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Couro de Gato (1962)

A few weeks before Carnival, slum boys organize huntings for stray cats, whose leather can be used in Samba percussion instruments, like the Tamborim, a small drum.




Cast overview:
Paulinho Paulinho ... Boy
Riva Nimitz Riva Nimitz ... Rich lady
Henrique César Henrique César
Milton Gonçalves ... Black man working
Francisco de Assis Francisco de Assis
Napoleão Muniz Freire Napoleão Muniz Freire ... Man who liberates cats from sack
Cláudio Corrêa e Castro ... Fat man eating lunch


In Rio de Janeiro, near to the Carnival, a group of boys from the slums in the hills chase cats to sell them to make a small percussion drum called "tamborim" and raise some money. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Edited into Cinco vezes Favela (1962) See more »

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Wonderful small film about big moral issues
10 March 2013 | by Daneel-2See all my reviews

First off, the film's score is a thoroughly charming slice of early 1960s samba. There are hints of Tom Jobim at certain points. (is that "Desafinado" playing in the scenes with the rich woman?)

The film is available on YouTube and I recommend it to all. If you have ever struggled with the treatment of animals in impoverished countries and areas, this film may spur more thoughts and discussions of those issues. The descriptions elsewhere on this page are all you need to be able to watch it, even if, like me, you do not speak Portuguese. The film addresses how we treat the less fortunate humans, and how we treat animals.

If you've seen City of God (2002), it was interesting/sad to think about how long those slums have been there in Rio, as they looked almost exactly the same in Couro de Gato as they do nearly 40 years later.

I have a feeling it will stick with me for some time.

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29 September 2007 (USA) See more »

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