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Chatô - The King of Brazil (2015)

Chatô: O Rei do Brasil (original title)
The film tells the facts of life of the mogul of communications, Assis Chateaubriand (Marco Ricca), one of those responsible for bringing TV to Brazil. The screenplay based on the ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Andrea Beltrão ...
Vivi Sampaio
Paulo Betti ...
Ingrid Borgoin ...
Gabriel Braga Nunes ...
Nathália França
Eliane Giardini ...
Luís Antônio Pilar
Zezé Polessa
Marco Ricca ...
Assis Chateaubriand
Letícia Sabatella


The film tells the facts of life of the mogul of communications, Assis Chateaubriand (Marco Ricca), one of those responsible for bringing TV to Brazil. The screenplay based on the homonymous work of Fernando Morais. "Chatô" brings a romanticized version of the life of Assis Chateaubriand, founder of the Associated Journals (Diarios Associados), the largest network of radio stations and newspapers in Latin America. The life of Chateaubriand is analyzed from a stroke, which makes dream about old times and facts. The film went into production in 1995 and was interrupted in 1999 by problems with the rendering of accounts with Director of the Brazilian government, on suspicion of misuse of government funds for the cinema and culture. The film was completed in 2015. It was to be one of the greatest films ever produced in Brazil, taking advantage of the phase of resumption of film productions in the country. Written by Donny Silva

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19 November 2015 (Brazil)  »

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The film's release went to a long process that started in 1994, with Guilherme Fontes acquiring the rights of Fernando Morais' book, then production started in 1995, later coming to a halt in 1999. During the long period, the director and his production company were ceaselessly investigated and prosecuted due to his improper use of funds, without delivering a filmed project and misuse of the budget provided by the Ministry for the Culture. Fontes was sentenced to 3 years in prison, later turned into the same amount of time doing community service - he appealed to that sentence. And in several occasions, the director and his company were condemned to return the money used in the film (back in 1995, the sum totaled R$8.000.000; by the time of the most recent trial in 2014, it was corrected to R$66.000.000 plus another R$5.000.000 concerning irregularities with the director's company). Once again, he appealed the decision. After many controversies, the movie was finally released in 2015. See more »

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Pretentious, self-indulgent mystification
2 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

Mr. Chateaubriand, in real life, could not have been worse than Citizen Chateaubriand as shown in this pseudo-biography supposedly based on a biographical bestseller. Biographer Morais did win his credit, but the biopic is only a nil-biog minor-pix that has nearly nothing to do with facts, except a few characters such as Chatô and Getulio Vargas. While Welles' Citizen Kane showed an à-clef W.R. Hearst more sympathetic than the real-life press magnate, "Chatô the King of Brazil" shows a psychopath, an unlikely sexpot, a lying bastard, a provincial Machiavelli, without even bothering to explain how he ever became a multimillionaire tycoon. This film was shot by the end of the last century and finished in 2015 only thanks to the money newly invested by Francis Coppola. Its script is barely unintelligible to any viewer of any nationality, both high-brow and low-brow. There is no commitment whatsoever with historical reality. Not even the dictator Vargas, in real life, was the s-o-b herein played by Paulo Betti. Everything amounts to sheer mystification, from talent to entertainment value: Fiat Lux became 'Fioluz,' Coca Cola became 'Soda Cola,' and Vivi Sampaio simply never existed in real life. Doris Monteiro, however, did exist (the part's name was changed à clef), she was at the center of a scandal that exemplified major abuse of power: Chateaubriand decided to elect Doris, then his mistress, the 'Queen of the Radio.' He called his treasurer and gave him an order: "Get Cr$5,000,000 right now!" The treasurer managed to extort the money from advertisers and Doris eventually got 875,605 votes! This is perhaps one of the few links with reality in a movie so delirious and poorly photographed, which hollowly falsifies history in a free, self- indulgent and pretentious way.

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