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. A country in which 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’. What do you call the cultural movement that emerged? 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 did not understand English lyrics though had a passion for rock’n’roll, takes the audience on a tour through sounds and images and into the history of one of Brazil’s most iconic cultural movements. In an affectionate panorama, built up from a miscellany of references, interviews, material dug from archives, images and songs, the viewer travels through the fertile, controversial and violent years of the late 60s.
“A reaction to political oppression and cultural assimilation, Tropicalismo impacted upon all Brazilian artforms between 1968-74… Concentrates on the music of Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil and its influence both home and abroad” Empire
“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.