Friday, July 06, 2001  

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Rated: (NR)
Unusual documentary about the music of the 'Nordestinos,' people who have moved from Brazil's rural north to the southern city of São Paulo. Using no interviews or narration, the filmmakers create a musical and cinematic treasure.

House: LX Filmes
Duration: 94 Mins.
Film Width: 1.66
Color: Color
Sound: Dolby SR
Production: A production of LX Filmes, Cobra Films, AF Cinema & Video, RTBF, Mezzo, Voyage.


Director(s)  Cesar Paes | 
Edited by  Agnes Contensou | 
Executive producer(s)  Marie-Clemence Paes | 

In 1941, Orson Welles was asked by the U.S. State Department to be a good-will ambassador to Brazil. Plans included his filming of Rio's famous Carnaval for RKO. It was a fateful trip, one in which Welles, touched by the Brazilian people and their music, decided to make a film called The Story of Samba. The footage of Carnaval, however, upset studio executives-one characterized it as 'a lot of jigaboos jumping up and down'-and destroyed Welles' wunderkind status in Hollywood. This was not the Brazil Hollywood wanted to see.
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Critic: Maria Garcia

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