1971. Brazil. Neville d’Almeida. 62 min.
Introduced by Pérez-Oramas
Monday, November 1, 2010, 6:30 p.m.
The Celeste Bartos Theater Lobby, mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
1971. Brazil. Written and directed by Neville d’Almeida. With Sergio Bandeira. D’Almeida is an independent Brazilian filmmaker who worked in close association with the transgressive avant-garde artist Hélio Oiticica. Oiticica introduced d’Almeida to Mangue, a red light district in Rio de Janeiro from which the film draws its title. Striving for a record of direct life experience, d’Almeida infused Mangue-Bangue, the quasi-fictional story of a transgendered Brazilian living in poverty, with pop culture, local music, improvisational theater techniques, explicit drug use, and political urgency. The Museum of Modern Art’s 16mm print is thought to be the only surviving copy of the film—Mangue-Bangue was almost immediately censored and banned from theaters in Brazil—and in 2010 MoMA created a new 35mm preservation negatives and prints. The November 1 screening will be introduced by Luis Pérez-Oramas, The Estrellita Brodsky Curator of Latin American Art, The Museum of Modern Art. 62 min.
In the Film exhibition To Save and Project: The Eighth MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation
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