Donated by Halla Linker Aguirre and California State University at Northridge, University Library in 2002
Television broadcast created by Hal Linker with his wife, Halla, and son, David. Footage was shot in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This film highlights the changes seen in Rio de Janeiro since the Linkers' visit there fourteen years earlier and the excitement of the days leading to Carnival. Footage shows a variety of old buildings, Portuguese churches, the senate building, the Palace of Justice, the Portuguese Colonial Church of Gloria, and the statue of Pedro Alvarez Cabral, the man who discovered Brazil. Compared is the Flamengo section fourteen years ago to the newly developed shoreline with attractive walkways. Scenery includes Sugarloaf Mountain which towers over Rio, other smaller mountains and the famous Copacabana beach with beautiful mosaic borders, a memorial to the Brazilian aviators that died in WWII, and a statue of Santos Dumont, who built the first gasoline motorized airship in Brazil. Shown are buildings decorated with sea shell designs, the large and intricate Church of the Candelária which is the focal point for Carnival, and people in costumes already dancing, singing and playing music in anticipation of the three and a half day celebration. Filmed are the colorful costumes with a variety of headgear and the immense excited crowd continuing to dance. The broadcast ends with the serene sunset of the first day.
Courtesy of Halla Linker
Human Studies Film Archives Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, Maryland 20746