L'Homme de Rio (1964)

Genres - Adventure  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Comedy, Action Comedy, Romantic Adventure  |   Run Time - 114 min.  |   Countries - France, Italy  |  
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At his worst, Philippe de Broca can be arch and cloying, but in his early international hit, a whimsical comedy-adventure-romance that plays like a more leisurely version of Romancing the Stone (1984), he's at his unpretentious best. As the bewildered Air Force pilot whose girlfriend (Françoise Dorléac) is kidnapped by Indians who need her to help them locate an Amazonian treasure, Jean-Paul Belmondo gives a performance likely to elicit nods of recognition from anyone who's been put in a weird situation by a love. His perpetual exasperation is the film's comic engine, but the stunning Dorléac is equally good as the dizzy dame who seems to enjoy the ride even more as the danger ratchets up. Not the least of the film's pleasures is the Brazilian backdrop, which includes locations in Rio and Brasilea, along with the indigenous music, especially the laid-back eroticism of the samba.