Brazilian ingenues

Lelita Rosa and Carlos Modesto in “Barro Humano”/Human Mud (1927/29)

Brazil had its own ingenues – national versions of the naïf but sexy leading ladies that Hollywood made famous in the first decades of film making. If the US had Claudette Colbert and Clara Bow, Brazil had Lelita Rosa, Didi Vianna and Tamar Moema, who starred Humberto Mauro’s movies in the twenties and thirties. Considered the greatest Brazilian early film maker, Mauro directed “Ganga Bruta”, “Brasa Dormida” and 12 other movies.

Check here his muses’ performances:

Lelita Rosa

Didi Vianna

Tamar Moema