Sunday, January 15, 2017

'O Candelabro Italiano' - 27 February 1963

24 February 1963 - It was a Sunday before Carnaval... 'O candelabro italiano' (Rome Adventure) would open exactly on Ash Wednesday - 27 February 1963 at Cine Astor and Cine Paisandu. The columnist at newspaper 'O Estado de S.Paulo' wrote a lot of non-sense about the movie he had not seen yet even saying Suzanne was French when everyone knows Ms Pleshette was born in Brooklyn, New York.

Nothing of that really matters. What we're interested in is that 'O candelabro italiano' despite having opened at Carnaval's low season went on to become one of the most popular movies shown in 1963... sending 'Al di là' sung in the sound-track by Emilio Pericoli to Number One in the Brazilian Hit Parade... which opened the flood-gates to the insuing Italian music invasion of Brazil.
Historia de um quarteto amoroso que se complica e também encontra sua solução em meio as atrações turísticas de Roma. Como diretor, Delmer Daves não inspira nenhuma confiança, mas pelo produtor sabe como dar certa classe a seus filmes. Este marca a estreia de Suzanne Pleshette, uma francesinha parecida com Elizabeth Taylor, e que vem causando sensação nos Estados Unidos.
22 December 1963 - by the end of 1963 Alberto Lattuada's 1962 production 'Mafioso' which had Norma Benguel in the female-lead was released with pomp & circumstance... in the Brazilian ad Norma Benguel's name tops that of Alberto Sordi's which is a contradiction in itself since the movie's title referred to his portrayal not hers... well, Brazilians were proud of its country woman starring in such an important foreign movie and couldn't contain their enthusiasm.
In the meantime one could hear Rita Pavone sing 'La partita di pallone' or 'Cuore' on the radio waves... Emilio Pericoli's 'Al di là' had reached the top of the charts around July... Nico Fidenco's 'Legata a un granello di sabbia' was high in the charts... and RCA Victor was preparing its onslaught of Italian hits releasing its music catalogue as soon as Carnaval was over after Fat Tuesday, 11 February 1964 and Ash Wednesday, 12 February 1964.