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Green Mansions (1959)

A young man in the jungles of Venezuela meets a strange girl of the forest and falls in love with her.

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A young Venezuelan idealist flees his native land to escape a revolution. Hoping to find peace, he goes to the mountains and the forests of the Amazon. There he encounters Rima, the Bird Girl, an orphan living a life of nature. It is all an admirable romance telling a tale of "quest, love, and violence." Written by alfiehitchie

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...W.H. Hudson's unforgettable story of love and adventure in the South American jungles! See more »


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3 September 1959 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A Flor Que Não Morreu  »

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$3,288,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Ferrer made a scouting trip to South American and shot stock footage to use in the process photography in this film. Acres of studio back lot were then constructed to match that footage. See more »

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When Abel kneels over the dead fawn, it can be seen breathing. See more »

Quotes

Priest: [On board a boat: Abel has escaped from the rebels] Are you from Caracas?
Abel: Why do you ask?
Priest: I thought you might have seen something of the revolution. Yesterday we heard that the rebels were sacking the town and assassinating many government officials.
Abel: [Jumps to his feet] "Assassinating" doesn't seem like quite the right word. It's too dignified... They shoot them in their beds, and then they burn their houses down.
Priest: We saw the glow in the sky. It seemed as if the whole horizon had caught fire. If ...
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Connections

Referenced in Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Song of Green Mansions
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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Hepburn in an Odd Though Watchable Curio as a Jungle Girl
23 August 2006 | by (San Francisco, CA, USA) – See all my reviews

This must surely be the strangest movie that Audrey Hepburn made, though it's not without its virtues. Directed by her-then husband, actor Mel Ferrer, the 1959 movie is a fanciful adventure story where Hepburn plays Rima, a nymph-like "bird girl" living in the remotest part of the Venezuelan jungle. She is being hunted by the local Indian tribesmen for being an evil spirit, but she is protected first by her grandfather Nuflo and then by Abel, a young political refugee whom she rescues after he is bitten by a deadly coral snake. The slowly-paced story initially focuses on Abel's hazardous journey into the jungle with Joseph Ruttenberg's cinematography nicely capturing the authentic Amazon locations.

Rima shows up as a shadowy figure about a half-hour into the film and doesn't speak until about ten minutes later. Leave it to Hepburn to exhibit any sort of conviction in such an impossible role. Looking ethereal if a little too styled and coiffed (even without Givenchy) and sounding entirely too Euro-cosmopolitan, she still exudes Rima's innocence while discovering the darker secrets of her past. The rest of the cast is not as lucky. Anthony Perkins, a year away from "Psycho", is irritatingly unctuous as Abel when he is not simply confounded by his heroic role. His low point has to be the ridiculous scene when he sings a love song to Rima as he strums his guitar. And where exactly did the guitar come from? Familiar character actors show up in the oddest roles. Lee J. Cobb, heavily made up as a cross between Uncle Jesse Duke and Santa Claus, turns in yet another ham-fisted performance as Nuflo, and Henry Silva is cast as another exotic as the ultimately nefarious tribal leader. Nehemiah Persoff has a small bit at the beginning as a greedy trader, while Sessue Hayakawa, of all people, has a mostly silent role as the tribal leader. Adding to the artifice is the obvious use of soundstages and matte shots to replicate the jungle, and the ending is pure Hollywood sappiness. This is a curio for Hepburn fans.


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