“True love? Is there such a thing?”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Response to Peary s Review:
… and that “females tend to like it better than males, perhaps because of [the] extensive dancing and music (indeed, the film is like an epic dance).” He notes it’s “an extremely colorful film, with emphasis on local customs and costumes” as well as “splendid photography by Jean Bourgoin [that] captures [the] glorious setting.”
What Peary’s review curiously neglects to mention is the justifiable controversy over how, as described in Movie Diva’s review, “Poverty was romanticized, with the squalid favelas (shanty towns) shown as picturesque neighborhoods:”
… “blessed with great views and colorful décor, filled with charming, carefree, sexually joyful people.” Indeed, this film — made through the gaze of a white (French) male director — is notable for opening up the world’s eyes and ears to the joys of Brazilian music and dance, but at the cost of authenticity. As such, it’s a decidedly mixed bag — but it remains worth a one-time look by film fanatics simply for its visual and aural beauty, and for its historical relevance.
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments:
(Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die)