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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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Alternative Urban Projections in Early Narrative Films

Alternative Urban Projections in Early Narrative Films

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(p.58) 3 Alternative Urban Projections in Early Narrative Films
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Foundational Films
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Maite Conde

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520290983.003.0004

By 1906, Brazilian filmmakers began experimenting with new narrative or storytelling forms, already popular in Europe and the United States. This chapter explores these narrative films and their depiction of Rio’s modernization, exploring their relationship with well-known cultural intertexts, such as the teatro de revista (vaudeville theater), satirical political magazines, carnival, and crime stories. By exploring Brazilian cinema’s dialogue with these urban intertexts, the chapter explores the ways in which these early films mapped alterative urban trajectories that presented readers with veiled critiques of the Republic’s modernizing urban mission.

Keywords:   Rio de Janeiro, teatro de revista, vaudeville theater

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