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Macunaima (1969)

Macunaíma (original title)
Not Rated | | Fantasy, Comedy | 1969 (Brazil)
Our story begins with Macunaima's miraculous birth to an old woman in a tiny jungle settlement. Born full grown, he discovers his life's purpose which leads him and his family/followers on ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Grande Otelo Grande Otelo ... Black Macunaíma / Macunaíma's son
Paulo José Paulo José ... White Macunaíma / Macunaíma's mother
Jardel Filho ... Venceslau Pietro Pietra
Dina Sfat ... Ci
Milton Gonçalves ... Jiguê
Rodolfo Arena Rodolfo Arena ... Maanape
Joana Fomm ... Sofara
Maria Do Rosario Maria Do Rosario ... Iquiri
Rafael de Carvalho ... Caapora
Nazareth Ohana Nazareth Ohana
Zezé Macedo Zezé Macedo
Wilza Carla Wilza Carla ... Fat Lady
Myrian Muniz Myrian Muniz ... Venceslau's wife
Edy Siqueira Edy Siqueira
Carmem Palhares Carmem Palhares
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Storyline

Our story begins with Macunaima's miraculous birth to an old woman in a tiny jungle settlement. Born full grown, he discovers his life's purpose which leads him and his family/followers on a journey to the Big City. On the way, more miracles occur, but Macunaima still has the heart and mind of a child. In the Big City, he is co-opted by terrorists who enlist him in their revolutionary schemes. In the Big City he learns that nuts are not always food and other hilarious lessons of life. Written by Anonymous

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(ma-koo-na-eema) See more »

Genres:

Fantasy | Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

1969 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Jungle Freaks See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby Digital (re-issue)| Dolby SR (re-issue)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Venceslau Pietro Pietra: [Macunaíma revealed his disguise as a woman] You're a dude? I don't hold prejudices. Come here!
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Mandu Sarará
(Mario de Andrade)
Written by Heitor Villa-Lobos (excerpt)
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A succesful attempt of entertaining anarchic and modernistic irony
29 September 2018 | by turkercSee all my reviews

This film is hard to categorise because one can say that it is sincere, naturalist, mocking of urban life of metropols in Brazil; while being very entertaining and relatively easy to watch. Not quite knowlegdeable what is going on at that side of the ocean, I can only find the resemblances with my own country (Turkey), which is on par with Brazil in terms of industrialization, wealth and education. What you see in the film is streets are dangerous in many ways. Thievery, trickery and violence are present and politics are involved too. But it is very fortunate that this film is not totally a cold-hearted judgment of society of Brazil. Fantastic elements are incorporated so well that the result is very amusing in some sequences but it still leaves ashes in your mouth. Characters are greatly genuine and colorful and and script makes you curious about the book it is based upon. You just wanna watch more and you stumble upon its anarchic and modernistic wisdom. You needn't dig very deep to get the best out of this movie yet it touches nicely to the matters of society in Brazil. As you watch just be curious more and more about Brazil's problems. A very impressive movie hard to fault that deserves 8 out of 10.


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