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Foundational FilmsEarly Cinema and Modernity in Brazil$
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Maite Conde

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520290983

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520290983.001.0001

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Early Cinema and National Identity in Brazil

Early Cinema and National Identity in Brazil

Mapping Out a Space of Analysis

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(p.21) 1 Early Cinema and National Identity in Brazil
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Foundational Films
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Maite Conde

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520290983.003.0002

This chapter presents an overview and critique of theories of Brazil’s cinematic belle epoque, which have depicted the early film period as a golden age of Brazilian filmmaking in contrast to later decades that were dominated by Hollywood’s hegemony. The chapter shows how these utopian discourses regarding the belle epoque have obscured the cinematic period’s intrinsic link to Rio de Janeiro and its modernizing reforms, reforms that were inextricably linked to the development and expansion of global capitalism.

Keywords:   early film theory, modernity, Brazil, Brazil’s belle epoque, global capitalism, Brazil’s First Republic

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