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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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Cinematic Vistas of Rio de Janeiro’s Worldly Modernity

Cinematic Vistas of Rio de Janeiro’s Worldly Modernity

(p.39) 2 Cinematic Vistas of Rio de Janeiro’s Worldly Modernity
Foundational Films

Maite Conde

University of California Press

This chapter draws upon and contributes to discussions about the homologous relationship between early cinema and urban space. It focuses on the ways in which the introduction and development of film in Brazil was part of a project of urban transformation that took place in the country’s then capital, Rio de Janeiro, at the start of the twentieth century, which was intended to transform the city into a modern and global capital. This project of urban transformation was modeled on Haussmann’s Parisian reforms. Analyzing early actuality films, the chapter examines how the foreign medium’s arrival was inscribed and implicated in Rio’s modern transformation, helping to map and project its new image as a modern urban capital.

Keywords:   Rio de Janeiro, urban transformations, urban cinematic vistas, cinema of attractions

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