• Short Summary

    BRAZIL'S SPECTACULAR ANNUAL CARNIVAL CAME EARLY TO RIO DE JANEIRO THIS YEAR-FEBRUARY 7-11 - AND MORE THAN FIVE MILLION "CARIOCAS" (NATIVES OF RIO) AND TOURISTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD HAVE TAKEN TO THE STREETS OF THE CITY TO FOLLOW THE 50,000 MEMBERS OF "ESCOLAS DA SAMBA" (SAMBA SCHOOLS) WHO STAGE THE FLOAT PARADES AND CARNIVAL COMPETITIONS.

  • Description

    BRAZIL'S SPECTACULAR ANNUAL CARNIVAL CAME EARLY TO RIO DE JANEIRO THIS YEAR-FEBRUARY 7-11 - AND MORE THAN FIVE MILLION "CARIOCAS" (NATIVES OF RIO) AND TOURISTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD HAVE TAKEN TO THE STREETS OF THE CITY TO FOLLOW THE 50,000 MEMBERS OF "ESCOLAS DA SAMBA" (SAMBA SCHOOLS) WHO STAGE THE FLOAT PARADES AND CARNIVAL COMPETITIONS.

    IT IS SAID THAT BRAZILIANS WORSHIP "SOL, FUTEBOL E SAMBA" - SUN, FOOTBALL AND SAMBA - BUT, DURING CARNIVAL TIME, SAMARA TAKES PRECEDENCE OVER BOTH SUN AND FOOTBALL. CARIOCAS THINK, DREAM, EAT, BREATH SAMBA - THEY DO NOT SLEEP IT BECAUSE DURING CARNIVAL NO ONE SEEMS TO SLEEP AT ALL IN RIO. THE MUSIC OF THE SAMBA PERMEATES EVERYTHING AND NO ONE SEEMS TO WALK - JUST DANCE.

    THE TEN MAJOR "ESCOLAS DA SAMBA" - COMPRISING UP TO 4,000 PERSONS EACH - ARE FINANCED BY BOTH GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIES AND DONATIONS FROM SUPPORTERS. THE PARTICIPANTS ARE NEARLY ALL FROM THE "FAVELLAS" - THE SLUM DWELLINGS WHICH PACK THE HILLS OF RIO, CONTRASTING WITH THE SURROUNDING EXPENSIVE NEIGHBOURHOODS OF COPACABANA OR IPANEMA. FOR MOST OF THE YEAR THE INHABITANTS OF THE "FAVELLAS" LIVE SQUALID, WATERLESS, ELECTRICITYLESS LIVES. BUT, DURING THE PREPARATIONS FOR CARNIVAL, THE FIVE DAYS OF REVELRY, AND THE RECUPERATION PERIOD AFTERWARDS, THE ESCOLAS DA SAMBA HELP THEM TO FORGET ALL THEIR PROBLEMS - AND THE MEMBERS OF THE ESCOLA WHO WINS FIRST PRIZE ARE ELEVATED TO THE POSITION OF NATIONAL HEROES. CONTRARY TO THE IMPLICATION OF THEIR NAME - AN ESCOLA DA SAMBA IS NOT A SCHOOL AT ALL, BUT THE NAME GIVEN TO THE GROUP DEDICATED WHOLEHEARTEDLY TO THE SAMBA.

    WITH THIS YEAR'S OFFICIAL THEME OF "ABRE ALAS" - SPREAD YOUR WINGS SEX PLAYED AN IMPORTANT PART IN COSTUMES AND DECORATIONS, SPECIALLY AT THE SOCIAL HIGHLIGHT OF THE RIO CARNIVAL: THE MASQUED BALL AT THE COPACABANA PALACE HOTEL OPPOSITE THE FAMOUS COPA BEACHES. AND, ALTHOUGH THE CENSORS OBJECTED TO DRAWINGS ILLUSTRATING HENRY MILLER'S "SEXUS AND PLEXUS" BEING USED AS THE COPA'S THEME-BIKINIS AND SCANTY COSTUMES MADE UP FOR THE LOSS OF ALLEGORICAL DECORATIONS.

    AN INNOVATION THIS YEAR WAS THE INTRODUCTION OF PRIZES FOR "CAR COSTUMES" - AND THE WINNER WAS A GIANT, GENTLE-LOOKING, VELVETY TURTLE.

    FOR FIVE DAYS - SLUM DWELLER AND SOCIALITE BECOME ONE; DRUNKENNESS IS MORE FROM EXCITEMENT THAN DRINK; SAMBA IS KING.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABXT6H34DCWOK0SDXJI11ASH41
    Media URN:
    VLVABXT6H34DCWOK0SDXJI11ASH41
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/02/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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