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An Intermedial Reading of Glauber Rocha's Cosmogony

Nagib, L. ORCID: (2021) An Intermedial Reading of Glauber Rocha's Cosmogony. In: Nagib, L. ORCID:, Corrêa de Araújo, L. and De Luca, T. (eds.) Towards an Intermedial History of Brazilian Cinema. Edinburgh Studies in Film and Intermediality. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh. ISBN 9781474452984 (In Press)

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Even though Brazil and national identity have always been the focus of Rocha’s films, they are also attempts at universalising the national experience into the condition of the entire Earth. This is notably the case in what became known as his ‘trilogia da terra’, or ‘Earth trilogy’, including the aforementioned Deus e o diabo na terra do sol and Terra em transe, as well as his last film A idade da Terra (The Age of the Earth, 1981). In all three the reiteration of the term ‘terra’, meaning both ‘Earth’ and ‘land’ in Portuguese, announce their planetary ambition. Focusing on the former two, as they mark the rise and fall of the 1960s revolutionary hopes through radically innovative aesthetics, this chapter will analyse cosmogonic intermediality in Rocha’s work according to two totalising and strongly intermedial figures. The first is the motif of the cross which resonates with Eisenstein’s ‘vertical’ and ‘horizontal’ montage principles. The second is trance, which disrupts the finality and symmetry of the cross motif. Drawing an arc that marks the rise and fall of the cosmic revolutionary utopia from Deus e o diabo na terra do sol to Terra em transe, these figures will allow me to identify and describe the vertiginous synthesis of Brazil’s political and artistic history promoted in Rocha’s work.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Arts and Communication Design > Film, Theatre & Television
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Publisher:Edinburgh University Press

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