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The Brazilian Road Movie

Journeys of (Self) Discovery

The Brazilian Road Movie explores some of the key trends and films in the development of the road movie in Brazil. A collection of essays by distinguished scholars, covering a broad range of case studies, this text spans Brazilian film production from the silent era to the present day. Contributors examine such issues as the reworking of the genre in a Brazilian context and the relationships between documentary and fiction; history, politics, and cinema; gender and race; the wilderness and the urban space; and the national and the transnational. As a whole, the volume sheds light on the significance of the journey and the experience of life on the road as represented in Brazilian cinema.

288 pages | 14 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Iberian and Latin American Studies

Film Studies

History: Latin American History

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“Brandellero succeeds in showcasing the notable range of road narratives in Brazilian cinema, from the silent era to the contemporary period. . . . All essays are clearly organized, well researched, and written in readable prose. . . . Recommended.”

D. West, University of Idaho | Choice

“This valuable addition to the existing bibliography in English on Brazilian cinema takes a fresh perspective by exploring how the road movie genre, intimately associated with Hollywood film, has been adapted and reworked by Brazilian filmmakers. Its strength lies in the diversity of works analyzed and the variety of approaches adopted by a range of both established and up-and-coming scholars.”

Lisa Shaw, University of Liverpool

Table of Contents

Series Editors’ Foreword


List of Illustrations

Notes on Contributors


Part I: On the Road

Chapter 1: Silvino Santos and the Mobile View: Documentary Geographies of Modern Brazil

      Luciana Martins

Chapter 2: Paths of Brazilian Road Movies in the 1950s

      Samuel Paiva

Chapter 3: Bye bye Brasil and the Quest for the Nation

      Sara Brandellero

Chapter 4: Framing Landscapes: the Return Journey in Suely in the Sky

      Mariana A. C. da Cunha

Chapter 5: Road to Riches: Migration and Social Mobility in 2 filhos de Francisco

      Tatiana Signorelli Heise

Chapter 6: God is Brazilian: a Re-Examination of Cinema Novo and Self

      Adriana Rouanet

Part II: The Voyage Out

Chapter 7: Leaving Home in Three Films by Walter Salles

      Darlene J. Sadlier

Chapter 8: Back to the Margins in Search of the Core: Foreign Land’s Geography of Exclusion

      Lúcia Nagrib

Chapter 9: Sertão as Post-National Landscape: Cinema, aspirinas e urubus

      Stephanie Dennison

Chapter 10: Women on the Road: Sexual Tourism and Beyond

      João Luiz Vieira


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