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Macunaima (1969)

Macunaíma (original title)
Not Rated | | Fantasy, Comedy | 1969 (Brazil)
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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95 minutes of Brazil nuts See more »

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Fantasy | Comedy

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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1969 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Jungle Freaks  »

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Venceslau Pietro Pietra: [Macunaíma revealed his disguise as a woman] You're a dude? I don't hold prejudices. Come here!
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Soundtracks

Arranha-Céu
(Sílvio Caldas & Orestes Barbosa)
Performed by Sílvio Caldas
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Not particularly good, but certainly different
19 August 2008 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

I'm a huge fan of the films of Jose Mojica Marins, aka Coffin Joe, so I've been interested for a while in seeing the other films of the Brazilian New Wave. Like the music of the time, they're experimental, often surreal, occasionally sloppy, and highly politicized. After reading about this film in both "Shock Cinema" and Amos Vogel's classic book "Film as a Subversive Art" (still the best tome on experimental and avant-garde film-making), I decided to give "Macunaima" a go. It's pretty much like I expected it to be. The film itself drags and features muddled political messages, with an unlikable jerk as a supposed hero. However, its certainly surreal and unique enough to warrant a viewing.

They say humor often doesn't translate from culture to culture, and this film is a good example. Apparently, this was meant to be a Marx Brothers style farce with leftist political undertones, and while I picked up on the politics, I didn't really find myself laughing. However, the film is very campy and becomes even more surreal because of how alien it's style is to my American eyes. I can honestly say I've never seen anything quite like this film. There's constantly bizarre scenes on the level of anything by Lynch or Bunuel, and since I assume that was an intention of the filmmaker, the film can be considered some kind of a success. Its worth watching for those looking for something different. (7/10)


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