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Tropicalism Shock Cinema and Tv - Newton Cannito

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Tropicalism Shock Cinema and Tv: A Revolutionary Movement in Brazilian Culture


Tropicalism was a revolutionary movement that emerged in Brazil in the 1960s. It was a time of great social and political upheaval, and Tropicalism reflected the country's changing landscape. The movement was characterized by its eclecticism, its rejection of traditional values, and its embrace of popular culture. Tropicalism had a profound impact on Brazilian culture, and its influence can still be seen today.

Cinema and Tv

Cinema and television were two of the most important mediums for Tropicalism. Tropicalist filmmakers and television producers used these mediums to experiment with new forms of storytelling and to challenge conventional notions of reality. They often used satire, humor, and allegory to express their political and social views.

Tropicalist Films

Some of the most important Tropicalist films include:

  • "Black God, White Devil" (1964): This film by Glauber Rocha is considered to be one of the most important works of Tropicalist cinema. It tells the story of a group of bandits who rob a bank in order to finance a revolution. The film is a powerful indictment of Brazilian society and its history of colonialism and exploitation.
  • "I, the Worst of All" (1967): This film by Rogério Sganzerla is a semi-autobiographical account of the director's life. The film is a freewheeling, experimental work that challenges traditional notions of narrative and character.
  • "Tropicália" (1968): This film by Hélio Oiticica is a documentary about the Tropicalist movement. The film features interviews with Tropicalist artists, musicians, and filmmakers, and it provides a valuable glimpse into the movement's history and philosophy.

Tropicalist Television

Tropicalist television was also a major force in Brazilian culture. Tropicalist television producers created a number of innovative and groundbreaking programs that challenged conventional notions of television. These programs often featured a mix of music, dance, comedy, and politics.

The Impact of Tropicalism

Tropicalism had a profound impact on Brazilian culture. The movement helped to break down traditional barriers between high and low culture, and it opened up new possibilities for artistic expression. Tropicalism also helped to raise awareness of social and political issues, and it played a role in the country's eventual transition to democracy.


Tropicalism was a revolutionary movement that changed the course of Brazilian culture. Its influence can still be seen today in the work of Brazilian artists, musicians, and filmmakers. Tropicalism Shock Cinema and Tv is a comprehensive and insightful study of this important movement. The book is a must-read for anyone interested in Brazilian culture, film, and television.

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