Jorjamado no Cinema was produced for a television program dedicated to the writer Jorge Amado. In this documentary, Jorge Amado is filmed inside his house, encircled by his numerous family members; in a bookstore, during an autograph session of one of his books, in a cinema in Salvador, during an avant-première of the film by Nelson Pereira Dos Santos, Tenda dos Milagres, an adaptation of the book of the same title, by Jorge Amado. Glauber films his friend with much humor and affection, the camera evolves slowly without ceasing and with rapidity on the writer, his relatives, actors and actresses of the film by Nelson and objects of candomblé rituals, which represent the museum of Jorge Amado. —Tempo Glauber
“I’m very famous and pretty poor,” this ironic self-description is an effective summation of the rise and fall of Glauber Rocha. He was the most vocal and flamboyant exponent of Brazil’s Cinema Novo movement, which registered a powerful impact on 60s cinema. Its influence extended from Werner Herzog to Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, Bernardo Bertolucci, Amos Gitai and Jean-Luc Godard (who would cast Rocha as an actor in his Le Vent d’est). Rocha’s films would become rare objects when the zeitgeist of the mid-60s receded and his career would struggle after his self-exile from Brazil following its decline into dictatorship. His early death at the age of 42 left behind a body of work that ranks among the most adventurous in film history.
Glauber Rocha was born in Bahia, a region situated in the Northeastern region of Brazil. The landscape of this region and its unique culture bore an early influence on Rocha. In his career as a journalist and film critic, he would polemicize a… read more