Films by Day and Films by Night in São Paulo

David William Foster

in São Paulo

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036656
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038445 | DOI:
Films by Day and Films by Night in São Paulo

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Approximately 18,000 films have been produced in Brazil in 110 years of filmmaking, but it is not clear how many of them were devoted to São Paulo. Nevertheless, São Paulo is an important venue for Brazilian filmmaking, and it is also the site of many respected film festivals, including the São Paulo International Film Festival, which dates from 1990. Yet it is undeniable that the presence of São Paulo in Brazilian fiction is not matched—at least in terms of the central core of Brazilian cinema—by an equal degree of interest from filmmakers. However, that does not mean that there have not been some remarkable films which incorporate a significant interpretive interest in the city. This chapter examines four of those films: São Paulo, S.A. (1965), O puritano da Rua Augusta (The Puritan of Augusta Street; 1965), O invasor (2002), and Anjos da noite (Angels of the Night; 1987). These films are analyzed in order to understand how the megalopolis functions as a laboratory for Brazilian urban life.

Keywords: São Paulo; Brazil; films; filmmaking; film festivals; O invasor; Anjos da noite; Rua Augusta; urban life; megalopolis

Chapter.  6932 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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