Sunday, October 21, 2012

World Cinema Guide: Brazil (39 Greatest Films 1929-2005)


When I say ‘greatest’ in the title above I mean ‘most critically acclaimed, based on a consensus of opinion’ and for details of how I established that - and why this list only goes up to 2005 - please see ‘World Cinema Guide: Introduction’. 

In the alphabetical table of contents at the right you will also find similar lists for other countries: World Cinema Guide China, World Cinema Guide France, World Cinema Guide Germany etc

Note that within this list there is in effect a ‘best of the best’ list: the most critically acclaimed 10-20% of films from this country are marked with a *.

1931 Limite* (Mario Peixoto)
1933 Ganga Bruta (Humberto Maura)
1953 The Bandit* (Lima Barreto)
1954 Rio, 40 Degrees * (Nelson Pereira Dos Santos)
1954 Song of the Sea (Alberto Cavalcanti)
1959 Black Orpheus (Marcel Camus)
1962 Barravento* (Glauber Rocha)
1962 The Given Word* (Anselmo Duarte)
1963 Barren Lives* (Nelson Pereira Dos Santos)
1964 Black God, White Devil * (Glauber Rocha)
1964 Os Fuzis (Ruy Guerra)
1967 Land in Anguish* (Glauber Rocha)
1967 The Brave Warrior (Gustavo Dahl)
1969 Antonio Das Mortes* (Glauber Rocha)
1969 Macunaima (Joaquim Pedro De Andrade)
1970 Os Deuses E Os Mortes (Ruy Guerra)
1970 Sao Bernando (Leon Hirszman)
1971 How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman (Nelson Pereira Dos Santos)
1976 Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (Bruno Barreto)
1978 Lucio Flavio (Hector Babenco)
1980 Bye Bye Brazil (Carlos Diegues)
1981 Pixote* (Hector Babenco)
1981 They Don't Wear Black Tie (Leon Hirszman)
1984 Beloved Country (Tizuka Yamasaki)
1984 Memories of Prison (Nelson Pereira Dos Santos)
1984 Quilombo (Carlos Diegues)
1985 Kiss of the Spider Woman (Hector Babenco)
1995 Foreign Land (Walter Salles)
1995 Quatrilho (Fabio Barreto)
1997 Four Days in September (Bruno Barreto)
1997 The Oyster and the Wind (Walter Lima Jr.)
1998 Central Station* (Walter Salles)
1998 Midnight (Walter Salles)
2000 Me You Them (Andrucha Waddington)
2001 Behind the Sun (Walter Salles)
2002 Bus 174* (Jose Padilha, Felipe Lacerda)
2002 City of God* (Fernando Meirelles, Katia Lund)
2003 Carandiru (Hector Babenco)
2004 Redentor (Claudio Torres)

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