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Central Station and the Revival of Brazilian Cinema

Central Station and the Revival of Brazilian Cinema

In the 60s, the Cinema Novo movement developed a unique cinematic language that would become recognized as genuinely Brazilian. Cinema Novo challenged cinema’s conventions regarding format but raised inquiries about social inequalities originated by the intrinsic nature of capitalism and cultural imperialism.  However, by the late 1980s, the Brazilian film industry was in a state of collapse.  Then, in 1998, CENTRAL STATION (115 min) inaugurated a new approach to Brazilian Cinema. Aligned with conventional aesthetic and narrative structure, the film was a commercial and artistic success, earning the recognition of critics and public.

In this class, we’ll explore the cathartic narrative of the film, which functions as a modern fairy tale, and further discuss its place in the cinematic traditions of the Brazilian film aesthetic.  

This class will be taught by visiting assistant instructor Ricardo Pinheiro, a filmmaker, educator and adjunct film instructor at Portland State University.

Class size will be limited to 18.

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