Tent of Miracles
Rio, 100 Degrees
Hunger for Love: Have You Ever Sunbathed Completely Nude?
BAMPFA Student Committee Pick
Dos Santos and codirector Dora Jobim (Antonio’s granddaughter) offer a catchy musical memorial to the master of bossa nova with this blend of archival performances (featuring Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, et al.) and more contemporary interpretations.
A writer’s time among both political prisoners and “ordinary” criminals is chronicled in dos Santos’s examination of life under the Vargas dictatorship of the thirties, based on the memoirs of writer Graciliano Ramos (Barren Lives).
Citizen Kane doused with caipirinha and given a carnival spin, dos Santos’s delightfully ribald tribute to the many cultures and races of Bahian society adapts the novel by famed author Jorge Amado.
Echoing Brazil’s ever-elastic political blacklist, dos Santos’s clever subversion of a classic novel by Machado de Assis centers on a small town where authorities’ expanding definition of insanity makes everyone a candidate for the loony bin.
Dos Santos’s formally radical adaptation of an allegorical short story about adultery and colonialism was inspired by his encounters with American avant-garde filmmakers like Jonas Mekas and Stan Brakhage.
Race, class, and samba collide in dos Santos’s radicalization of Brazil’s widespread chanchada musical genre. Charismatic singer/cabaret artist Grande Otelo stars as a working-class composer trying to succeed in a rich (and white) man’s world.
Five youth from the wrong side of the tracks hit Rio’s tourist zones in dos Santos’s first film, which adds a tropical beat and heat to Italian neorealism. Banned at the time, it’s now a startling time capsule of fifties samba and street style.
A migrant family shifts from one unforgivingly barren land to another—and contends with similarly unforgiving landlords—in arguably the first masterpiece of Brazil’s Cinema Novo movement.