Tropicália and beyond: dialogues in Brazilian film history

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Explore Brazil’s cinematic past in fresh conversation with the present

Although the short-lived Brazilian cultural movement known as Tropicália is most commonly associated with music and the visual arts, its sense of playfulness and strategies of appropriation have stimulated many of the country’s filmmakers from the 1960s to the present.

In this weekend of screenings, we have the rare opportunity to see a number of experimental narrative features from the 1960s and 1970s, each of which developed new perspectives on Brazil in a period of great uncertainty and defined the tropicalist imaginary of the time. The seven-screening programme also highlights contemporary works responding to, restoring or even resisting the legacy of the previous generation. We ask ourselves, fifty years after its emergence, what is the legacy of Tropicália today? And what is its effect on filmmaking in Brazil?

Tropicália and Beyond: Dialogues in Brazilian Film History is curated by Stefan Solomon with Tate Film, and presented in collaboration with the University of Reading. Exhibition held 9-12 November 2017.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherTate Modern
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017


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