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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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The Cine-Poetry of Mário Peixoto’s Limite

The Cine-Poetry of Mário Peixoto’s Limite

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(p.208) 9 The Cine-Poetry of Mário Peixoto’s Limite
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Foundational Films
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Maite Conde

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520290983.003.0010

This chapter undertakes a close reading of the Brazilian experimental silent film Limite, made in 1930 by Mário Peixoto. It pays close attention to the context of the film’s production: Peixoto’s contact with the world of cinephilia in Brazil and his links to the European avant-garde. In doing so, it analyzes the film’s style in the light of Germaine Dulac’s emphasis on cinema’s visual rhythms. Rather than providing us with a story or even presenting us with the psychological state of mind among its characters, it shows how Peixoto’s film “thinks” in pictures, movements, and angles, trying to intertwine diverse visual fields by using certain symbolic themes and variations. The chapter this shows how Limite accomplishes what Dulac had demanded in 1927: the “real” filmmaker should “divest cinema of all elements not particular to it, to seek its true essence in the consciousness of movement and visual rhythms.”

Keywords:   Limite, Mário Peixoto, avant-garde cinema, Chaplin Club, cinephilia, cine-poetry, Germaine Dulac

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