THAT MAN FROM RIO at New York Botanical Gardens

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Cinema Tropical will be presenting the special film series ‘Cinema Brasileiro’ as part of a full-garden homage to iconic Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx organized by the New York Botanical Garden this summer in New York City. “Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx” will run Saturday, June 8, through Sunday, September 29, featuring a full slate of accompanying programs including the special film program presented in partnership with Cinema Tropical, programmed by Mary Jane Marcasiano, and organized by Pilar Dirickson Garrett.

(L'homme de Rio, Philippe de Broca, France/Italy, 1964, 112 min. In French, Portuguese, and English with English subtitles)

A blow dart-wielding thug snatches a rare statuette from the Musée de l’Homme; anthropologist Jean Servais (Rififi) is kidnapped in broad Parisian daylight; serviceman Jean-Paul Belmondo begins his 8-day leave by changing to civvies in a Métro entrance and witnesses fiancée Françoise Dorléac (Catherine Deneuve’s sister, killed in a car accident 3 years later) getting kidnapped herself–and then the chase begins: by motorcycle, shoe leather, flight to Rio de Janeiro sans ticket or passport, airport baggage carrier, cable car, pink car complete with green stars and a rumble seat, water skies, Amazon river boat, seaplane, jungle vine… all shot in breathtaking widescreen and color. Even as Dorléac, rescued, is kidnapped again, Belmondo performs his own blood-curdling stunts against that sugar loaf Rio skyline and across that under-construction unearthly architecture of Brasilia (even parachuting almost into the jaws of a hungry croc).

*Screenings included in Garden admission.