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Iracema, Di Cavalcanti, and All Is Brazil

Event: Iracema, Di Cavalcanti, and All Is Brazil
Iracema's fusion of fiction and documentary is still exhilarating for contemporary audiences. Iracema (an anagram of "America") is thr tragic story of a young teenager from the Amazon who heads out to the big city. Against the backdrop of the taming of the Amazon, fiction filmmaking becomes inseparably interwoven with Direct Cinema in an allegory of Brazilian destiny, progress, and identity. (90 mins., 35mm)
Di Cavalcanti, a little-known short by one of Brazil's greatest filmmakers and one of his defining works. When it was announced that the great painter Emiliano Di Cavalcanti, a friend of Glauber Rocha's, was going to have his funeral at Rio's Museum of Modern Art, Rocha showed up with his camera, to the shock of Di Cavalcanti's family and friends. Overtop of the frenzied, inspired footage, Rocha gives a breathless monologue about his late friend, art, life, filmmaking, and politics. (18 mins., 35mm)
All is Brazil is part visual essay and part freeform fantasia centered around Orson Welles' fascinating trip to Brazil in 1942. Against a dizzying array of imagery, the film chronicles all the aspects of Welles' trip and encounters with Brazilian culture. Rogerio Sganzerla is one of the key figures of the experimental, underground Cinema Marginal movement and in All is Brazil, he brings his radical techniques to turn his film about Orson Welles into a speculation of Brazilian identity. (82 mins.)
Date and time:January 29, 2014
7:00 AM
Location:Wexner Center Film/Video Theater
Contact:Jill Malusky
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Event category:Wexner Center
Event Type:Film

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