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David William Foster

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036656

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036656.001.0001

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Films by Day and Films by Night in São Paulo

Films by Day and Films by Night in São Paulo

(p.82) 6 Films by Day and Films by Night in São Paulo
São Paulo

David William Foster

University Press of Florida

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

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