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Documentary about Brazilian songwriter and poet Vinicius de Moraes, showing his life, work, family, friends, and love-affairs.


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Credited cast:
Maria Bethânia Maria Bethânia ... Herself
Ricardo Blat Ricardo Blat ... Poem reader
M.S. Bom M.S. Bom ... Himself
Renato Braz Renato Braz ... Himself - Singer "Se Todos Fossem Iguais a Você" (voice)
Chico Buarque Chico Buarque ... Himself - Singer 'Medo de Amar'
Olívia Byington Olívia Byington ... Herself - Singer "Modinha"
Adriana Calcanhotto Adriana Calcanhotto ... Herself - Singer "Eu Sei que Vou te Amar" (as Adriana Calcanhoto)
Elizeth Cardoso Elizeth Cardoso ... Herself - SInger "Eu Não Existo sem Você" (archive footage)
Tônia Carrero ... Herself
Sérgio Cassiano Sérgio Cassiano ... Himself - singer 'Pau-de-Arara / Comedor de Gilete'
Caco Ciocler ... Narrator (voice)
Haroldo Costa Haroldo Costa ... Himself (archive footage)
Yamandú Costa Yamandú Costa ... Himself - Guitar Player "Valsa de Eurídice"
Antônio Cândido Antônio Cândido ... Himself (archive footage)
Marpessa Dawn ... Herself (archive footage)


Documentary on Brazilian poet, playwright, critic, diplomat, composer, singer and lyricist Vinicius de Moraes (1913-1980), internationally famous lyricist of Bossa Nova hits like "Garota de Ipanema" and "Insensatez" and writer of the play which originated the film "Black Orpheus" (1959). Archive images combine with up to date interviews with members of his family, friends, partners (Chico Buarque, Edu Lobo, Carlos Lyra) and also musical numbers with famous Brazilian singers. Written by fabreu

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Spain | Brazil



Release Date:

11 November 2005 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Винисиус: Поетът на боса новата See more »

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Dolby Digital
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Did You Know?


There are excerpts of the films "Vinicius de Moraes, Um Rapaz de Família" (Susana de Moraes, 1979), "Les Carnets Brésiliens" (Pierre Kast, 1963), "Pista de Grama" (Haroldo Costa, 1958) See more »


References Baretta (1975) See more »

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A brilliant documentary about one of the most important figures in Brazilian culture
13 August 2006 | by karenatashaSee all my reviews

This documentary is a must for anyone interested in Brazilian music or culture in general. It's beautifully made and structured, a wonderful mix of performance, storytelling, and biography, and worthy of the man who inspired it. Vinicius De Moraes was an outstanding poet, playwright,and lyricist, best known to most of the world as the writer of the play on which the movie "Black Orpheus" is based, as well as the co-composer of "Girl from Ipanema." Many of the top figures in Brazilian music are here--Chico Buarque, Caetano Veloso, Maria Bethania, Toquinho--contributing personal and often very funny stories. Interspersed with these interviews are two actors, who "host" it all, reading Vinicius's poetry and presenting the outlines of his life. And, to finish it off, an array of Brazil's major singers performs his songs on stage, in front of an audience. Every moment is enjoyable. Re the comment on the translation, above: My Portuguse is not perfect and I'm sure I missed some things, but the particular example she chose is not so much a matter of translation as of spelling. Almost any native English speaker will realize the mistake instantly and substitute the correct word because of context. Non-Portuguese speakers should not let it deter them from seeing this film--if they can find it. I saw it at a special program on recent Brazilian film offered by the Museum of Modern Art, and it has not yet been released, either in general theaters or on DVD. I hope that will be remedied soon.

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