Cinema: Iced Coffee


Directed and Written

by Carlos Diegues

A Brazilian musical? The words evoke memories of Carmen Miranda, teeth gleaming, hips undulating, r's trilling, balancing a headdress of tropical fruit heavy enough to give the strongest Rio dock worker a hernia. That was '40s Hollywood, whose notion of Brazil was half picture postcard, half Daliesque daydream. Since then, a group of engaged intellectuals, collectively called cinema novo, have created a native awareness of the medium's power to teach and persuade. But before you can send a movie audience marching out to the barricades, you must get them into the...

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