Graham has been nagging Everett about Miguel's tardiness, but Miguel assures his friend that he will be able to work once he is inspired by Nicky. Miguel takes Nicky to see many interesting sights, and although she longs to continue her tour, Rod insists that she accompany him to the lush ranch of his friend, Señor Machada. Miguel is saddened that Nicky is leaving Rio, but his attitude changes when Everett informs him that she is not a simple ... +


American writer Nicky Henderson travels to Rio de Janeiro to spend two weeks researching a new book on Brazil. When the local reporters discover that Nicky is the author of the unflattering Why Marry a Latin? , they treat her coldly, but she is happily greeted by Rod Walker, a diplomat and former boyfriend. Rod, who still loves Nicky, takes her to a nightclub and introduces her to famed dancers Veloz and Yolanda, but Nicky is more interested in exploring the "real" Brazil. The next day, Nicky goes to a travel agency owned by Everett St. John Everett and there meets Miguel Soares. Miguel, who is the renowned composer of the hit song "Brazil," pretends to be a tour guide when he mistakenly assumes that Nicky is a writer of travel books. After he makes a date with Nicky for sightseeing that afternoon, Miguel rhapsodizes about her beauty to Everett, who chastises him for taking time away from composing. Everett has cause to worry, as the rights to Miguel's next song, which is to have its premiere in two weeks at Carnival, have been sold to American music publisher Edward Graham. Graham has been nagging Everett about Miguel's tardiness, but Miguel assures his friend that he will be able to work once he is inspired by Nicky. Miguel takes Nicky to see many interesting sights, and although she longs to continue her tour, Rod insists that she accompany him to the lush ranch of his friend, Señor Machada. Miguel is saddened that Nicky is leaving Rio, but his attitude changes when Everett informs him that she is not a simple travel writer. Upon learning that Nicky is the author of Why Marry a Latin? , Miguel vows to make her fall in love with him and then break her heart. Hoping to get Miguel out of town, as the impatient Graham is due to arrive soon, Everett suggests that Miguel also go to Machada's ranch. Once he is at the ranch, Miguel convinces Machada, an old family friend, to pretend that Miguel speaks only Portuguese. When the astonished Nicky assumes that the non-comprehending Miguel is her tour guide, Machada explains that this Miguel, the famous composer, is the twin brother of her tour guide, and that all of the children in their family are named Miguel. Nicky quickly falls in love with the romantic, singing Miguel, but when they return to Rio, Everett again scolds Miguel for spending time pursuing Nicky instead of writing his song. Miguel, whose current melody comes from a tune that Nicky frequently hums, must again leave town when Graham arrives and demands the song. Miguel arranges for his uncle, Renato Da Silva, to take Nicky and him to his coffee plantation, but Nicky inadvertently complicates his plans by inviting Graham. Accompanied by Everett, Miguel tries to stall Graham while continuing to romance Nicky. Unknown to Everett, Miguel sincerely loves Nicky and is thrilled when she accepts his proposal of marriage. One morning, Everett, afraid that Nicky is going to be hurt by Miguel's duplicity, tells her that there is only Miguel the composer, who is toying with her affections out of revenge for her book. Heartbroken, Nicky returns to Rio, and the lonely Miguel finishes his song. Stranded in Rio due to wartime travel restrictions, Nicky attends the Carnival with Rod, and despite her dismay at hearing Miguel's song played everywhere, she enjoys a performance by visiting American movie star Roy Rogers. Miguel takes little pleasure in having won the grand prize for songwriting, but his spirits soar once more when Everett finds Nicky and brings her to the nightclub where Miguel is singing. The happy couple then reconcile as everyone sings Miguel's composition. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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