Communication and Culture | National Cinemas
C596 | 1097 | Darlene Sadlier


A survey of Brazilian cinema from the early 20th century to present
day. The course will give attention to representative filmmakers and
their works, beginning with Mário Peixoto’s Limite (1930), which  is
regarded as one of the masterpieces of silent cinema. Other subjects
to be explored include the chanchada, or Hollywood-style musical
comedies of the 1940s and 1950s, and the New Cinema of the 1960s and
1970s. The course will also focus on more recent films that have
appeared since the country’s return to democracy after more than 20
years of military dictatorship. Topics to be discussed during the
semester include the chanchada and its re-evaluation as a distinctly
Brazilian genre; Third Cinema, the “aesthetics of violence” and the
theoretical and critical writings of filmmaker Glauber Rocha; the
relationship between popular culture and radical cinema; and film
adaptation. The course is taught in English. All films are in
Portuguese with English subtitles. (NB: Students who are taking the
course for credit toward degree requirements in Portuguese will read
materials and write exams and a research paper in the language.)



Course Requirements:

All students will write a midterm and final exam. Undergraduate
students will write an 8-10pp research paper on a topic to be
discussed with the instructor. Graduate students will write a 12-15pp
research paper on an approved topic. Each student will give a formal
in-class report based on their research.



Grading: Midterm exam - 30%

Final exam - 30%

Research paper/presentation -25% / 5%

Attendance and participation - 10%