Bye Bye Brazil - Brazilian Films - Carlos Diegues
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Bye Bye Brazil
Brazil - 1980
Directed by Carlos Diegues


Jose Wilker stars as the "Gypsy Lord" of a traveling tent show that winds its way through the backroads of Brazil, playing to tiny villages along the edge of the ever-shrinking jungle. A star-struck  young accordionist is enamored by the troupe, and he and his pregnant young wife join them, jostling around in the back of the truck.  We see a way of life that is rapidly disappearing as development encroaches.  With the arrival of electricity and television to the villages, the troupe finds that the audiences are no longer lining up to see the seductive "Solome, Queen of the Rhumba"(Betty Faria).  They arrive in one such village to find the streets deserted and the entire population gathered around one television.

The location footage is fascinating.  The characters and their relationships with each other add an additional dynamic to this already powerful film.   We consider this to be one of the most important South American films we've seen.
Color, Portuguese with English subtitles.

Runtime: 115 minutes

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