Despite the recent explosion of scholarly interest in "star studies," Brazilian film has received comparatively little attention. As this volume demonstrates, however, the richness of Brazilian stardom extends well beyond the ubiquitous Carmen Miranda. Among the studies assembled here are fascinating explorations of figures such as Eliane Lage (the star attraction of Sao Paulo's Vera Cruz studios), cult horror movie auteur Coffin Joe, and Lazaro Ramos, the most visible Afro-Brazilian actor today. At the same time, contributors interrogate the inner workings of the star system in Brazil, from the pioneering efforts of silent-era actresses to the recent advent of the non-professional movie star.
Tim Bergfelder is Professor of Film Studies at the University of Southampton. He is one of the editors of the journal Screen, an editorial advisory board member for Transnational Cinemas and Cinema&Cie, and a co-editor of Berghahn's 'Film Europa' series. His publications include Film Architecture and the Transnational Imagination: Set Design in 1930s European Cinema (2007) and Destination London: German-Speaking Emigres and British Cinema, 1925-1950 (2008). Lisa Shaw is Reader in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at the University of Liverpool. She is author of The Social History of the Brazilian Samba (1999) and Carmen Miranda (2013). She is currently completing a monograph entitled Tropical Travels: Brazilian Popular Performance, 'Race' and Transnational Encounters, 1880s-1950s, for which she was awarded a Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship. Joao Luiz Vieira is Professor of Film and Video at the Federal Fluminense University, Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro. He has a doctorate in Cinema Studies from New York University and has held fellowships at the University of New Mexico the University of Iowa. Among his publications are Cinema Novo and Beyond (1998) and Camera-faca: o cinema de Sergio Bianchi (2004).
Introduction Lisa Shaw and Tim Bergfelder Chapter 1. Consuming visions: female stars, the melindrosa and desires for a Brazilian film industry Maite Conde Chapter 2. A star system created by fans: Pernambucan cinema in the 1920s Luciana Correa de Araujo Chapter 3. A star in the spotlight: Carmen Santos and Brazilian cinema of the 1920s Ana Pessoa Chapter 4. Carmen Miranda: from national star to global brand Ana Rita Mendonca and Lisa Shaw Chapter 5. Cinelandia magazine and the creation of home-grown movie stars in the 1950s Lisa Shaw Chapter 6. Oscarito and Grande Otelo: 'the terrible twosome' Joao Luiz Vieira and Leonardo Macario Chapter 7. Eliane Lage: a falling star in the skies of the Tropics Ana Carolina de Moura Delfim Maciel Chapter 8. Radio stars on screen: critiques of stardom in Moacyr Fenelon's Tudo azul (1952) Luis Alberto Rocha Melo Chapter 9. Jece Valadao, the 'charming crook': a star image between tradition and modernity Rafael de Luna Freire Chapter 10. Jose Mojica Marins versus Coffin Joe: auteurism and stardom in Brazilian cinema Laura Canepa Chapter 11. As loiras: Brazil's screen blondes Stephanie Dennison Chapter 12. A star is born: the rising profile of the non-professional actor in recent Brazilian cinema Charlotte Gleghorn Chapter 13. The black body reframed: Lazaro Ramos and the performance of interracial love Ben Hoff Chapter 14. Seu Jorge as a cross-media star: from local authenticity to global appeal Katia Augusta Maciel Chapter 15. Latin lover or Latin(o) loser? Rodrigo Santoro and the Hollywood stereotype Daniel O'Brien Notes on Contributors Bibliography Index