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AutorREGO, Cacilda Maria da Silva
TítuloCinema Novo: for a popular cinema in Brazil
OrientadorJohn Randal Johnson
UniversidadeUniversity of Texas, Austin
Data de entrega1997
Data de defesa1997
Descrição físicav.1; 228 f.
DisponibilidadeBiblioteca UTAustin
ResumoAccusing commercial (and especially North American) cinema of expressing capitalist ideology without at all intending to be vehicle for political awareness and action, Cinema Novo directors embarked on a political project of consciousness-raising, one more suited to and consistent with what they thought popular cinema ought to be. It is the premise of this dissertation that, despite having a certain merit, Cinema Novo's project had a negative side: it reinforced a false divide between intellectuals and the popular classes. That is to say, believing they were different from and superior to the rest of Brazilian society, Cinema Novo directors assumed that only themselves, i.e., a select few, were capable of knowing reality "such as it was" and communicate it while the (silent) majority, i.e., economically opressed and culturally dominated, were not. On the negative side, too, was the essentially authoritarian nature of Cinema Novo's project. This can be seen in the attempt on the part of Cinema Novo directors to impose their own vision - along with the solutions to the problems - of Brazilian reality on "the people". What emerges out of this dissertation is the conclusion that, even if these were not conscious strategies on the part of Cinema Novo directors, Cinema Novo's project for a popular cinema was far less politically radical or revolutionary than they claimed - or desired - it to be.
ObservaçãoA orientaçäo da tese foi feita conjuntamente por Randal Johnson e Emily G. McAnany.

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