De Andrade directed a short documentary for German television, Improvisiert und Zielbewust (Cinema Novo, 1967), about the national film movement of which he was a part. Observing directors Glauber Rocha, Carlos Diegues, Domingos Oliveira, Arnaldo Jabor and Leon Hirszman at work on their new projects, the film reveals the Cinema Novo process of transforming “a camera in your hand and an idea in your head” to a film in the theatre. Though it is de Andrade’s most pedestrian film in terms of form and content, it is a valuable moving image counterpart to Cinema Novo’s many written manifestoes outlining their mission, as the narration says, of “discovering Brazilian reality”. —Senses of Cinema
The five features and nine shorts made by Joaquim Pedro de Andrade constitute one of the major oeuvres of Brazil’s Cinema Novo. Their poetics are a shock to the system: playful, lewd, spontaneous, courting controversy, juggling contradictions, panegyrical even in their condemnations, and entirely political.
Brazilian cinema today looks provincial and pallid compared with the exuberance and overabundance of Cinema Novo, which aligned itself with the late-Sixties cultural ferment known as Tropicalism.
Mixing indigenous customs and forms with whatever was fresh from here, there, and everywhere, Tropicalism was a sensual pop-art movement in which polymorphous perversion and social subversion ran wild. Its roots lay in the modernist Anthropophagy movement of the Twenties, which sought to define Brazilian culture in terms of eclecticism, experimentation, mutation, and heterogeneous collectivity, while refuting Western classicism, linear development, and realism—in other words… read more
Un interesante documental de Joaquim Pedro de Andrade, que representa una oportunidad, como pocas, de ver en acción a cinco pilares del llamado "Cinema novo brasileiro", directores y colegas de la talla de Glauber Rocha, Carlos DIegues, Nelson Perereira Dos Santos, Arnaldo Jabor y el alemán radicado en Brasil, Leon Hirzman, en esta especie de Detras de camaras de algunos de sus grandes clasicos de los años sesenta.