A young Venezuelan idealist flees his native land to escape a revolution. Hoping to find peace, he goes to the mountains and the forests of the Amazon. There he encounters Rima, the Bird Girl, an orphan living a life of nature. It is all an admirable romance telling a tale of "quest, love, and violence."Written by
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[On board a boat: Abel has escaped from the rebels]
Are you from Caracas?
Why do you ask?
I thought you might have seen something of the revolution. Yesterday we heard that the rebels were sacking the town and assassinating many government officials.
[Jumps to his feet]
"Assassinating" doesn't seem like quite the right word. It's too dignified... They shoot them in their beds, and then they burn their houses down.
We saw the glow in the sky. It seemed as if the whole horizon had caught fire. If ...
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An impossible story to film, but Mel Ferrer almost brings it off.
When I read Hudson's "Green Mansions" I thought, "Well, they'll never make a movie out of this!" But director Mel Ferrer gives it a good try and might have had even more success if he had cast a stronger actor than Anthony Perkins as the male lead. Audrey Hepburn is marvelous as Rima, the bird-girl (Who else could have played the role?) and the rest of the cast is strong, especially Henry Silva as a virile, villainous Indian. There's an imaginative use of Cinemascope and the score (mostly Bronislaw Kaper but some Heitor Villa-Lobos) is atmospheric and sensuous. The revised ending (Is she dead or isn't she?) fails but the book's conclusion isn't any better. For the Romantics among us. I've seen this movie several times and never fail to enjoy it.
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