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The Beginning of the Exploitation of Brazil
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In 1594 in Brazil, the Tupinambás Indians are friends of the Frenches and their enemies are the Tupiniquins... See more » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Like Dances with Wolves, except with cannibals See more (15 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Nelson Pereira dos Santos 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Humberto Mauro  Tupi dialogue
Nelson Pereira dos Santos 

Produced by
Luiz Carlos Barreto .... producer
K.M. Eckstein .... producer
Nelson Pereira dos Santos .... producer
César Thedim .... producer
 
Original Music by
Guilherme Magalhães Vaz 
Zé Rodrix 
 
Cinematography by
Dib Lutfi 
 
Film Editing by
Carlos Alberto Camuyrano 
 
Set Decoration by
Régis Monteiro 
 
Costume Design by
Mara Chaves 
María Chaves 
 
Makeup Department
Ren Boechat .... makeup artist
Ana Correia da Silva .... makeup artist
Hélio Fernando .... makeup artist
Nilde Maria Goebel .... makeup artist
Janira Santiago .... makeup artist
José Soares .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Irênio Marques .... production manager
Chris Rodrigues .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Luiz Carlos Lacerda .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Antônio César .... sound effects editor
Geraldo José .... sound effects editor
Nelson Ribeiro .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ronaldo Nunes .... assistant camera
 
Other crew
Raimundo Bandeira de Melo .... production assistant
Carlos Alberto Diniz .... production assistant
Pedro Aurélio Gentil .... production assistant
Luiz Carlos Ripper .... ethnographical consultant
Antonio Luis Soares .... production assistant
Waldir Surtan .... title designer
 

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Also Known As:
"Como Era Gostoso o Meu Francês" - Brazil (original title)
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Runtime:
84 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Official submission of Brazil to the 1973's Oscars in the best foreign language film category.See more »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Like Dances with Wolves, except with cannibals, 19 June 2007
Author: CelluloidRehab (lelnu@yahoo.com) from Hell's Kitchen, NYC

This is a pseudo-documentary about a French mercenary whom is executed, ends up as a prisoner of the Portuguese and then is the "honored guest" of a cannibalistic Brazilian native tribe. The film is based on the 16th century account of a German explorer, Hans Staden, who was captured by the Tupinamba. The Frenchman becomes part of the tribe, is even given a wife and a hut, until he is to be eaten in a massive ceremony. During this time he tries to figure out a way to escape, by conforming to the tribe.

This film was originally banned in Brazil and was rejected from the Cannes Film Festival because of excessive nudity. The subject matter is portrayed in a documentary style, complete with shaky hand camera footage and including the spoken languages of French, Portuguese and Tupi. With the exception of the few European characters, the majority of the cast spends the film either bottomless, topless or both (also both sexes). The production value appears at first to be quite underwhelming, but I think instead it tries to emulate the simplicity and actuality of the situation rather than some ornate (or romanticized) recollection.

At the same time it is trying to be an objective observer, it is also a critique of mercantilism and its descendants; monetarism and capitalism. There is no real judgment being issued here, but rather is a look at the encounter of the cultures, in an anthropological or rather a more realistic reinterpretation of what occurred when these cultures interacted. Some have said this a black comedy, but I did not find too many places to break out into a roaring laughter (though I did chuckle a few times at the cultural misunderstandings).

This may sound like a rather dry film (which it is), but the relatively short running time makes it seem more like a PBS special than an actual feature film. The movie would also seem to resonate more with the situation and culture of Brazil (past and present). Brazil is a unique country, with a diverse history and culture. It was one of the first films that tried to relate to the "savages", in light of the audience's identification with the Europeans. Even 30 years later, its relevance continues.

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