The Brazilian Road Movie

Journeys of (self) Discovery

Editor(s) Sara Brandellero

Language: English

Genre(s): Media, Film and Theatre

Series: Iberian and Latin American Studies

  • June 2013 · 288 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Hardback - 9780708325988
  • · eBook - pdf - 9780708325995
  • · eBook - epub - 9781783165650

About The Book

The Brazilian Road Movie: Journeys of (Self)Discovery explores some of the key trends and films in the development of the road movie in Brazil. Through a collection of essays by distinguished scholars, and covering a broad range of case studies, this text spans Brazilian film production from the silent era to the present day. This text examines issues such as the reworking of the genre in a Brazilian context, the relationship between documentary and fiction, between history, politics and cinema, gender and race, the wilderness and the urban space, the national and the transnational. The essays consider among other things how the experience of the journey helped develop and was instrumental in defining identities on screen. Adopting a variety of approaches, the volume considers the significance of the iconography of the road, the experience of movement and of life on the move for the representation of Brazil on screen.


"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


Introduction: Sara Brandellero Part I: On the Road Chapter 1: Silvino Santos and the Mobile View: Documentary Geographies of Modern Brazil Luciana Martins Chapter 2: Paths of the Brazilian Road Movies in the 1950s Samuel Paiva A-- 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 Lucia Nagib Chapter 9: Sertao as Post-National Landscape: Cinema, aspirinas e urubus Stephanie Dennison Chapter 10: Women on the Road: Sexual Tourism & Beyond Joao Luiz Vieira

About the Editor(s)

Author(s): Sara Brandellero

Sara Brandellero is Assistant Professor in Brazilian Studies at Leiden University. Her publications include the book On a Knife-Edge: The Poetry of João Cabral de Melo Neto (Oxford University Press, 2011) and The Brazilian Road Movie: Journeys of (Self)Discovery (University of Wales Press, 2013).

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