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The Aesthetics of Garbage, Part 1

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Above: Ozualdo Ribeiro Candeias’ A margem (The Margin, 1967).

"I will never transmit sanitised ideas, eloquent discourses or plastic images before the garbage (…) Crushed and exploited, the colonized can only invent their own form of suffocation: the scream of protest comes from an abortive ‘mise en scene’ (…) I’ll continue to make an underdeveloped cinema by condition and vocation, barbarian and ours, anticulturalist (…)" —Rogério  Sganzerla, The Aesthetics of Garbage

Not even garbage escapes retrospective respectability; what was once reviled by snobby film buffs has now become their new gospel. Subcultural capital (that which is “hip” and “illicit”) is usually outsourced from our business enemies (China, Iran, etc.) or from forgotten episodes of film history. One wonders what will the subject of a retrospective be in 30 or 40 years when the whole globe will have been converted to consumer fundamentalism. Now that our visual economy is funded on total exposure and immediate consumption,
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Rotterdam 2012. "The Mouth of Garbage: Sub Culture and Sex in São Paulo"

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Hot off the virtual presses: "In the Signals section's theme program The Mouth of Garbage: Sub Culture and Sex in São Paulo, the International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) will present a vast panorama of features and shorts from São Paulo's so-called 'Boca do Lixo' (Mouth of Garbage), the nickname for the working class neighborhood in the center of the Brazilian metropolis. These quick and dirty productions frequently highlighted the sleazy underbelly of Brazilian society using established genres such as noir, horror, the western, and pornography."

So far, the lineup ranges from Ozualdo Candeias's The Margin (1967) through Jean Garret's Fuk Fuk Brazilian Style (1986) and includes work from the years in between by João Callegaro, João S Trevisan, Jairo Ferreira, Carlos Reichenbach, Ody Fraga and Cláudio Cunha, whose Oh! Rebuceteio (1984) Fernando F Croce reviewed some time back: "A sort of mix of Bob Fosse and Wilhelm Reich, Cunha
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