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Malandro (1986)

Ópera do Malandro (original title)
In 1941, Brazilian government was aligned with Nazi movement, in spite of being against the popular desire. In Lapa (Rio de Janeiro), the rascal, pimp and smuggler Max Overseas explores the... See full summary »

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Ruy Guerra
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Edson Celulari ... Max Overseas
Claudia Ohana ... Ludmila Struedel
Elba Ramalho Elba Ramalho ... Margot
Fábio Sabag Fábio Sabag ... Otto Struedel
J.C. Violla J.C. Violla ... Geni
Wilson Grey Wilson Grey ... Sátiro
Maria Sílvia Maria Sílvia ... Victoria Struedel
Cláudia Jimenez Cláudia Jimenez ... Fiorella
Andreia Dantas Andreia Dantas ... Fichinha
Ilva Niño Ilva Niño ... Dóris
Zenaide Pereira Zenaide Pereira ... Dorinha Tubão (as Zenaide)
Djenane Machado ... Shirley Paquete
Katia Bronstein Katia Bronstein ... Mimi Bibelô
Lutero Luiz Lutero Luiz ... Porfírio
Bernard Seygnoux Bernard Seygnoux
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In 1941, Brazilian government was aligned with Nazi movement, in spite of being against the popular desire. In Lapa (Rio de Janeiro), the rascal, pimp and smuggler Max Overseas explores the cabaret singer and prostitute Margot, the former mistress of the chief inspector Tigrão. When the daughter of the cabaret owner Otto Struedel, Ludmila Struedel, leaves her boarding school and returns to her family, she proposes Max to be her husband and partner in a legal importation company of their own. But Margot and Tigrão do not accept the idea. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Comedy | Musical

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Brazil | France

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Portuguese

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1985 (Brazil) See more »

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Dolby

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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Uma Canção Desnaturada
Written by Chico Buarque
Performed by Sueli Costa
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Hollywoodian Brazilian Musical
29 July 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1941, Brazilian government was aligned with Nazi movement, in spite of being against the popular desire. In Lapa (Rio de Janeiro), the rascal, pimp and smuggler Max Overseas explores the cabaret singer and prostitute Margot (Elba Ramalho), the former mistress of the chief inspector Tigrão (Ney Latorraca). When the daughter of the cabaret owner Otto Struedel (Fábio Sabag), Ludmila Struedel (Claudia Ohana), leaves her boarding school and returns to her family, she proposes Max to be her husband and partner in a legal importation company of their own. But Margot and Tigrão do not accept the idea.

"A Ópera do Malandro" is an adaptation of "Die 3 Groschen-Oper" from Bertold Brecht to the environment of Lapa, Rio de Janeiro, in 1941 with many particularities and contradictions: this musical had been the most expensive Brazilian production until 1986, with the cost of approximately US$ 800,000.00. This film was completely shot in studio, without outdoor scenes. Most of the sceneries were manufactured in rubber. Further, there was the use of brand new reflectors. The director Ruy Guerra was one of the filmmaker from the Brazilian movement Cinema Novo, and this film was completely contradictory to the philosophy of the followers of Cinema Novo, using brand new technologies and the language of Hollywood movies. The direction is excellent; the performances are fantastic, highlighting Claudia Ohana, who is simply sensational in the role of Ludmila. The cinematography is amazing, using negatives of a new film at those years and with a fantastic lighting. The costumes are very beautiful and the story is very engaging, with wonderful songs of Chico Buarque. I saw this play in the theaters, and this movie is also excellent. The song "O Meu Amor" is presented in the censored version, using the word "ventre" (belly) instead of "sexo (sex) of the original song. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Ópera do Malandro " ("The Opera of the Rascal")


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