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.


Thursday, June 9, 2016

18 Aprile 1964 Italian hit parade


Here's an example of the Italian singles' charts - 18 April 1964 - and its correlation to the Brazilian charts of 6 or 7 months later. In other words... it took approximately between 6 months to one year for an Italian single to reach the Brazilian charts... when it did. 

Let's only take the records that entered both Italian and Brazilian charts: John Foster's 'Amore scusami' reached #1 in Italy on 18 April 1964 and reached #1 in Brazil 9 months later - on 5 January 1965. 

Adriano Celentano never had a hit in Brazil. Mina's 'È l'uomo per me' fell from the #1 position in Italy and - believe it or not - it was the one and only hit Mina has ever had in Brazil - reaching #8 in September 1964. 

Richard Anthony's 'Cin cin' was #1 in Italy in March 1964 and #1 in Brazil circa October 1964. 

Gianni Morandi's 'In ginocchio da te' reached #1 in Italy around June and # 5 in Brazil circa November 1964.

Nico Fidenco's 'Con te sulla spiaggia' was going up the Italian charts in April 1964 but only reached #15 in Brazil circa November 1964. 

Rita Pavone's 'Scrivi' went up 13 notches to #12 in April... in Brazil 'Scrivi' went up to #1 in August 1964. The only reason it went up so high and so soon was because Rita Pavone had toured Brazil in late June 1964 and was really popular on TV. 

Bobby Solo's 'Credi a me' reached #13 in Italy... it played well on the Brazilian radio but as 'Una lacrima sul viso' had been #2 for 8 weeks circa June-July 1964... it sort of cancelled itself out. 

So from out of a list of the 30 best selling singles in Italy in April 1964 - Brazilians chose to buy only 8 singles which was less than one-third. 


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Italian 'figurine' 1958

Nat King Cole 17 March 1917; Paul Anka 30 July 1941, in Ottawa, Canada.
Caterina Valente 14 January1931, in Paris; Adriano Celentano 6 January 1938.
Betty Curtis 22 March 1936; Rosemary Clooney 23 May 1928 in Maysville, Kentucky.
Maurice Chevalier 12 September 1888; Sergio Bruni 15 September 1921.
Jula de Palma 21 April 19312; Miranda Martino 26 November 1933.
Nora Orlandi 28 June 1933; Juliette Greco 7 February 1927.
Ella Fitzgerald 25 April 1917; Sarah Vaughn 27 March 1927.
Charles Trenet 18 May 1913; Johnny Dorelli 20 February 1937.
Yves Montand 13 October 1931; Vic Damone 13 June 1927.
Luciano Tajoli 17 April 1920; Aurelio Fierro 13 September 1923.
Teddy Reno 11 July 1926; Emilio Pericoli 7 January 1928.
Claudio Villa 1st January 1926; Nilla Pizzi 16 April 1919.
Patachou (Henriette Ragon) 10 June 1918; Edith Piaf 19 December 1915.
Tony Dallara 30 June 1936; Elvis Presley 8 January 1935.
Lena Horne 30 June 1917; Jacqueline François 30 Junauary 1932.
Doris Day 30 April 1922; Dalida (Yolanda Cristina Gigliotti) 17 January 1933.
Gilbert Becaud 24 October 1927; Harry Belafonte 1st May 1927. 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

'Il sorpasso' (Aquele que sabe viver) 1962 - 1964

Jean-Louis Trintgant & Vittorio Gassman 
just male-bonding...
and overtanking everyone else on the road to nowhere... 



18 October 1964 - 'Il sorpasso' (A ultrapassagem)

Um cabotino e enfatuado (naturalmente Vittorio Gassman, não poderia ser outro) conhece um rapaz simples e feliz (Jean-Louis Trintgant) e resolve a ensiná-lo a 'viver'. Numa corrida louca através da Italia, pontilhada de emulações, jogo, dança, brigas, bebidas e mulheres, Trintgnant acompanha o mestre, embora muitas vezes fique chocado com o seu cinismo e insensibilidade. Terminada a aventura, encontra-se ele também 'expert' na matéria, mas arcará com a certeza de que jamais poderá ser a mesma criatura humana e confiante de outrora. Como vemos, um assunto de certo modo inusitado e inesperado para as tendências quase 'chanchadistas', que sempre foram as do diretor Dino Risi. É um filme que vem obtendo elogios e, em media, agradando. A verificar, com certo cuidado.