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Nelson Pereira dos Santos

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Nelson Pereira dos Santos (22 October 1928 – 21 April 2018) was a Brazilian film director. He directed films such as Vidas Secas (Barren Lives), based on the book with the same name by Brazilian writer Graciliano Ramos. He also directed Rio 40°(his first feature film) which was released in 1955. The film is a chronicle of life in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, and it influenced several other directors, spurring the Cinema Novo moment. His most well-known film outside of Brazil is Como Era Gostoso o Meu Francês (How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman, 1971). It was entered into the 21st Berlin International Film Festival. The film takes place in the sixteenth century and details the alleged cannibalistic practices of the (now extinct) indigenous Tupinamba warrior tribe against the French and Portuguese colonizers of the Brazilian littoral. The film is something of a black comedy about European colonialism—one that makes satirical use of the Brazilian modernist trope of Antropofagia ("cultural cannibalism"), then recently revived by the Tropicalismo movement of the 1960s—as well as a bitter commentary on the historical genocide of the indigenous tribes in Latin America and the gradual destruction of their civilization. Santos was a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters from 2006 up to his death, result of multiple organ failure, on 12 April 2018. He was 89. Description above from the Wikipedia article Nelson Pereira dos Santos, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Oct 22, 1928 In São Paulo
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Mandacaru Vermelho 1961-11-27
Latest Project:
Movie A música que meu pai gostava 2018-07-09
Known For
Poster of At the Edge of the Earth
Poster of For All - O Trampolim da Vitória
Poster of Jardim de Guerra
Poster of Improvised and Purposeful: Cinema Novo
Movie A música que meu pai gostava Unknown 2018-07-09
Movie Brazilian Cinema in the 20th Century Unknown 2017-03-31
Movie Cinema Novo Self 2016-05-16
Movie Tudo Por Amor ao Cinema 2015-06-30
Movie Cordilheiras no Mar: A Fúria do Fogo Bárbaro 2015-10-05
Movie Sinais de Cinza, A Peleja de Olney Contra o Dragão da Maldade Unknown 2013-01-22
Movie Glauber Rocha em Defesa do Cinema Brasileiro Unknown 2011-08-22
Movie Crítico Himself 2008-01-28
Movie Português - A Língua do Brasil Unknown 2007-01-02
Movie Glauber Rocha - The Movie, Brazil's Labyrinth Unknown 2003-09-17
Movie How to Die in Cinema Himself 2002-03-07
Movie At the Edge of the Earth Unknown 2002-07-07
Movie For All - O Trampolim da Vitória 1998-05-15
Movie Dib 1997-01-02
Movie Que Viva Glauber! 1991-01-01
Movie Que Filme 'Tu Vai' Fazer? 1991-07-11
Movie Alex Viany - Um Documentário em Vídeo Ele mesmo 1989-01-02
Movie Nelson Filma Unknown 1971-01-01
Movie Jardim de Guerra 1968-09-23
Movie Improvised and Purposeful: Cinema Novo Himself 1967-01-01
Movie Mandacaru Vermelho Unknown 1961-11-27