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‘Rio,’ ‘Notorious,’ more Rio-themed films to watch during the Olympics

Everyone loves the Olympics, but sometimes even just watching so much athleticism can be exhausting. If you need a break from the action, but still want to feel like you’re in Rio, here are some movies you can check out.

FLYING DOWN TO RIO (1933)

Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in1933 movie
Photo Credit: RKO Radio Pictures

Dolores Del Rio and Gene Raymond were top-billed in this lavish musical, but it was co-stars Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers who danced off with the movie once they took the floor for “The Carioca.”

NOTORIOUS (1946)

Scene from NOTORIOUS, from left, Cary Grant, Ingrid
Photo Credit: Everett Collection

Alfred Hitchcock’s perfect marriage of suspense and romance involved Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman trying to catch a Nazi spy (Claude Rains) living in Rio.

ROAD TO RIO (1947)

Actors Bob Hope, left, and Bing Crosby look
Photo Credit: Getty Images

Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour reteamed for one of their wackiest “Road” trips involved hypnotism, fortune hunters and a cavalry led by mustachioed comic Jerry Colonna.

BLAME IT ON RIO (1984)

A nervous Matthew Hollis (Michael Caine) receives more
Photo Credit: Twentieth Century Fox/Douglas Kirkland

How does Michael Caine spend his summer vacation? By falling for his best friend’s much younger daughter in this “Lolita”-esque comedy.

RIO (2011)

Jewel, Blu and Rafael the Toucan in Blue
Photo Credit: Twentieth Centurn Fox

In this animated romp, a domesticated macaw from Minnesota meets the female macaw of his dreams, and these birds of a feather are soon Rio-bound in an effort to save their species.

BLACK ORPHEUS (1959)

From left: Jorge Dos Santos, Breno Mello, and
Photo Credit: Lopert Pictures / Photofest

This critically acclaimed foreign language film Oscar winner took the mythological tale of Orpheus and Eurydice and transplanted it from Greece to Rio during Carnival.

 

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