Brazil is a country in which the new and the old, the foreign and the indigenous, not only lie side by side but are mixed, assimilated and recreated day in day out. At the height of the 60’s, a capoeira song, played with the aggressive drive of rock’n’roll, found its way into thousands of homes, entitled ‘Sunday in the Park’. A cultural movement emerged, it being Tropicalism!
What exactly is Tropicalism? It is this question that a Portuguese TV host puts to an exiled and downbeat Caetano Veloso right at the start of Tropicalia. The director, who grew up listening to the ground-breaking sounds of Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Tom Zé, and who takes the audience on a tour into the history of one of Brazil’s most iconic cultural movements. Built up from interviews, material dug from archives, images and songs, the viewer travels through the fertile and violent years of the late 60s.
“Tropicália wasn’t a style or a movement as much as an atmosphere, a rush of youthful, cosmopolitan, liberationist optimism that broke over Brazil like a sun shower and soaked into everything: art, music, fashion, film, theater, literature” -
Technical: Origin: Brazil / Year: 2012 / Audio: Portguese with English Subtitles / Aspect: 1.78:1 / Running Time: 87 Mins / Rating: 12
Licensed from Wide Films.