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<i>Triste trópico</i>. 1973. Directed by Arthur Omar. Courtesy of the filmmaker.
  • Triste trópico

    1974. Brazil. Arthur Omar. 80 min.

Sunday, June 22, 2014, 1:30 p.m.

Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building



  • Triste trópico

    1974. Brazil. Written and directed by Arthur Omar. Cinematography by Iso Malman, José Carlos Avellar. With Othon Bastos. In this “fake documentary” a doctor returns to Brazil after studies in Paris. Setting out to practice medicine, he becomes an indigenous messiah and, in time, a cannibal. Omar’s cinema distinguishes itself from both the aesthetics of Cinema Novo and Marginal Cinema’s extreme photographic realism by what he has called a “hyper-language,” a collage constructed with many kinds of images, printed words, letters, drawings, symbols, documentary material, archives of family films, snapshots, and, in the voice-over, dozens of texts from anthropological research, baroque narratives, popular almanacs, sermons, poems, and citations of all sorts—all set off with a purposeful and radical lack of perfection in its overall visual look. In Portuguese; English subtitles. 80 min.