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How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman (1971)

Como Era Gostoso o Meu Francês (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy | 16 April 1973 (USA)
In 1594 in Brazil, the Tupinambás Indians are friends of the French and their enemies are the Tupiniquins, friends of the Portuguese. A Frenchman (Arduíno Colassanti) is captured by the ... See full summary »

Writers:

Humberto Mauro (Tupi dialogue), Nelson Pereira dos Santos
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Credited cast:
Arduíno Colassanti Arduíno Colassanti ... The Frenchman
Ana Maria Magalhães ... Seboipepe
Eduardo Imbassahy Filho Eduardo Imbassahy Filho ... Cunhambebe
Manfredo Colassanti Manfredo Colassanti ... The tradesman
José Kléber José Kléber ... Ipiraguaçu
Gabriel Archanjo Gabriel Archanjo ... Mbiratata
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gabriel Araújo Gabriel Araújo
Marlete Ribeiro Barbosa Marlete Ribeiro Barbosa
Ana Batista Ana Batista
João Amaro Batista João Amaro Batista
Heloisa de Carvalho Heloisa de Carvalho
Jorge Rodrigues da Silva Jorge Rodrigues da Silva
Rose de Carvalho Rose de Carvalho
Gildete Dos Santos Gildete Dos Santos
Lidia Maria Dos Santos Lidia Maria Dos Santos
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In 1594 in Brazil, the Tupinambás Indians are friends of the French and their enemies are the Tupiniquins, friends of the Portuguese. A Frenchman (Arduíno Colassanti) is captured by the Tupinambás and, in spite of his trial to convince them that he is French, they believe he is Portuguese. The Frenchman becomes their slave, and maritally lives with Seboipepe (Ana Maria Magalhães). *Contains Spoilers* Later, he uses powder in the cannons that the Portuguese left behind to defeat the Tupiniquins in a battle. In order to celebrate the victory, the Indians decide to eat him. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The Beginning of the Exploitation of Brazil

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

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Nearly all dialogue is written and spoken in the original native Brazilian Indian language Tupi, as translated by the celebrated Brazilian pioneer filmmaker Humberto Mauro. See more »

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This is a film once seen - you'll never forget it.
23 July 2001 | by raybeaSee all my reviews

Why have I never heard of this remarkable film before? It is totally riveting, engrossing. A Frenchman is captured by an Indian tribe in coastal Brazil not so long after Columbus discovered the New World. He is taken as a slave into the village, given a beautiful girl (widow of a warrior he had killed) as his wife, and told that in eight months they will eat him.

The growth of his relationship with the tribe and his native bride, and his acceptance of their ways - while still desperately searching for ways to escape - are spellbinding. This is authentically done, so no-one in the movie wears much more than a string of beads. But you quickly realise how superficial clothes are, and before long you cease noticing that no-one is wearing any. As for the climax - oh boy....


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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Tupi | French | Portuguese

Release Date:

16 April 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman See more »

Filming Locations:

Paraty, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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