Beats of the Heart: The Spirit of Samba - Black Music of Brazil (1989)

An overview of Samba music, religion, culture and the people of early 1980's Brazil.


Jeremy Marre

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Credited cast:
Leci Brandão Leci Brandão ... Herself
Chico Buarque Chico Buarque ... Himself (as Chico Barque)
Gilberto Gil Gilberto Gil ... Himself
Milton Nascimento ... Himself


An overview of Samba music, religion, culture and the people of early 1980's Brazil.

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Documentary | Music


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English | Portuguese

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9 January 2001 (USA) See more »

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Interviews, songs, dance and the people of Berazil
30 October 2017 | by GblakeliiSee all my reviews

This documentary, which was actually made in 1982, gives a nice overview of Brazilian Samba music and the history and effect it has on the country's people. We see songs sung in their entirety,in Portuguese, with a summary of their meaning. We hear about politics, discrimination and the economy in regions such as Bahia. The landscapes are shown as well as brief interior shots of restaurants and the meals. Our knowledge of Samba music by and for the people is expanded as well as it's major connection to religion. Technically well done with an amazing crew that includes cinematography by Chris Morphet who worked on the movies, The Kids are Alright(1979) and Concert for George(2003)and editing by Richard Bedford who was involved with the Louis Jordan version of Count Dracula(1977). Lots of great costumes, some scenes of the Carnival, and even a martial arts dance! Those who are more knowledgeable about the music of the time may recognize some of the other singers and musicians involved. There is also a Brazilian actress show in a dance number with a singer. Some scenes might have went on a little too long but a great closing number makes up for it!

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