Joana Fomm, Paulo José, and Grande Otelo in Macunaima (1969)
Joana Fomm, Paulo José, and Grande Otelo in Macunaima (1969)
Macunaíma (1969)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present


Joaquim Pedro de Andrade | Brazil | 1969 | M

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Wed 1 Nov 2023

With the strengthening of the military regime from 1968, many of the artists associated with Cinema Novo were forced to leave Brazil or explore more allegorical critiques of society. Fully embodying the Tropicália spirit, and based on a key modernist novel by Mário de Andrade, this absurdist, radical, fluid and bracingly centrifugal portrait of the underlying cannibalistic nature of consumerism is “possibly the most vibrant, entertaining and challenging film to emerge in the 1960s in Brazil” (Stephanie Dennison and Lisa Shaw).

35mm print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive, Australia.

Format: 35mm
Language: Portuguese with English intertitles
Source: NFSA
Runtime: 95 mins

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95 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About the program

The 1960s was a time of great upheaval in Brazil, as it was the world over. During this rich cultural period cinema went through a moment of radical flux, as did music and the other visual arts. Shadowed by a decade of repressive dictatorship, censorship decrees, and an exodus of dissidents, many of the films produced experimented with narrative, design, collage and music...

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Now! Crime, politics and revolution in 1960s Brazilian cinema

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