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Foundational Films: Early Cinema and Modernity in Brazil

Maite Conde


The first screening of films in Brazil took place on July 8, 1896. Journalists immediately praised the movies’ modernity and their progressive dimensions. Their commentaries support the commonly held premise that cinema was related to the onset of modernity. In Brazil, relationship had a very specific impetus. After the abolition of slavery in 1888, followed a year later by the ousting of the imperial monarchy, a new Republican regime (1889–1930) set out to redefine Brazil’s identity. Its peripheral status was to be a thing of the past, and incorporating European discourses of civilization and ... More

Keywords: early cinema, Brazil, modernity, First Republic, order and progress

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520290983
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520290983.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maite Conde, author
University of Cambridge