Saturday, February 16, 2013
Flying Down to Rio and mental illness in the '30s
As I've posted before, I'm a sucker for movies from the 30s. TCM was showing "Flying Down to Rio," and I was stunned by the climax in which chorus girls are shown dancing on the wings of biplanes.
This is insane!
The girls would dance, then they'd cut to the ground where people would ooh and ahh.
Of course it was all done with rear-screen projection, but you'd have to be insane to even come up with an idea like that.
Then it gets better: Under the planes are trapezes, and two trapeze artists are tossing a girl back and forth. And they drop one! But it's OK, she lands on then wing of another plane. They gives a thumbs up to the crowd, and everyone claps.
Truly the work of maniacs!