Friday, December 17, 2010

Rio 40 Graus (Rio 100 Degrees F.) (1955) - Nelson Pereira dos Santos

Rio 40 Graus (Rio 100 Degrees F.) (1955)

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Director and Writer: Nelson Pereira dos Santos

Video: DX50 (.avi) | 512x384 | FPS: 29 | Sound: mpga | Color: Black and White | Size: 528 MB | Runtime: 91 min | Country: Brazil | Language: Portuguese | Subtitles: Not found up to now | Genres: Drama | CDCover and Sticker incl.

Modesto De Souza, Roberto Bataglin and Jece Valadão

"Rio40ºC" is unanimously considered the single most important Brazilian film of the 1950s, one that forever changed Brazilian cinema. In a time when film production in Brazil was dreamily striving to become an "industry" controlled by big or medium-sized studios (especially Vera Cruz in São Paulo and Atlântida in Rio) with international majors (Columbia, Fox, WB, etc) getting the biggest share of profits at the distribution end, NPS had the vision and the courage to produce his first feature independently, using a cooperative system -- 59 friends shared the cost (and later the profits) along with the 76 people who worked in the film for free (or peanuts). He borrowed a defective old camera from the INC (National Institute of Cinema, now defunct), and had it fixed by DP Hélio Silva. The principal crew (15 people) lived in a two-room apartment during the shooting. How's that for idealism and commitment!


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