1972. Brazil. Leon Hirszman. 113 min.
Saturday, July 21, 2012, 4:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1972. Brazil. Directed by Leon Hirszman. With Othon Bastos, Rodolfo Arena, Luiz Carlos Braga. A beautifully restored print from Cinemateca Brasileira has revived this masterpiece of the Cinema Novo era, returning the color cinematography of Lauro Escorel to its original glory. Based on the novel by Graciliano Ramos, São Bernardo is narrated in flashbacks by Paulo Honório (Bastos), who reflects on his rise from extreme poverty to wealth as a plantation owner. His economic success—and tyrannical ways—have isolated him from the people around him, including his wife, Madalena, a teacher committed to her poor neighbors and students. In a powerful indictment of capitalist greed and brutality, set amid Brazil’s northeastern sertão, the film’s central character is forced to question his life’s trajectory and the condition of his soul. Portuguese with English subtitles. 113 min.