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Macunaima (1969)

Macunaíma (original title)
Not Rated | | Fantasy, Comedy | 1969 (Brazil)
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 ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Grande Otelo Grande Otelo ... Black Macunaíma / Macunaíma's son
Paulo José Paulo José ... White Macunaíma / Macunaíma's mother
Jardel Filho ... Venceslau Pietro Pietra
Dina Sfat ... Ci
Milton Gonçalves ... Jiguê
Rodolfo Arena Rodolfo Arena ... Maanape
Joana Fomm ... Sofara
Maria Do Rosario Maria Do Rosario ... Iquiri
Rafael de Carvalho ... Caapora
Nazareth Ohana Nazareth Ohana
Zezé Macedo Zezé Macedo
Wilza Carla Wilza Carla ... Fat Lady
Myrian Muniz Myrian Muniz ... Venceslau's wife
Edy Siqueira Edy Siqueira
Carmem Palhares Carmem Palhares
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Storyline

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. On the way, more miracles occur, but Macunaima still has the heart and mind of a child. In the Big City, he is co-opted by terrorists who enlist him in their revolutionary schemes. In the Big City he learns that nuts are not always food and other hilarious lessons of life. Written by Anonymous

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(ma-koo-na-eema) See more »

Genres:

Fantasy | Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

1969 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Jungle Freaks See more »

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Mono | Dolby Digital (re-issue)| Dolby SR (re-issue)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Venceslau Pietro Pietra: [Macunaíma revealed his disguise as a woman] You're a dude? I don't hold prejudices. Come here!
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Soundtracks

Ceci e Peri
(Príncipe Valente)
Performed by Dalva de Oliveira
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Andrade's widely suppressed post-Imperial anti-Cannibalism fable
20 December 2000 | by scorsese2See all my reviews

I first saw Macunaima in a World Cinema class here at Rutgers University. The film is about a native Brazilian born fully grown as he is depicted as defecated more than born, a dark Black baby to a White mother and all White siblings.Macunaima faces the harsh reality of his color, as he picks out the scraps a pig's end trails as his brothers eat the succulent flesh.He then finds a well which spurts water which turns him White, in a fantastically colorful sequence, Macunaima revels in his new color, as it changes his life and opens doors of opportunity to metropolitan Sao Paulo as he meets a guerrilla assassin femme fatale with whom he bares a Black child. She is killed, he seeks to avenge her death and realizes being White isn't all its cracked up to be. Macunaima has to wrangle with blood sucking neocolonialists. Despite its serious subject matter, Macunaima creates a carnivalesque atmosphere, light hearted wit and sexy mystique that defines Brazil


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