Triste trópico. 1974. Brazil. Written and directed by Arthur Omar. In Portuguese; English subtitles. 80 min.
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.
Sunday, June 22, 2014,1:30 p.m.Mezzanine, Education and Research Center, Theater 3The Museum of Modern Art
Saturday, June 21, 2014,4:00 p.m.Mezzanine, Education and Research Center, Theater 3The Museum of Modern Art
Thursday, June 19, 2014,7:00 p.m.T2, Theater 2The Museum of Modern Art