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World Film Locations: São Paulo

São Paulo is the largest city in South America and the powerhouse of Brazil’s economy. A multi-racial metropolis with a diverse population of Asian, Arabic, and European immigrants as well as migrants from other parts of Brazil, it is a global city with international reach. Films set in São Paulo often replace the postcard images of beautiful tropical beaches and laidback lifestyles with working environments and the search for better opportunities. Bikinis and flip flops give way to urban subcultures, sport, entertainment, and artistic movements. The ability to transcend national boundaries, and its resistance to stereotypical images of an “exotic” Brazil, make São Paulo a fascinating location in which to explore Brazil’s changing economic and cultural landscapes. 
The first comprehensive guide to filmic representations of São Paulo, this book serves as an introduction to the city for film enthusiasts, visitors, and tourists while simultaneously opening scholarly debates on global concerns such as marginalization, rapid urbanization, and child poverty.

128 pages | 50 color plates | 6 x 9 | © 2013

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Table of Contents



São Paulo: City of the Imagination

                Reinaldo Cardenuto

São Paulo on the Big Screen: Cinematic [Post] Modernity

                Alfredo Suppia

Maps of Scenes 1-8: 1929-1981

Paulista Film Industry: An Overview

                Fábio Uchôa

Map of Scenes 9-15: 1981-2002

Cinema Marginal

                Daniel Serravalle de Sá

Map of Scenes 16-22: 2002-2005

The City of São Paulo as Depicted in Tata Amaral’s Movies

                Marcia Carvalho

Map of Scenes 23-29: 2006-2007

The Geography of Segregation: Violence and Class Division in Contemporary São Paulo Cinema

                Tiago de Luca

Map of Scenes 30-36: 2007-2008

Transnational Minhocão: The Emblematic Highway

                Natália Pinazza

Map of Scenes 37-43: 2008-2012


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