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Dzi Croquettes (2009)

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A Brazilian Theater group that through talent, irony and humor confronted the Brazilian violent dictatorship in the 1970's revolutionizing the gay movement worldwide and changing theater and dance language to an entire generation.
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The Dzi Croquettes - A Brazilian theater group that through talent, irony and humor confronted the Brazilian government and its violent dictatorship. They were banned and censored by the military regime and yet revolutionized the gay movement worldwide changing Theater and Dance language to an entire generation. Their history embraces Brazilian pop culture of the 1970's and 1980's, the violent years of dictatorship in Brazil, the sexual revolution, the beginning of the AIDS era and, above all, the enormous legacy that would remain unforgettable to every single person that had the opportunity to see their work. They were loved and admired by luminaries such as Mick Jagger, Jeanne Moreau, Omar Sharif, Maurice Béjart, Josephine Baker and Liza Minnelli, who became a personal friend and played a major role in bringing them to Paris and subsequently to fame. The director's father (Américo Issa) worked with the group from 1970 to 1978, giving Tatiana the magical opportunity of growing up ... Written by Anonymous

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Hyped up beyond belief.,
26 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

I expected more actual performance footage, instead 90% of the film consisted of reminiscences about the group by those who had known the performers in the past which was not enough to hold the attention of an audience for nearly two hours of screen time. Being a fan of things Brazilian especially music, I was looking forward to seeing a generous sampling of both that and performances by those who effectuated the changes in the seventies. Watching a selection of friends and acquaintances of these people, mostly repeating or rephrasing what was already said, was extremely disappointing especially in view of the fact that this film was given various awards, such as best Brazilian documentary for that year. (What were the others like if THIS was the best???) The short little glimpses of performance footage only whetted my appetite and increased my frustration about this experience. Given the subject matter this was an opportunity greatly missed.


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