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Brazilian Women's FilmmakingFrom Dictatorship to Democracy$
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Leslie L. Marsh

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037252

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037252.001.0001

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Rescreening the Past

Rescreening the Past

The Politics of Memory in Brazilian Women’s Filmmaking of the 1980s

(p.88) 3 Rescreening the Past
Brazilian Women's Filmmaking

Leslie L. Marsh

University of Illinois Press

This chapter looks at Tizuka Yamasaki, another “offspring” of Cinema Novo directors and one of the first women filmmakers to establish a continuous career trajectory in filmmaking. Yamasaki, who claims she inaugurated a “cinema of emotion” in the 1980s, strategically turned to melodrama to comment on Brazil's past in an effort not only to address lacunae in official versions of Brazil's history but also to contribute discursively to a process of redefining citizenship during the years of political opening before the official end of the military dictatorship. The chapter then studies Yamasaki's first, highly acclaimed films from the 1980s, including Gaijin: Os Caminhos da Liberdade (Gaijin: Paths to Freedom, 1980), Parahyba, Mulher Macho (Parahyba, Manly Woman, 1983), and Patriamada (Sing, the Beloved Country, 1984).

Keywords:   Tizuka Yamasaki, cinema, emotion, melodrama, citizenship, military dictatorship

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