Boas-vindas, and All Aboard for a first class luxury flight to that grandest and most glamourous tropical hot spots, Rio de Janeiro! And the Cap'n has definitely outdone himself today, because he loves you.
Yes, sun, sand, and some of the world's most beautiful women await in this great aviation and maritime crossroads! Catch the Clipper, catch a Zeppelin, catch some rays, catch a local lovely, or just have a few cocktails and enjoy the music. Be warned, there's a reason Rio never gets cold, and it's more than just latitude. So tonight for you good folks, since everything in Rio is BIGGER, tonight's Cabaret is bigger too. In fact, it's three times grander than normal - yes, folks, it's a Triple Feature!
First, our cartoon, courtesy of the great Walt Disney ("Saludos, Amigos", 1942), featuring a softer traditional work by one of Rio's grand master musicians, Ary Barroso. His masterpiece, Aquarela do Brazil (the Watercolors of Brazil) sung two way. In America, you may know it simply as Brazil [and for our time-traveling guests, you may remember it from covers by Django Reinhardt, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, or even, more disturbingly, from Terry Gilliam's movie of the same name]. Tonight, it is covered by two people: legendary tenor Aloysio Oliveira and by the lovely and unforgettable Carmen Miranda herself (footage from The Gang's All Here, 1943).
(this work was edited by Doni Sacramento, who well deserves a shout-out for it)
Next, our Feature Presentation, two(!) breathtaking scenes courtesy of the good folks at RKO Pictures. They come from their new musical extravaganza Flying Down to Rio, featuring Gene Raymond and the gorgeous Dolores del Rio, who is sure to be the greatest starlet the world has seen. Also introducing a talented young couple of dancers named Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire!
Enjoy first, a dance almost too hot to post (you've never seen such racy moves, I'm sure!), the Carioca!
Wow, what could possibly top that? How about the Carioca in the Air? Yes, how about the aerial acrobatics of those flying beauties from Flying Down to Rio? We're talking about wing walking lovelies, dozens of them, showing exactly the fast and fearless future that the Age of Aviation will provide!
(Who loves you, baby?)
And wow, after all that, nothing goes down like that great Brazilian master cocktail, the Caipirinha!
- 1.5 oz Cachaça (a Brazilian sugar cane spirit; if unavailable, substitute white rum)
- 1/2 Lime, quartered
- 2 tsp sugar
Muddle lime and sugar in an Old Fashioned glass. Fill glass with ice and add Cachaça. Garnish with a small piece of sugar cane.