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Caro Francis (2010)

The movie is about Paulo Francis biography.


Nelson Hoineff


Nelson Hoineff (creator)
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Credited cast:
Paulo Francis Paulo Francis ... Himself (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fernando Henrique Cardoso Fernando Henrique Cardoso ... Himself
Wagner Carelli Wagner Carelli ... Himself
Boris Casoy Boris Casoy ... Himself
Ruy Castro Ruy Castro ... Himself
Hélio Costa Hélio Costa ... Himself
Luiz Erlanger Luiz Erlanger ... Himself
Sérgio Figueiredo Sérgio Figueiredo ... Himself
Lúcia Guimarães Lúcia Guimarães ... Himself
Kito Junqueira ... Himself
Gustavo Krause Gustavo Krause ... Himself
Diogo Mainardi Diogo Mainardi ... Himself
Paulo Mercadante Paulo Mercadante ... Himself
Fernanda Montenegro ... Herself
Nelson Motta Nelson Motta ... Himself


Caro Francis is a documentary about Paulo Francis who, as of the end of the 60's, transformed the Brasilian journalism. On his own way Francis denounced every day the impossibility of intelligent life in the mainstream thought - no matter which was the mainstream thought at that moment. He was aggressive, lucid and irreverent for sure. Caro Francis is a simple exercise of choosing among the multiple Francis as seen by the people who gravitated around him. The successful journalist, the tormented writer, the disappointed trotskist, the Wagner music's enthusiastic and the Carnival's popular tunes. Written by Nelson Hoineff

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new york city | interview | See All (2) »


Paulo Francis; Journalist; polemic; Manhattan connection; Journalism







Release Date:

8 January 2010 (Brazil) See more »


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BRL350 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (HD)
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References The Pink Panther (1963) See more »


Excerpts from Tristan und Isolde
Music by Richard Wagner
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Impressive documentary
2 April 2013 | by Rodrigo_AmaroSee all my reviews

I usually don't tend to enjoy Brazilian documentaries all that much due to their lack of appeal and a certain sense of being too didactic but "Caro Francis" ("Dear Francis") is a notable exception that comes across as being one of the greatest ever made in here. It's almost impossible to make a full impressive account on who Paulo Francis was, and to cover the whole legacy this great yet highly controversial journalist left to journalism but this documentary helps a lot those who seek to know more about him.

One of the many people interviewed, the writer Daniel Piza, wrote an interesting biography of Francis, and everything he presented there is present here: from Francis background, his early critical pieces as theater critic up to his rise as one of the most ferocious, vocal, strong minded and influential people from Brazil with his reports, columns in several newspapers, and later appearing on TV with an opinative sketch bringing news direct from New York, place in which he started to live and love after his exile during the Military dictatorship. The main actractives of following his life's trajectory is to get a glimpse of many of his stories, news clips (even the goofs behind the scenes, outrageously cussing in hilarious moments) and of course the comments that led to his death in 1997 when he picked a fight with a giant oil company who sued him for saying the company was corrupt. The movie pays a good deal detailing how stressful were his last moments, suffering the impacts of such lawsuit which basically brought him a fatal heart-attack.

The synonym of combative and critical journalism, but also a man of many passions, big fan of Wagner's operas and his devoted love for cats (fun surprise of the movie with plenty of good stories about his cats).

I could say better late than never that this was made but in fact, it was too late to cause much effect. Surely those who knew few about him will want to watch this but too bad it won't hit much of a new audience to present a figure from the past who left an unbeatable mark in journalism. There's no one like him in the media, no one with his class and his presence. I have vague memories of his late night appearances on TV, with a distinctive and funny voice imitated by many comedians here, which I think was enough to make me interested in watching this and perhaps even try to find his books (he has a few novels published).

Very well-made, never tiring and with a good pace, "Caro Francis" is an outstanding documentary, a positive look into a man's legacy. 9/10

P.S. in 2017: though Paulo actually didn't have much substantial proof against Petrobrás (the oil company), in the following years after his death it was evident and proved how many corruption scandals the company was involved, which includes the buying of an American refinery that didn't had profits to present.

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