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Rio de Janeiro 'City of Splendour' (1936)

This Traveltalks short showcases the sights and sounds of Rio de Janeiro, emphasizing its Portuguese influence.


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Uncredited cast:
James A. FitzPatrick ...
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)


James FitzPatrick narrates this visit to a city on an inlet discovered by European explorers 400 years ago. We see Sugarloaf mountain from various views and travel through this city of more than 1 million people. We see its mosaic sidewalks, its many parks, and its royal palms (planted originally by Portugal's king while in exile in 1808). We visit swimming clubs and the avenida along the waterfront. The city is a haven for racial tolerance: skin color does not define social class. It ends with a visit to tiny shops where young women make butterfly art: combining glass, paint, and the wings of Brazil's 700+ species of butterflies. Many finished pieces are images of Sugarloaf. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Documentary | Short






Release Date:

12 September 1936 (USA)  »

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(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

(RCA High Fidelity Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Rio de Janeiro -- a bustling metropolis...
5 April 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

A rather ordinary Traveltalk from James A. Fitzpatrick about Rio de Janeiro, described as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

The emphasis, of course, is on the beautiful mosaic patterns on the sidewalks; the numerous parks and fountains; the Royal palm trees; and the smart shops that comprise the bustling metropolis of Rio. The city began the turnover from old to new during the period from 1902-06.

But still, the most imposing sight is the outstanding landmark--Sugarloaf Mountain. Replicas of it are shown on various ornamental objects for the tourist trade--as are the colorful butterfly specimens that appear on much of the art work.

An interesting glimpse at a beautiful city.

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