Lucia Nagib presents a comprehensive critical survey of Brazilian film production since the mid 1990s, which has become known as the "renaissance of Brazilian cinema". Besides explaining the recent boom, this book elaborates on the new aesthetic tendencies of recent productions, as well as their relationships to earlier traditions of Brazilian cinema. Internationally acclaimed films, such as "Central Station", "Seven Days in September" and "Orpheus", are analysed alongside daringly experimental works, such as "Chronically Unfeasible", "Starry Sky" and "Perfumed Ball". Contributors include Carlos Diegues, Robert Stam, Laura Mulvey and Jose Carlos Avellar.
Lucia Nagib is Associate Professor at the Institute of Arts, State University of Campinas, Brazil, and the author of a number of books, including The Renaissance of Brazilian Cinema: Interviews with 90 Filmmakers of the 90s.
List of illustrations viii Notes on contributors xi Foreword xv Introduction xvii Acknowledgements xxvii Part one: Producing films in Brazil 1 A new policy for Brazilian Cinema JOSE ALVARO MOISES 3 2 The cinema that Brazil deserves CARLOS DIEGUES 23 Part two: Fiction film and social change 3 Brazilian Cinema in the 1990s: the unexpected encounter and the resentful character ISMAIL XAVIER 39 4 Humility, guilt and narcissism turned inside out in Brazil's film revival FERNAO PESSOA RAMOS 65 5 Chronically Unfeasible: the political film in a depoliticized world JOAO LUIZ VIEIRA 85 Part three: Documenting a country 6 It's all Brazil AMIR LABAKI 97 7 A cinema of conversation - Eduardo Coutinho's Santo Forte and Babilonia 2000 VERONICA FERREIRA DIAS 105 Part four: Sertao and favela: the eternal return 8 The sertao and the favela in contemporary Brazilian film IVANA BENTES 121 9 The sertao in the Brazilian imaginary at the end of the millennium LUIZ ZANIN ORICCHIO 139 10 Death on the beach - the recycled utopia of Midnight LUCIA NAGIB 157 Part five: Screen adaptations 11 Nelson Rodrigues in the 1990s: two recent screen adaptations STEPHANIE DENNISON 175 12 An oblique gaze: irony and humour in Helvecio Ratton's Love & Co MARIA ESTHER MACIEL 193 Part six: History and film history 13 Cabral and the Indians: filmic representations of Brazil's 500 years ROBERT STAM 205 14 For all and traditions of popular musical comedy LISA SHAW 229 15 ImagiNation JOSE CARLOS AVELLAR 245 Part seven: Epilogue 16 Then and now: cinema as history in the light of new media and new technologies LAURA MULVEY 261 Index 271