Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20:20

Deus ajuda os bão (1991)

Based on a text by Arnaldo Jabor, Deus ajuda os bão continues the adventures of Zé da Silva, the protagonist of A história do homem que lutou sem conhecer seu grande inimigo, who stands as a symbol for the Brazilian people. In this political tale, unemployed and living in the favela, he finds himself hindered from building a door to protect his shack. This problem starts out a journey in which Zé da Silva will go from door to door, climbing the ranks of Brazilian society — the speculators, the intellectuals, the government, the landowners — ending up in the USA, in search of a solution for his problem. The voyage of Zé da Silva sheds light on the mechanisms of power in a country as dependent as Brazil, in which the issue of land reform plays a central role. He returns to the favela with the consciousness that, together with all other exploited people, he has to fight for his rights. Deus ajuda os bão is designed as a farce and filled with irony, accentuating the economic and political drama in which the majority of the Brazilian population lives.

Tuesday, 03 August 2010 12:43

O Rei da Vela (1967)

O Rei da Vela was written by Oswald de Andrade in 1933, but only debuted in this 1967 production by Teatro Oficina. Staged during the cultural revolution of the late 1960s and at the threshold of the 1968 AI-5—the most violent period of Brazil's dictatorship—it became a symbol for the counterculture movement. Oficina's theater house had been destroyed by a fire in 1966 and, looking for a play that would symbolize a new phase, the company decided that this avant-garde work by the Brazilian playwright provided them with the necessary elements to reflect the crisis of their cultural and historical moment. A fable about a candle maker and money lender under the pressure of loans to the North-American Imperialism, it depicts the underdeveloped condition of the country, targeted by an authoritarian mentality built upon superficialities. With strong and aggressive visual elements by Hélio Eichbauer and a song by Caetano Veloso, this production became a reference for several artists that formed the Tropicalia Movement, influencing music, cinema, visual arts, and literature.

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