Cinema Novo is a movie-essay that investigates poetically the most important movement of Latin America cinema, through the thoughts of its main auteurs: Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Glauber ... See full summary »
Nelson Pereira dos Santos,
Joaquim Pedro de Andrade
The story of Paulo Honório, a poor kid who becomes a rich farmer. Obsessed by his desire to get even richer, he doesn't pay much attention to his wife, Madalena, a teacher who reacts against his tyrannical ways.
After discovering the truth about being stolen by the woman he thought was his mother as a child, Pierre (AKA Felipe) must deal with the consequences of his mother's actions and must try to cope with his biological family.
Shows the unusual situation of homeless Brazilians movement and refugees that squat together an abandoned building in downtown Sao Paulo. The daily tension caused by the treat of eviction reveals the dramas and joys.
Isam Ahmad Issa,
The Caravana Rolidei rolls into town with the Gypsy Lord at the mike: he does magic tricks, the erotic Salomé dances, and the mute Swallow performs feats of strength. A young accordion ... See full summary »
Diogo (17) has a little quirk: he likes to call his mother's female therapy patients and masturbate while listening to them on the phone. One of these patients is Angela (43), a woman who ... See full summary »
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?
Sbórnia is an island with a rich but eccentric culture, separated from the rest of the world by a high wall. When the wall comes down, cultural change plays hilarious havoc on the lives of two traditional Sbórnian musicians.
With the exception of one character, all the other talking Portuguese characters speak in a Brazilian version of Portuguese (known now as Brazilian Portuguese), which didn't exist back in 1500. See more »
No great performances required, no rich plot written, this is a simple and unpretentious reenactment of Pêro Vaz de Caminha's letter to king D. Manuel I of Portugal.
Pêro Vaz de Caminha was the senior scribe of the Portuguese armada of Pedro Álvares de Cabral that officially discovered Brazil in 1500, and this letter marks the beginning of the current country Brazil, founded on Portuguese colonization. Just for that reason this is an interesting enough film to anyone interested in world history.
The somewhat hammy acting is interspersed with text separators, but hey!, these were the 30's, cinema everywhere was still getting used to the 'talkies' and still had too much of the 20's influence to be really good. The Portuguese sailors' anguish on their long months at sea, the portrait of the native Brazilians, and the contact between the two civilizations are moving and funny enough because of the innocence with which they were acted.
All in all, good piece of entertaining, a classic of Brazilian cinema and a worthy theme. And it could kinda be considered a great-grandfather of Ridley Scott's 1492.
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