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In this paper I will discuss Brazil and its current film industry I will elucidate its role in the Brazilian economy and also what part the government deals in the industry itself Certain Brazilian films will be given as representations towards my theories Within a year of the Lumiere brothers first experiment in Paris in 1896 the cinematograph machine appeared in Rio de Janeiro Ten years later the capital boasted 22 cinema houses and the first Brazilian feature film The Stranglers by Antonio Leal had been screened From then on Brazils film industry made continuous progress and although it has never been large its output over the years has attracted international attention In 1930 still the era of the silent movie in Brazil Mario Peixotos film Limite was made Limite is a surrealistic work dealing with the conflicts raised by the human condition and how life conspires to prevent total fulfillment It was considered a landmark film in the Brazilian cinema history In 1933 Cinedia produced The Voice of Carnival the first film with Carmen Miranda This film ushered in the chanchada which dominated Brazilian cinema for many years Chanchadas were the slapstick comedies generally filled with musical numbers and thoroughly cherished by the public By the end of the 1940s Brazilian film making was becoming an industry The Vera Cruz Film Company was created in Sao Paulo with the goal of producing films of international quality It hired technicians from abroad and brought back from Europe Alberto Cavalcanti a Brazilian filmmaker with an international reputation to head the company Vera Cruz produced some important films before it closed in 1954 among them the epic O Cangaceiro which won the Best Adventure Film award at Cannes Film Festival in 1953 In the 1950s Brazilian cinema radically changed the way it made films In his 1995 film Rio 40 Graus director Nelson Pereira dos Santos employed the filmmaking techniques of Italian non realism by using ordinary
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