A songwriter struggles to produce another successful hit for the National Brazilian song contest.A songwriter struggles to produce another successful hit for the National Brazilian song contest.A songwriter struggles to produce another successful hit for the National Brazilian song contest.
The movie's highlight comes early, when Veloz and Yolanda, a husband and wife dance team, dazzle with their ballroom steps to "Brazil," written by Ary Barroso five years prior to the film. However, Barroso did pen the song "Rio de Janeiro" for this movie and won an Academy Award nomination for his efforts. The uninspired script offers little to challenge the performers, although Bruce holds her own and emerges with dignity unscathed. Despite his voice and charm, Guizar's performance is a broad caricature of a Latin man, while Horton plays Horton, the daffy effeminate comedy relief. Filmed on the Republic back lot, "Brazil's" Brazil is shown through stock footage and rear projection.
Director Joseph Santley maintains a steady pace that helps viewers slide through the ridiculous moments and focus on the few highlights. However, other than Roy Rogers completists, fans of the three principals, and buffs seeking forgotten musicals, "Brazil's" value lies in the Veloz and Yolanda dance number and, arguably, Guizar's rendition of "Rio de Janeiro." Others may want to pass on this one.
- Feb 3, 2021