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Rio, 40°

Rio, 40°

Rio, 40°

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1955 / 93min / DCP

DIRECTOR: NELSON PEREIRA DOS SANTOS

It would be no exaggeration to say that the modern Brazilian cinema emerged from dos Santos’ remarkable directorial debut, a sprawling portrait of Rio de Janeiro reminiscent of the later work of Robert Altman that moves from its hillside favelas to its most fashionable beaches, from samba schools to powerful politicians. Filmed almost guerrilla-style over a period of months, dos Santos chronicles with wit, passion and great intelligence the contradictions but also the intoxicating energy of a society on the brink of rapid transformation.