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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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Credited cast:
Josephine Baker ... Herself (archive footage)
Ciro Barcelos Ciro Barcelos ... Himself
Norma Bengell ... Herself
Maria Zilda Bethlem Maria Zilda Bethlem ... Herself
Patríce Calmettes Patríce Calmettes ... Himself
César Camargo Mariano César Camargo Mariano ... Himself
Pedro Cardoso Pedro Cardoso
Geraldo Carneiro Geraldo Carneiro ... Himself
Regina Chaves Regina Chaves ... Herself
José Paulo Corrêa José Paulo Corrêa ... Himself
Lennie Dale Lennie Dale ... Himself (archive footage)
Edyr de Castro Edyr de Castro ... Herself
Rogério de Poly Rogério de Poly ... Himself
Jean-Marc Dugas Jean-Marc Dugas ... Himself
Miguel Falabella Miguel Falabella ... Himself


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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Release Date:

18 November 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Glitter Shower.
20 August 2010 | by marthalex73See all my reviews

For someone growing up in Brazil in the late 80s, early 90s, the Dzi Croquettes weren't much more than a story told by a few of the previous generation - "Brazil's theater group that revolutionized queer performance art in the context of the political, social and cultural climate of Brazil in the 1970s." The images available at the time were only enough to make one curious.

Now, imagine what a pleasant surprise it was, when I went to the Moma to see Dzi Croquettes, the documentary, and was provided with all those images I longed to see ever since I was a teenager.

This documentary completely changed my perception of theatre in the 70s, in Brazil. Not only I got to see so many recovered images people didn't know existed, I got to see the acting, singing, and dancing heroes of my generation talk about their heroes - The Dzi Croquettes - with much love and adoration. Even Liza Minnelli!

I had 110 minutes to satisfy my curiosity with this documentary that tells a story with as much creativity as the Dzi, in their prime, used to perform. I learned, I laughed, I cried, and left the theater wanting to fly.

It was a glitter shower!

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