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Documenting the Social Reality of Brazil

Documenting the Social Reality of Brazil

Roberto Rossellini, the Paraíban Documentary School, and the Cinema Novistas

Chapter:
(p.209) Documenting the Social Reality of Brazil
Source:
Global Neorealism
Author(s):
Sarah Sarzynski
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617031229.003.0013

This chapter examines how neorealist techniques consciously employed by the Paraíban documentary school of the Brazilian Northeast served as a building block to construct a particular kind not only of Brazilian cinema but also of Brazilian identity. It recovers the story of this little-known movement that played a significant role in fostering the more famous fiction films of Brazil’s Cinema Novo.

Keywords:   neoralism, Brazilian cinema, Brazilian identity, Cinema Novo

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