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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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Film and Fandom in Cinearte Magazine

Film and Fandom in Cinearte Magazine

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Foundational Films

Maite Conde

University of California Press

This chapter examines discourses and elaborations of a Hollywood-inflected stardom that emerged in 1920s Brazil in the country’s first fanzine, Cinearte. It looks at how these discourses zoomed in on questions of gender, discussing Brazilian women’s cinematic reception and also their role as actresses in movies. The chapter explores the ways in which the development of female stars was inextricably and complexly related to a modern urban mass culture that emerged in early twentieth century Brazil, in which women were central. In doing so, it highlights stardom’s dialogue with the figure of the melindrosa, Brazil’s own New Woman, looking at how this figure carefully negotiated concerns regarding the mass form of the movies and its threats to traditional mores and moralities.

Keywords:   Cinearte, Melindrosa, New Woman, Hollywood, consumer culture, fanzines, fans

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