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C LIT 315 B: National Cinemas

Brazilian Cinema

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Meeting Time: 
TTh 3:30pm - 5:20pm
Location: 
DEM 102
SLN: 
20835
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Cynthia Steele

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C LIT 315 B

National Cinemas: Brazilian Cinema

Spring 2016     SLN 11806

TTh 3:30-5:20     Dempsey 102

Prof. Cynthia Steele

Office: Padelford C-502   MW 2:30-3:20     206-616-4085

cynthias@uw.edu

Description:

This course will provide an overview of Brazilian cinema of the past half century, beginning with the New Latin American Cinema movement of the 1960s and 70s (Nelson Pereira dos Santos’ Vidas Secas and Glauber Rocha’s Black God, White Devil), continuing with the pivotal 1980s films Pixote and Hour of the Star, foundational films about the favela and women’s issues, respectively. We will then move on to the new wave in Brazilian cinema, from roughly 2000 to the present. Among its major themes are rural and urban poverty, violence emerging from poverty and violence of the state, reassessment of Brazil’s African and indigenous roots, and acknowledgement of diverse gender and sexual identities. Recent films will include City of God, Madame Sata, Xingu, What Is It Worth?, A Wolf at the Door, and The Second Mother. We will also read and discuss several analytical essays posted to our Canvas site. Students will keep a reading and film viewing journal and write two short comparative essays.

Canvas Site:

https://canvas.uw.edu/courses/1056311

Films

(to be screened in class; also on two-hour reserve in the Suzzallo Media Center)

 1. Vidas secas. Dir. Nelson Pereira dos Santos. NY: New Yorker Video, 1963/2005, 101 min. DVD NYV 046

 2. Deus e o diabo na terra do sol / Black God, White Devil. Dir. Glauber Rocha. Brighton, UK: Mr. Bongo Films, 1964/200?, 125 min. DVD EUR 080

 3. Pixote o lei do mais fraco. dir. Hector Babenco. NY: New Yorker Video, 1981/2001, 128 min. DVD USMISC 618

 4. A hora da estrela / The Hour of the Star. Dir. Suzana Amaral. NY: Kino on Video (1986/2005), 96 min. DVD KINO 257

  1. Cidade de Deus / City of God. Dir. Walter Salles. Burbank: Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 2003, 130 min. DVD BVHE 091
  1. Madame Sata. dir. Karim Aïnouz. NY: Wellspring Media, 2003, 105 min. DVD WELL 034
  1. Xingu.dir. Cao Hamburger. Philadelphia: Breaking Glass Pictures, 2012/2014, 103 min. DVD BGP 009
  1. Quanto vale ou e por Quilo? / What Is It Worth? dir. Sergio Bianchi

Brazil: Versatil, 2005, 108 min. In Process

  1. O lobo atrás da porta / A Wolf at the Door. dir. Fernando Coimbra

Culver City: Strand Releasing, 2013/2015, 100 min. DVD STRAN 073

  1. The Second Mother. dir. Anna Muylaert. NY: Oscilloscope Laboratories, 2015/2016, 112 min. On Order

Essays Posted on Canvas:

  1. Goldman, Karen. “Rural and Urban Brazil in Cinema Novo and Beyond: Nelson Pereira dos Santos’ Barren Lives and Suzana Amaral’s The Hour of the Star.” In Representing the Rural, eds. Catherine Fowler and Gillian Helfield. Detroit: Wayne State UP, 2006, pp. 150-166.
  1. Phillips, James. “Mimesis and Justice: The Realism of Vidas Secas.” Culture, Theory and Critique2 (2013): 183-193.
  1. Child, Benjamin. “The Magical Real and the Rural Modern in Cinema Novo: Vidas Secas and Black God, White Devil.” South Central Review1 (Spring 2014): 55-73.
  1. Johnson, Randal. “The Romance-Reportagem and the Cinema: Babenco’s ‘Lucio Flávio’ and ‘Pixote.’” Luso-Brazilian Review 24.2 (Winter 1987): 35-48.
  1. West, Dennis. “The Hour of the Star: An Interview with Suzana Amaral.” Cinéaste4 (1987): p. 45.
  1. Schroeder-Rodríguez, Paul. “After New Latin American Cinema.” Cinema Journal2 (Winter 2012): 87-112.
  1. McClennen, Sophia A. “From the Aesthetics of Hunger to the Cosmetics of Hunger in Brazilian Cinema: Meirelles’ City of God.” Symploke1-2 (2011): 95-106.
  1. Freire-Medeiros, Bianca. “ ‘I Went to the City of God’: Gringos, Guns, and the Touristic Favela.” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies: Travesia1 (2011): 21-34.
  1. Rego, Casilda M. “Brazilian Cinema since 1990.” Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas2 (2011): 204-211.
  1. Lehnen, Jeremy. “Madame Sata: Unapoligetically Queer.” Luso-Brazilian Review1 (2015): 77-94.
  1. Rajca, Andrew C. “Unraveling Normalized Rhetoric of Violence and Human Rights: the Dissensual Intervention of Sergio Bianchi’s Quanto Vale ou e por Quilo?” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies: Travesia3 (2013): 305-321.

Determination of Grades:

Reading journal                                             20%

Analytical essay 1, 5-7 pp                            30%

Analytical essay 2, 5-7 pp                            30%

Participation                                                 20%

Analytical Essays:

Students will write two 5-7-page analytical essays, including a list of works consulted, and incorporating discussion of the films and readings studied in class.

Please follow the guidelines of the MLA Handbook and of Linda Hutcheon and Nancy Kang’s “The English Critical Essay”:

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/

http://www.library.utoronto.ca/utel/language/essay.htm

Please utilize the services of the writing tutors at the Odegaard Writing and Research Center and the resources that they provide. You can make appointments with them online:

https://depts.washington.edu/owrc/signup.php

https://depts.washington.edu/owrc/docs.php

Academic Honesty:

You are responsible for understanding and observing the UW guidelines regarding academic honesty. Your written work will be submitted through Canvas, which utilizes Turnitin to detect and provide a detailed report on any instances of plagiarism. Please let me know if you have any questions about this.

Students with Disabilities:

To request accommodations due to a disability, please contact Disabled Student Services, 448 Schmitz, (206) 543-8924 ((V/TTY). If you have a letter from Disabled Student Services indicating that you have a disability that requires academic accommodations, please present the letter to me so we can discuss such accommodations.

 Calendar

Date

In class

Due today

WEEK 1

Tu 29 March

Introduction;

Film: Vidas Secas

 

Th 31 March

Article A1 Fowler

 

WEEK 2

Tu 5 April

Film: Black God, White Devil

 

Th 7 April

A2 Phillips & A3 Child

 

WEEK 3

Tu 12 April

Film: Pixote

 

Th 14 April

A4 Johnson

 

WEEK 4

Tu 19 April

Film: The Hour of the Star

 

Th 21 April

A5 West & A6 Schroeder-Rodríguez

 

WEEK 5

Tu 26 April

Film: City of God

 

Th 28 April

A7 McClennen & A8 Freire

7 pm Essay 1 - Canvas

WEEK 6

Tu 3 May

Film: Madame Sata

 

Th 5 May

A9 Rego & A10 Lehnen

 

WEEK 7

Tu 10 May

Film: Xingu

 

Th 11 May

 

 

WEEK 8

Tu 17 May

Film: How Much Is It Worth?

 

Th 19 May

A11 Rajca

7 pm Essay 2 - Canvas

WEEK 9

Tu 24 May

Film: A Wolf at the Door

 

Th 26 May

 

 

WEEK 10

Tu 31 May

Film: The Second Mother

 

Th 2 June

Conclusions

7 pm Journal - Canvas

Additional Details:

This course will provide an overview of Brazilian cinema of the past half century, beginning with the New Latin American Cinema movement of the 1960s and 70s (Nelson Pereira dos Santos’ Vidas Secas and Glauber Rocha’s Black God, White Devil), continuing with the pivotal 1980s films Pixote and Hour of the Star, foundational films about the favela and women’s issues, respectively. We will then move on to the new wave in Brazilian cinema, from roughly 2000 to the present. Among its major themes are rural and urban poverty, violence emerging from poverty and violence of the state, reassessment of Brazil’s African and indigenous roots, and acknowledgement of diverse gender and sexual identities. Films will include Motorcycle Diaries, City of God, Elite Squad, Madame Sata, Xingu, Found Memories, Neighboring Sounds, A Wolf at the Door, and The Second Mother. Some films will be screened in class, while students will watch others on Netflix or in the library. We will also read and discuss several analytical essays posted to our Canvas site. Students will keep a reading and film viewing journal and write two short comparative essays.

Department Requirements Met: 
Cinema Studies Core
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
January 10, 2018 - 9:15pm
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