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The horizontal spread of a vertical malady: cosmopolitanism and history in Pernambuco’s recent cinematic sensation

Nagib, L. (2017) The horizontal spread of a vertical malady: cosmopolitanism and history in Pernambuco’s recent cinematic sensation. In: Delgado, M. M., Hart, S. M. and Johnson, R. (eds.) A Companion to Latin American Cinema. Wiley Blackwell Companions to National Cinemas. Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken, New Jersey, pp. 343-355. ISBN 9781118552889

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Abstract/Summary

Brazil’s recent cinematic sensation, O som ao redor/Neighboring Sounds (Kleber Mendonça Filho, 2012), displays an effective integration of form and content, as exemplified by its vertical figuration that crystallizes the devastating effects of property development and global capitalism. This chapter will attempt to unravel a two-way drive within this vertical motif: a movement off the ground, resulting in global cosmopolitanism; and another into the ground, in search of the social history and film history at its base. As I hope to demonstrate, despite the characters’ late postmodernist disconnect from local context and history, O som ao redor offers a perspicacious insight into regional and national history that contributes an original and exciting addition to Brazilian and world cinema.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Arts and Communication Design > Film, Theatre & Television
ID Code:47628
Uncontrolled Keywords:Neighbouring Sounds; Kleber Mendonça; Latin American Cinema; Brazilian Cinema; Pernambuco
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell

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