Retrospective - From Cinema Novo To Cinema Marginal



Country: Brazil
Year: 1969
Duration: 90'

A young man stabs his father and mother and then goes to a movie theater to see the film, Perdidos de amor. A young married woman who is rich and bored spends her vacation at Pétropolis with a woman friend who tries to discourage her from getting divorced. A man kills a woman on a cliff while two girls make love. One of the girl's mother is axed to death when she condemns the couple's lesbian love affair. A man kills his wife because she complains that they not have much money. The two girls in love with each other commit suicide. "Plan-sequence 1 - a collage of events; 2 - a reflection on behavior; 3 - a study of language; 4 - a free film that is not accompanied by narrative, by atmosphere, or by an emotional involvement; 5 - a very strong story interwoven with parallel events that form various other stories that tie together to form an end with an analytic structure; 6 - a new cinema that will certainly communicate my main goal to the public, to show and analyze the events of our times." (Júlio Bressane)


film director

Julio Bressane

Julio Bressane was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1946. As an adolescent, he frequented the haunts of the nascent Cinema Novo, establishing ties with Paulo Cezar Saraceni, Glauber Rocha and Leon Hirszman. At 19 years of age, he was assistant to Walter Lima Jr. for the film Menino de Engheno and then later to Fernando Campos for A Viagem. He debuted as a director in 1965 with the short film Lima Barreto: Trajetória. O Anjo Naceu and Matou a Familia e foi ao Cinema are received as a break with Cinema Novo. Cinema Marginal or "udigrudi". The term was never recognized by his esponents. In 1970, with Rogerìo Sganzerla and Helena Ignez, he founds the production house Belair, whose activity is brusquely interrupted by the military dictatorship, which forces the three founders into exile. Bressane lives a few years abroad, mainly in London and New York, he travels to Morocco and in Asia until 1973, when he returns to Brazil. Over the past few years, after a long period of ostracism by international festivals, his films have been presented with growing success in Taormina, Venice, Turin and Rotterdam. In 2002, the Torino Film Festival presented a complete retrospective of the Brazilian director.


Lima Barreto: Trajetória (1965-1966), Bethânia Bem de Perto (1966), Elis Regina (1966, film perduto), Cara a Cara (1967), O Anjo Nasceu (1969), Matou a Família e Foi ao Cinema (1969), Barão Olavo, o Horrível (1970), A Miss e o Dinosauro (1970, film perduto), Cuidado Madame (1970), Memórias de um Estrangulador de Louras/Memories of a Blonde Strangler (1971), Amor Louco/Crazy Love (1971), A Fada do Oriente (1972, film perduto), Lágrima Pantera (1972, film perduto), O Rei do Baralho (1973); Viagem Através do Brasil I (1973-1974), Viagem Através do Brasil II (1973-1974), Viagem Através do Brasil III (1973-1974-1975), O Monstro Caraíba - Nova História Antiga do Brasil (1975), Viola Chinesa - Meu Encontro com o Cinema Brasileiro (1975), A Agonia (1976), O Gigante da América (1976), Cidade Pagã (1979), Cinema inocente (1980), Tabu (1982), Brás Cubas (1985), Sob o Céu, Sob o Sol, Salvador (1987), Sermões - A História de António Vieira (1989), Quem seria o Feliz Conviva de Isadora Duncan? (1992), Galáxia Albina (1992), Infernalário: Logodédalo - Galaxia Dark (1993), O Cinema do Cinema - Criação e Recriação da Imagem no Filme Cinematográfico (1993), Antonioni - Hitchcock: A Imagen em Fuga (1993), As Canções que Vôce fez pra Mim (1994), O Mandarim (1995), Miramar (1997), São Jerônimo (1998), Dias de Nietzsche em Turim (2001), Nietszche in Nice, Filme de Amor (2003).


& Credits

Director and screenplay: Júlio Bressane.
Director of photography: Thiago Veloso.
Editor: Gerardo Veloso.
Music: Roberto Carlos e altri.
Cast: Márcia Rodrigues, Renata Sorrah, Antero de Oliveira, Vanda Lacerda, Paulo Padilha, Rodolfo Arana, Maria Rodrigues.
Production company: Júlio Bressane, Belair Filmes.