Brazilian Classics

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Sleeping Ember (1928)
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(120 mins.)
Director: Humberto Mauro
“ Rio de Janeiro
second decade, 20Th century ” - quietgiant2
 
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São Paulo, a Metropolitan Symphony (1929 Documentary)
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Documentary about the city of São Paulo, Brazil, having as model and inspiration the previous Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Großstadt (1927). (90 mins.)
 
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Sangue mineiro (1930)
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In the beginning of the Twentieth Century, in Belo Horizonte, the industrial Sampaio lives in a manor house with his stepdaughter Carmen... (82 mins.)
Director: Humberto Mauro
 
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Limite (1931)
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Three people sail aimlessly while remembering their past. (114 mins.)
Director: Mario Peixoto
 
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Bonequinha de Seda (1936)
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(115 mins.)
Director: Oduvaldo Vianna
 
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O Ébrio (1946)
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A good-hearted man, betrayed by his wife and friends, fakes his death and takes up a new identity, as a nameless, wandering drunkard. (107 mins.)
Director: Gilda de Abreu
 
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Caiçara (1950)
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A beautiful woman with a tragic past marries the owner of a small shipyard in an island, and they set up residence in a poor village. Besides not being able to adapt to the place, the partner of her husband becomes hostile to her presence. (92 mins.)
 
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Terra É Sempre Terra (1951)
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(90 mins.)
Director: Tom Payne
 
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Song of the Sea (1953)
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In the drought areas of Northeastern of Brazil, groups of migrants move trying to find better place to live... (124 mins.)
 
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Canto da Saudade (1952)
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Coronel Januário's daughter, Maria Fausta, is having a secret affair with João Galdino. While her father... (100 mins.)
Director: Humberto Mauro
 
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Cangaceiro (1953)
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Brazilian movie inspired by American westerns (but losing none of its cultural integrity) about Cangaceiro... (105 mins.)
Director: Lima Barreto
 
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Matar ou Correr (1954)
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"High Noon" spoof. Kid Bolha and Ciscocada, two clumsy swindlers, arrive at a violent Old West town called Citydown where... (87 mins.)
Director: Carlos Manga
 
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Nem Sansão Nem Dalila (1955)
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Barber's jeep crash against crazy scientist's house, where the latter was building a time-machine. The crash triggers the machine... (90 mins.)
Director: Carlos Manga
 
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Rio 100 Degrees F. (1955)
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A semi-documentary on the people of Rio de Janeiro. The camera follows boys from a hillside shanty town who sell peanuts at Copacabana... (100 mins.)
 
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Absolutamente Certo (1957)
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A man who's memorized his town's telephone directory tries his luck on a TV Show. But a small group of people who control the bettings in town try to get advantage of his simple-mindedness. (95 mins.)
Director: Anselmo Duarte
 
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O Homem do Sputnik (1959)
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UFO falls on a hillbilly's hencoop and he tries to sell it. Soon international missions are sent to the place, for there's a suspicion it might be the famous Russian satellite, the Sputnik. (98 mins.)
Director: Carlos Manga
 
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The Given Word (1962)
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A simple yet devout Christian makes a vow to Saint Barbara after she saves his donkey, but everyone he meets seems determined to misunderstand his intentions. Will he be able to keep his promise in the end? (98 mins.)
Director: Anselmo Duarte
 
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Assault on the Pay Train (1962)
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Film about the true events in Rio de Janeiro, in 1960, when a gang having the infamous outlaw Tião Medonho as a leader performed a sensational railroad hold-up on a train carrying a small fortune. (102 mins.)
Director: Roberto Farias
 
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Barren Lives (1963)
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A poor family in the Northeast of Brazil (Fabiano, the father; Sinhá Vitória, the mother; their 2 children... (103 mins.)
 
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Black God, White Devil (1964)
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Fictionalized account of the adventures of hired gunman Antonio das Mortes, set against the real life last days of rural banditism... (120 mins.)
Director: Glauber Rocha
 
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Toda Donzela Tem Um Pai Que É Uma Fera (1966)
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General's daughter, who lives with her boyfriend without being married, gets in trouble when her conservative father decides to visit her. A friend decides to help them, but things only get worse. (100 mins.)
Director: Roberto Farias
 
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Todas as Mulheres do Mundo (1966)
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Womanizer suddenly finds a woman who makes him change the way he looks at women. He falls in love, and believes she is in fact all women in one... (86 mins.)
 
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Case of the Naves Brothers (1967)
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The innocent brothers are wrongly accused of a crime by a corrupt and violent police officers and are forced to face the injustices of the brazilian penal system. (92 mins.)
 
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Entranced Earth (1967)
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Eldorado, a fictitious country in Latin America, is sparkling with the internal struggle for political power... (111 mins.)
Director: Glauber Rocha
 
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The Girl Watchers (1969)
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Two ladykillers living in Rio de Janeiro know no limits when courting a beautiful woman. A problem arises when one of them starts coming on to a girl, not knowing she's his buddy's daughter. (102 mins.)
Director: Reginaldo Faria
“ Better than "Os Cafajestes" ” - quietgiant2
 
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The Murdered House (1971)
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Newly wed arrives at her husband's family house, in the country. The heavy atmosphere of the house frightens her... (103 mins.)
 
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Independência ou Morte (1972)
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The dream of Brazilian independence, under Dom Pedro I, is expressed in the cry of "Freedom or Death" (O Grito de Independencia ou Morte)... (108 mins.)
Director: Carlos Coimbra
 
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All Nudity Shall Be Punished (1973)
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Rich, spoiled youngman encounters a prostitute, and gets confused about the nature of his feelings for her; he can't decide between attraction, and repulsion. (102 mins.)
Director: Arnaldo Jabor
 
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The Marriage (1976)
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(110 mins.)
Director: Arnaldo Jabor
 
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Isaura: Slave Girl (1976 TV Series)
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The difficulties faced by a young, sweet-hearted white slave targeted by the obsession of her lord in the Brazilian colonial time period. (26 mins.)
 
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Xica da Silva (1976)
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The romanced story of Xica da Silva, a slave that used her "feminine atributs" in order to get power. (107 mins.)
Director: Carlos Diegues
 
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Os Inconfidentes (1972)
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A film version of the Minas Gerais Conspiracy, a separatist movement that took place on the year 1789, from its beginning to the execution of Tiradentes. (100 mins.)
 
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Heavy Trouble (1977)
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Young robber, son of a prostitute who had killed herself, gets involved with two police informers, who force him to share the loot he gets. (110 mins.)
Director: Reginaldo Faria
 
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Batalha dos Guararapes (1978)
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(156 mins.)
Director: Paulo Thiago
 
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Estupro (1979)
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A prominent millionaire gets a woman drunk and rapes her, biting off her nipple in the process. Because of his influence and powerful lawyer... (100 mins.)
 
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Bye Bye Brasil (1980)
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The Caravana Rolidei rolls into town with the Gypsy Lord at the mike: he does magic tricks, the erotic Salomé dances... (100 mins.)
Director: Carlos Diegues
 
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O Homem que Virou Suco (1980)
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São Paulo police mistakenly thinks a folk poet and singer is the same man who had stabbed his boss. (97 mins.)
 
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They Don't Wear Black Tie (1981)
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Union leader's son doesn't want to engage in a strike, because his wife is pregnant, thus disregarding his father's tradition of political activism. (120 mins.)
Director: Leon Hirszman
 
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Pixote (1981)
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The life of a boy in the streets of Sao Paulo, involved with little crimes, prostitution, etc (128 mins.)
Director: Hector Babenco
 
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Bonitinha Mas Ordinária ou Otto Lara Rezende (1981)
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Rich man wants to pay one of his employees a lot of money in order he marries his daughter, who had been raped by five men. But something in the girl's story isn't quite right. (85 mins.)
Director: Braz Chediak
 
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I Love You (1981)
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Man meets woman, and invites her home. The two start an intense relationship in order to shield themselves from loneliness. (110 mins.)
Director: Arnaldo Jabor
 
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Casa de Irene (1982 TV Series)
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Stars: Nair Bello
 
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Rio Babilônia (1982)
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Public relations man is invited to guide American millionaire during his stay in Rio de Janeiro. In this course... (115 mins.)
 
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Pra Frente, Brasil (1982)
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This movie is about one of the worst periods for the Brazilian people. Shows the days of military dictatorship... (105 mins.)
Director: Roberto Farias
 
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Sargento Getúlio (1983)
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In the 40s, sergeant is ordered to escort a political prisoner from Paulo Afonso to Aracaju, Brazil... (85 mins.)
Director: Hermanno Penna
 
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Inocência (1983)
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In the 19th century, a country girl is seduced by a young doctor who's staying at her house for a few days, caring for her, and tries to hide the forbidden romance from her father, who disapproves of the relationship. (118 mins.)
Director: Walter Lima Jr.
 
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Twenty Years Later (1984 Documentary)
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Eduardo Coutinho was filming a movie with the same name in the Northeast of Brazil, in 1964, when there came the military coup... (119 mins.)
 
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Roque Santeiro (1985 TV Series)
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Roque was thought dead in his hometown. He was worshiped as a saint. But now he's back. How is he going to explain this to them?
 
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The Man in the Black Cape (1986)
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Biography of Brazilian congressman Tenório Cavalcanti, who used to appear in public carrying a machine-gun, and wearing a black cloak. (120 mins.)
Director: Sergio Rezende
 
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The War of Brazil (1987 Documentary)
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Documentary on 19th-century war between Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina. (104 mins.)
Director: Sylvio Back
 
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Sermões - A História de Antônio Vieira (1989)
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History of father Antônio Vieira, born in Portugal, in 1608, and who died in Salvador, Brasil, in 1697... (78 mins.)
Director: Júlio Bressane
 
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Pantanal (1990 TV Series)
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The love between a young man, newcomer from the city to the inland Brazilian Pantanal, and a brave and mysterious inhabitant woman who happens to be a shapeshifter. (60 mins.)
 
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Better Days Ahead (1990)
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Earning her living by dubbing American TV Series, a woman dreams of becoming an international Hollywood star. (92 mins.)
Director: Carlos Diegues
 
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Agosto (1993 Mini-Series)
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The series tells the story of a criminal investigation into the murder of the businessman Paulo Gomes de Aguiar...
 
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It's All True (1993 Documentary)
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A documentary about Orson Welles's unfinished three-part film about South America. (87 mins.)
 
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O Alienista (1993 TV Series)
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Carlota Joaquina: Princesa do Brazil (1995)
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A hot blooded Spanish princess plots to conquer her enemies and become queen. (100 mins.)
Director: Carla Camurati
 
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O Quatrilho (1995)
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Two couples of Italian immigrants are part of a game that leads to treason and brings serious consequences to those who lose. (92 mins.)
Director: Fábio Barreto
 
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The Jew (1996)
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Portugal, 1739, the reign of King João V, who tries to keep a delicate balance between the power of the Church and the interests of the Court... (91 mins.)
Director: Jom Tob Azulay
 
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Tieta of Agreste (1996)
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Just when her family starts believing that she is dead, and that they can expect a rich heritage, Tieta... (115 mins.)
Director: Carlos Diegues
 
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For All: Springboard to Victory (1997)
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During the Second World War, the U.S.A. established a military base in Natal, Brazil, changing in many ways people's lives and behavior. (95 mins.)
 
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Little Book of Love (1997)
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The story of a relationship illustrated by words in alphabetical order. (91 mins.)
Director: Sandra Werneck
 
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Four Days in September (1997)
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Fernando, a journalist, and his friend César join terrorist group MR8 in order to fight Brazilian dictatorial regime during the late sixties... (110 mins.)
Director: Bruno Barreto
 
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The Battle of Canudos (1997)
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The drama of a poor family in the bloodiest war in the History of Brazil: the war of Canudos. (170 mins.)
Director: Sergio Rezende
 
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Hilda Hurricane (1998 TV Series)
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On her wedding day, teenage queen Hilda left the church and went straight to the red-light district. (120 mins.)
 
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Policarpo Quaresma, Herói do Brasil (1997)
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Policarpo is a chauvinistic patriot, a major who tries to find solutions for Brazilian problems using only the resources of his own country... (123 mins.)
Director: Paulo Thiago
 
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O Auto da Compadecida (1999 Mini-Series)
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The film tells the adventures of friends João Grilo, a poor man a liar, and Chicó, the most cowardly of men...
Director: Guel Arraes
 
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Mauá - O Imperador e o Rei (1999)
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A movie about a Brazilian entrepreneur who rivalled American's richest man at his time, well-known Rockfeller... (135 mins.)
Director: Sergio Rezende
 
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The Thorn and the Rose (2000 TV Series)
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A short tempered, feminist rich woman notable for her aversion to marriage and her aggressive behavior gradually falls in love for a rough and lowly farmer. (60 mins.)
 
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Villa-Lobos: A Life of Passion (2000)
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The film tells the story of an intuitive, adventurous man who loved his country and being Brazilian... (132 mins.)
Director: Zelito Viana
 
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Days of Nietzsche in Turin (2001)
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A cinematographic essay, without dialogues, about the months Nietszche spent in Turin, Italy, with narration quoted by his original writings. (85 mins.)
Director: Júlio Bressane
 
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To the Left of the Father (2001)
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Brazilian baroque. The young son that ran from his dominant family, descends into decadence and then returns to the nest... (163 mins.)
 
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Edifício Master (2002 Documentary)
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The daily lives and routine of 37 families living in a huge 12-story building in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro: their drama, aspirations, intimate revelations, loneliness, dreams... (110 mins.)
 
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Desmundo (2002)
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The story of Orisbela, a young and religious woman who comes from Portugal to Brazil to marry Francisco de Albuquerque, a rude sugar-cane plantation owner, in 1570. (101 mins.)
Director: Alain Fresnot
 
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City of God (2002)
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Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. (130 mins.)
 
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Seven Women (2003 Mini-Series)
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The greatest civil war Brazil ever faced by the point of view of the seven women of the separatist leader's family. (1084 mins.)
 
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Vida de Menina (2003)
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The day-to-day life of a young girl in the town of Diamantina, Brazil, on the end of 19th Century, based on real life diaries. (101 mins.)
Director: Helena Solberg
 
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Margarette's Feast (2003)
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A black and white, surreal and silent comedy. Pedro has a dream of giving his wife an unforgettable birthday feast. (90 mins.)
Director: Renato Falcão
 
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Die Martins-Passion (2004 Documentary)
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Documentary about Brazilian pianist João Carlos Martins. (96 mins.)
Director: Irene Langemann
 
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Today Is Maria's Day (2005 Mini-Series)
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Running away from her abusive father, a little but brave and bold girl goes through a journey of magic and fantasy, lurked by a demonic trickster.
 
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Elite Squad (2007)
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1997, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his occupation while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope comes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (115 mins.)
Director: José Padilha
 
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Estomago: A Gastronomic Story (2007)
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In the great restaurant of life, there are those who eat and those who get eaten. Raimundo Nonato finds an alternative way... (113 mins.)
Director: Marcos Jorge
 
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La riña (2008)
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A secret party is thrown by ex-students from the American school who bet fortunes in poor wrestlers confronting each other inside an empty swimming pool for a few dollars. (86 mins.)
Director: Marcelo Galvão
 
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Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010)
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After a prison riot, former-Captain Nascimento, now a high ranking security officer in Rio de Janeiro, is swept into a bloody political dispute that involves government officials and paramilitary groups. (115 mins.)
Director: José Padilha
 
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Oscar Niemeyer - A Vida É Um Sopro (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary on the life, works and philosophy of a genius and a human being of unique "largesse d'esprit". (90 mins.)
Director: Fabiano Maciel
 
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The Man from the Future (2011)
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Zero (Wagner Moura) is a brilliant scientist, but unfortunate because 20 years ago was publicly humiliated... (106 mins.)
Director: Cláudio Torres
 
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Heleno (2011)
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A biography of the tragic life of one of Brazil's greatest soccer players, Heleno de Freitas. (116 mins.)
 
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Gabriela (2012 TV Series)
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Brazil Avenue (2012 TV Series)
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A young girl who had her life ruined by an ambitious, unscrupulous woman returns to her as an adult, under a new identity and seeking revenge.
 
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A Estrada 47 (2013)
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The unusual meeting between three deserters from different nationalities (Brazil, German and Italy) during World War II. (107 mins.)
Director: Vicente Ferraz
 
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The Salt of the Earth (2014 Documentary)
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The life and work of photographer Sebastião Salgado, who has spent forty years documenting deprived societies in hidden corners of the world. (110 mins.)
 
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The Second Mother (2015)
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When the estranged daughter of a hard-working live-in housekeeper suddenly appears, the unspoken class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray. (112 mins.)
Director: Anna Muylaert
 
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The Violin Teacher (2015)
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The movie tells the story of Laerte (Lázaro Ramos), a talented violinist who after failing to be admitted... (102 mins.)
Director: Sérgio Machado