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Brazilian Cinema: From Cinema Novo through (re) Democratization

HNRS 2021 Sec. 050 - Spring 2023

Dr. Gwendolyn Murray Social Research and Evaluation Center

W 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
135 French House

This course will provide an overview of modern Brazilian cinema from the period of the military dictatorship and the New Cinema movement (cinema novo) of the 1960s and 70s through the period of democratization of the 1980s to the new wave of contemporary Brazilian cinema (retomada) of the 1990s to the present. The course will analyze selected films as art and cultural production as well as their representational properties that speak to the sociopolitical context in which they were produced. Films selected for this course are all oriented around the central themes of poverty, race, violence, and gender, and where possible, the intersection thereof. More specifically, in each of the selected films, directors and producers have undertaken the challenge of representing Brazilian “reality,” critically depicting polemics and inequities endemic to modern Brazil. Examining texts drawn from film studies, humanities, and social science, this course will analyze the content and subtext in each film as well as the politics of production and representation. Central questions for this course include: who are the cultural producers, who are the spectators, what are the symbolic representations of Brazilianness, and how do these representations affect the ways in which marginalized groups participate in society?

Fulfills General Education:

English Composition