PAUSE IT: What do you see? Two dancers, the dazzling Veloz and Yolanda, glide across a shiny marble floor in director Joseph Santley’s Brazil (1944). Graceful and carefree it is a true delight to watch them twirl to the samba rhythms and smooth camera work. If done well, interludes like this can be some of the most exhilarating and magical in all of cinema. Self-taught specialists in Latin dance, this American duo were among the most popular and lucrative dance acts of the 1930s and 1940s. Here, in their show-stopping number set to the title tune we see exactly why. With showcases such as this as their calling card the act catapulted into prominence, permitting them to open a handful of dance studios in America and promote the art of Latin ballroom dance to an eager new audience.
Cast: Tito Guízar, Virginia Bruce, Edward Everett Horton, Veloz and Yolanda, and Roy Rogers
Cinematography by: Jack A. Marta
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Pause It Archive:
January 9, 2019