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8 Ratings

The Mandarin

O Mandarim

Directed by Júlio Bressane
Brazil, 1996
Avant-Garde, Musical


The history of Brazilian popular music in the 20th Century, focusing specially on the life and works of intriguing singer Mário Reis, a loner who, with his special way of singing – whispering and softly saying the words…

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The Mandarin Directed by Júlio Bressane

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  • José Neves's rating of the film The Mandarin

    Bressane's stimulating pre-enunciation of his future path: a primitive cinema articulated with the shadows and sounds of a post-expressionism approach. In its own way, it's a film related with the sounds and visions of the German cinema from early 70's, mainly Robert van Ackeren, Schroeter or Daniel Schmid. And with the figurative freedom that Rouch brought to acting. Impressive, even if not completely accomplished.

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