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Macunaima (1969)
"Macunaíma" (original title)

 -  Fantasy | Comedy  -  1969 (Brazil)
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Our story begins with Macunaima's miraculous birth to an old woman in a tiny jungle settlement. Born full grown, he discovers his life's purpose which leads him and his family/followers on ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Grande Otelo ...
Black Macunaíma / Macunaíma's son
Paulo José ...
White Macunaíma / Macunaíma's mother
Jardel Filho ...
Venceslau Pietro Pietra
Dina Sfat ...
Ci
...
Jiguê
Rodolfo Arena ...
Maanape
Joana Fomm ...
Sofara
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wilza Carla ...
Fat Lady
Hugo Carvana ...
Man with the duck
Leovegildo Cordeiro
Maria Lúcia Dahl ...
Iara
Rafael de Carvalho ...
Caapora
Tite de Lemos ...
Narrator (voice)
Maria Do Rosario ...
Iquiri
Maria Letícia
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Our story begins with Macunaima's miraculous birth to an old woman in a tiny jungle settlement. Born full grown, he discovers his life's purpose which leads him and his family/followers on a journey to the Big City. On the way, more miracles occur, but Macunaima still has the heart and mind of a child. In the Big City, he is co-opted by terrorists who enlist him in their revolutionary schemes. In the Big City he learns that nuts are not always food and other hilarious lessons of life. Written by Anonymous

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White Macunaíma: Oh, such laziness...
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Mandu Sarará
(Mario de Andrade)
Villa-Lobos, Heitor (excerpt)
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Macunaima is simply one of the strangest and most comical Brazilian films ever made!
26 August 2007 | by (Bloomsburg PA) – See all my reviews

Macunaima is Monty Python meets Jodorowsky and Robert Downey Sr. in a pool of piranhas. A full-grown black man, a " Brazillian hero", is birthed from a white woman in drag in the middle of the jungle. He discovers a magical water fountain that turns him white. He moves to the city, falls in love with a bomb bearing urban radical activist who wears a magic stone necklace that brings good luck. The magic necklace is stolen by a by an evil corporate cannibalistic millionaire. This causes a bomb to kill his wife and son (done in such a cartoonish way that it is all the more ridiculous). At this, Macunaima is plagued with bad luck through many of his misadventures and wants to get back the necklace from the evil corporate honcho. Part social satire, part serious political commentary set in a folklore steeped surreal Brazil. Based on the 1928 novel by Mario De Andrade that is considered on of the founding texts of Brazilian modernism; and the film itself is widely considered one of the most important films of the Brazilian Cinema Novo. But if you forget all the academics, it's a wild, weird, colorful, magical, surreal wonder-work with endless memorable moments, such as: a defecating goose, a pool of piranhas in which people swing above on a trapeze until they fall in, a water nymph and much more!! Who can forget such brilliant one liners such as "God gives nuts to those with no teeth". This film is a must see! One of the funniest films of any country! An underrated gem!


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