Our story begins with Macunaima’s miraculous birth to an old woman in a tiny jungle settlement. Born full grown, he discovers his life’s purpose which leads him and his family/followers on a journey to the Big City.
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In spite of some formal confusion (which, incidentally, is the proper and logical subject of the film's delirium program) what is filmed here is with such disdain and daring, as figuration and metaphor about a newly formed dictatorship, that is to rare for disdain. From texts and concepts of Mário and Oswald de Andrade, a permanent happening in which surrealism finds its the best port and "good taste" gets lost.