Reading Slave Relations in Humberto Mauro’s Lost Treasure (1927)
This chapter examines Brazilian director Humberto Mauro’s 1927 film Thesouro Perdido, which was influenced the North American film Tol'able David, directed by Henry King in 1921. The chapter examines discussions regarding mimicry, bringing them to bear specifically on early Brazilian cinema and Brazilian film theory and what has been dismissed as its imitative relationship to Hollywood movies. Analyzing the structure and aesthetics of Mauro’s film, the chapter discusses the differences between it and its Hollywood template, and it locates this difference in the country’s material reality, that is, the remnants of traditional patriarchal structures in Brazil and their roots in slave labor.
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