Flying Down to Rio

Flying Down to Rio

DVD - 2006
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This film, containing the first of many Fred Astaire - Ginger Rogers partnerships, concerns a band in Rio. Songs include "The Carioca," "Orchids in the Moonlight," and the title song. Pilot and band leader Gene Raymond woos Dolores Del Rio, and then learns that she is engaged to a friend of his, after he flys her home to Rio. Fred & Ginger provide the musical moments. Notable for a brilliantly photographed finale with chorus girls on the wings of flying airplanes, the movie was the musical that broke with the rather contrived Busby Berkeley production and moved toward a closer integration of musical and narrative elements. Astaire's dance numbers come not as interruptions but as extensions of the plot.


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Dec 14, 2016

VERY GOOD 1933 pre-Code film with Fred and Ginger in side roles - and Gene Raymond and Dolores Del Rio as main stars.
Some great dancing (Carioca) and the fab wing dance ending cuts. Interesting celebration of South American culture from back in the day...

rufus_red4 May 11, 2014

The highlight of this film is of course the wonderful and incomparable Fred and Ginger. The story is silly, preposterous and just a reason for the 2 to occasionally dance together. Delores Del Rio is beautiful but her acting is shallow and she's not given much to do though she's got top billing.

EuSei Aug 02, 2011

Love the movie, especially because the Hotel Atlântico is actually the Copacabana Palace, built in 1923 and still standing, facing Copacabana beach. In 1933 the Copa was already famous and had hosted many famous people. From my research, I believe some of the areal scenes are also of Rio--although I was told by the Copacabana Palace that it was filmed in Malibu. The famous music, the "Carioca," sounds like a mix of tango with the Brazilian "maxixe" (pronounced masheeshee); it was not, nevertheless, originated in Brazil and was written by Americans. Some of the Portuguese (Brazilian) spoken was terrible; the only real Brazilian accent were from Julio (Raul Roulien) and the policemen. I was surprised at the women super-scanty clothes (especially the chorus girls') and a couple of the jokes--quite daring for the era! This is also the first movie in which Rogers and Astaire danced together. It seems audiences in theaters applauded their number and from then on the partnership started.


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EuSei Aug 02, 2011

What have those [Brazilian] girls got below the equator that we haven’t got?


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