I was clicking around the TV last night and, as usual, I found myself checking to see what was on Turner Classic Movies. I stumbled upon "Bird of Paradise" and I never left. As soon as I saw Dolores del Rio I was completely smitten. Wow, del Rio is stunningly dreamy in this movie. I couldn't take my eyes off her. Because of that, the story also grabbed me too. I've become quite the fan of Joel McCrea over the last few years (almost exclusively McCrae's westerns) so the fact that he is also in this movie was an added bonus. "Bird of Paradise" is a humdinger of movie and I totally dug it.
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Bird of Paradise (1932) 1080p
Bird of Paradise is a movie starring Dolores del Rio, Joel McCrea, and John Halliday. A native girl falls for a visitor to her island, but she's chosen to be sacrificed to the volcano god.
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The Synopsis for Bird of Paradise (1932) 1080p
A young man falls overboard and is saved by a beautiful Polynesian girl. They fall in love, but their idyll is smashed when the local volcano begins to erupt. The man discovers that the local custom is to sacrifice a young woman to the volcanic gods. They try to escape but realize that "east is east and west is west, and never the twain shall meet."
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The Reviews for Bird of Paradise (1932) 1080p
Pre-code greatnessReviewed bypmtelefonVote: 9/10
This film is a good example of Pre-Code Hollywood Essentially the story of a sailor who falls in love with a native girl, this film has numerous examples of how Hollywood flourished before the production code set in some 3 years later. In most of the film Dolores Del Rio runs around in a straw skirt with nothing but a lei covering her breasts. In scenes where she is swimming, she appears to be totally nude with just some distortion in the water keeping us from seeing her totally naked. Also co-star Joel McCrea spends a good deal of the film walking around in his bathing suit.
The love scenes between McCrea and Del Rio vary. The first time it looks like rape, and Del Rio looks like she is visibly in pain. 3 years later the production code would not permit a white man to wed or be romantically involved with anyone but a white woman.
Among the crew of the ship is Richard "Skeets" Gallagher, who plays a stereotypically gay role, along with another sailor on the ship.
This film is now in the public domain and can frequently be found on television, and is available on DVD.
A lovely film to watch for a modern audience if one can see it as it is, a 1932 film with its targeted audience. To enjoy any film requires a suspension of belief. After all it's just flickering lights on a screen wall. But for those with an openness & romantic spirit, even with the artificial, high tech volcano scenes of the day, this is good attitude adjustment of modern life in civilization. Dolores Del Rio was considered the most beautiful woman in film, & she doesn't dissappoint in this film. I felt the film should have done better at the box office & gathered some academy awards, etc. The beauty of the exotic scenes were not so familiar as they are today & the sensuality was unusually well done, especially in that day. I'm afraid the film Code that came out 3 yrs. later permanently perverted the authentic, individualistic creativity of the industry. The movie themes were in contrast to the fearful, "control-freak" reactionary ways that still exists today, & can be seen in other cultures & decades. Ah, the taboo against self-expression, especially one's sensuality & being in control of ones life - whether it's involving one's ovaries or being forced to kill or be killed & destroy other cultures/civilizations (all in the name of good-intention's or anti-terrorism).