How Brazilian Films Developed Multiple National Identities, 1930-2000: The Cultural Achievement of Popular Cinema (Hardback)
  • How Brazilian Films Developed Multiple National Identities, 1930-2000: The Cultural Achievement of Popular Cinema (Hardback)

How Brazilian Films Developed Multiple National Identities, 1930-2000: The Cultural Achievement of Popular Cinema (Hardback)

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This text is the first to use the theoretical construct of cannibalism (anthropophagy) to examine the role of popular cinema in shaping national identity. This work analyses the ways in which Brazil has been imagined from outside, specifically the symbols that have come to dominate external constructions of the nation and its inhabitants. It examines how filmmakers have attempted to reformulate these symbols in order to construct varied images of identity both for the nation and its citizens. This analytic process is framed in terms of an anthropophagic cultural practice, part of a long history in the formation of a national culture in Brazil. It emphasizes not only the absorption of foreign cultural production but, critically, its re-elaboration to benefit the development of a national cinematic culture.

Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
ISBN: 9780773439467

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