Quem não sentiu o swing de Henri Salvador? (Who hasn’t felt the swing of Henri Salvador?)- from Reconvexo by Caetano Veloso.
In 2005 the Brazilian Minister of Culture, the artiste Gilberto Gil , presented French singer Henri Salvador with the Order of Cultural Merit in recognition of his influence on Brazilian culture, particularly on bossa nova.
So, what was the connection?
The 1959 Italian film Europa Di Notte *(Nuits D’Europe/Europe by Night) directed by Alessandro Blasetti, proved popular in Brazil. Europa Di Notte was a risque “mondo” documentary featuring a selection of nightclub and striptease acts from across Europe, including the Crazy Horse Saloon in Paris. The soundtrack of the film featured Dans Mon Ile by the French Guianese born Salvador .
The song’s influence on bossa nova is immediately apparent, and it was later covered by Brazilian artists Eumir Deodato (1964) and Caetano Veloso (1981).
2005 proved to be a good year for M.Salvador- he came in on 52nd place in the election of Le Plus Grand Français (The Greatest Frenchmen). (Put into perspective: Rimbaud came in 82nd, Jean-Paul Sartre 96th)…
*Scenes from Europa Di Notte are also featured in Do You Remember Dolly Bell?, directed by Emir Kusturica (the real Dolly Bell being one of the acts featured in Blasetti’s movie…)