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The History and Politics of Brazilian Film From The Beginning to 1972 Shortly after the first screening in 1895 film as an art began to proliferate in areas all over the world Now movies are carefully constructed works of art combining both the visual and aural realms of human perception When discussing the history of Brazilian film though it is impossible to separate the art of film from the social and political text of Brazils history Unlike the United States Brazil historically confronted more problems with the new art form financial difficulties affecting production and screening as well as political problems like censorship To examine where Brazilian cinema is today one must go back further than the revolutionary Cinema Novo One must begin with the Golden Age of early Brazilian film and move through the darker periods when Brazil was invaded with foreign language films Still today Brazil can not compete financially with the massive profit-hounding expertise of Hollywood The interesting result of these difficulties is the constant dialogue between Brazilian film and the Brazilian people While the United States also has its period movements the studio years the great depression films giant monster movies and anti-science - they are less focused To a certain degree censorship while ultimately destructive has actively directed the Brazilian cinematic text Brazilian filmmakers have never enjoyed the luxury of regarding themselves as apolitical p56 BC Therefore by looking at Brazils cinema history it is impossible to ignore the drama occurring behind the scenes On July 8 1896 the first Brazilian film screening was held in Rio de Janiero By 1898 Affonso Segreto began circulating films and film equipment He filmed much like Frances Lumier Brothers public events and other similarly interesting occurrences This early many Brazilian one-reel films were made and suffered very little competition from the foreign markets of Europe and the United States It wasnt until later that cinema became truly popular In 1908 or late
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