"SOUTH AMERICAN WAYS" 1960s RIO DE JANEIRO & BUENOS AIRES TRAVELOGUE ARGENTINA / BRAZIL 14724
This episode of Jack Douglas’ television series Across the Seven Seas, “South American Ways,” takes viewers on a tour of Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires after sundown. The episode starts with an aerial view of Rio (01:25). Sugarloaf Mountain rises across the bay. At night, Rio is lit by neon signs. People cram onto a streetcar to ride home. The episode takes viewers into a middle-class home to show a family having dinner (02:20). Next, viewers see a musical production of a Carnival dance (02:40). Footage shows window displays of Rio’s various businesses (03:35). Two women shop for jewelry at H. Stern, Rio’s most famous jeweler. A man designs a piece of jewelry in the store. A jeweler examines a stone and grinds it down to a small piece (04:44). A woman shows off trays of jewelry. The episode then visits the studio of showman Walter Pinto (06:20); huge stainless-steel doors open up to his office. People go through costumes for Pinto’s show. A woman applies makeup backstage. Footage of the show’s dress rehearsal features women dancing a ballet, then men and women dancing a folk dance. A man takes an elevator up to the Night and Day Club (08:58). People watch a performance of “Million Dollar Baby,” which includes a samba performance (09:43). The episode leaves Rio and heads to Argentina, starting with an aerial view of Buenos Aires (11:24). A man walks past tiled mosaics on a wall (12:22). The episode visits a handful of restaurants, including La Querencia (13:00) where men perform a folk dance, an Italian restaurant where people dance and twirl napkins (13:32), and another establishment where the customers spontaneously dance together. A cook prepares four-inch steaks at Pulperia “La Gueya” (16:55). The episode takes viewers to the docks where the fires of dockworkers are used to cook meat (17:22). A street vendor hands out coffee. The episode visits a wine bottling plant (18:00) and a fashion show at a hotel (18:44). A man paints flowers in his home (20:07), which is decorated with an Argentine rancher vibe. There are shots of a shopping district in Buenos Aires (21:30), as well as a store that sells fur coats. Women model the fur coats, including jaguar and ocelot. Two women look at silverware and alligator purses while shopping (22:30). The episode then ends with a montage of footage from earlier scenes that show the life of the two cities after sundown.
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