Spanish and Portuguese | Brazilian Cinema
P510 | 28306 | D. Sadlier


Professor Darlene Sadlier
email: sadlier


P510   Brazilian Cinema

MW 1:00p – 2:15p/section# 28306/3 cr./BH 015
Film Showing		M 6:45p – 9:00p/BH 144


A survey of Brazilian cinema from the early 20th century to present
day. The course will give special 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, the Vera
Cruz Studio of the 1950s, and the New Cinema of the 1960s and 1970s.
The course will tend to focus on more recent films that have
appeared since the country’s return to democracy in the mid-1980s,
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 hunger” and the theoretical writings of filmmaker
Glauber Rocha; the relationship between popular culture and radical
cinema; and film adaptation. The course is taught in English. Films
are in Portuguese with English subtitles. Students who are taking
the course for credit in Portuguese will be required to read
materials and write their exams and research paper in the language.

This course meets jointly with Hisp P410/LTAM L426/LTAM L526/CMCL
C598.