Title FROM THE BANAL TO THE INDISPENSABLE: PORNOCHANCHADA AND CINEMA NOVO DURING THE BRAZILIAN DICTATORSHIP (1964-1985)
Authors CAMARERO CALANDRIA, EMMA, CAMARERO CALANDRIA, EMMA
External publication No
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Scope Article
Nature Científica
SJR Quartile 2
SJR Impact 0.11900
Area International
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Publication date 01/01/2017
ISI 000398583600007
Scopus Id 2-s2.0-85013823879
Abstract The period of the dictatorship in Brazil was marked by the convergence of two cinematic movements: on the one hand, the erotic films produced in the Boca do Lixo neighbourhood in Sao Paulo, which gave rise to the pornochanchada; and on the other, Cinema Novo, which turned Brazilian cinema into an international intellectual phenomenon. An analysis of Brazilian cinema during the dictatorship from a historical perspective reveals that both these movements brought about a revolution of ideology and of form that neither the censors nor their tools of repression could restrain. However, the importance of erotic cinema in the creation of a collective consciousness that rejected the regime has been underestimated in comparison with Cinema Novo. Concealed behind the eroticism of these productions there was also a struggle based on the affirmation of sexuality as a path towards freedom that often succeeded in outwitting the censors, constituting a cinematic process that is indispensable today for the construction of the memory of those years.
Keywords Cinema Novo; pornochanchada; Boca do Lixo; protest films; censorship; revolution.
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