Mário Rodrigues Breves Peixoto (1908 — 1992) was mainly known for his first and only film Limite, a silent experimental movie filmed in 1930 and first exhibited in 1931. Peixoto wrote, directed and took up a minor role in the film. Its musical score include Eric Satie, Claude Debussy, Alexander Borodin, Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Prokofiev and César Franck.
The single-handedly achievement of a member of the well-to-do élite of 1920s Brazil, Limite became over the years almost a myth – its only copy being almost lost during the 1950s, were it not to be restored thanks to the personal efforts of two 1970s critics – and the object of various legends, many of them put into circulation by Peixoto himself. One such legend referred to a bogus complimentary article about the film (“A film from South America”), that had supposedly been written by Sergei Eisenstein and published, in English translation, in the trendy Londoner magazine Tatler. Only after Peixoto admmited… read more