Jorge Amado’s seductive 1966 novel has had myriad adaptations, including a Broadway musical and a Mexican telenovela, but none has endured like Barreto’s (meta)physical sex comedy, which reigned as Brazil’s all-time, top-grossing movie for over three decades—and was remade in America as Kiss Me Goodbye with Sally Field, James Caan, and Jeff Bridges.
Leading lady Sônia Braga became an international star via her torrid performance as Flor, who can’t resist the carnal charms of her philandering ne’er-do-well husband. After he drops dead, she remarries into a more stable union but when her late spouse reappears as a spirit, the flesh is all too willing to re-engage. Originally screening at the Quad in 1978 and returning in a beautiful 4K restoration last March, this comic and erotic precursor to Ghost is being revived again.
In Portuguese with English subtitles.
Still courtesy of the Everett Collection.