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Amazing footage of Rio in the 30s, the 40s, the 50s…

Carnaval de ruaYou may question the narration and its predictable cliches and prejudices, but these historic footages are true gems. Tough to choose a favorite (ok, if you insist, the 1932’s and the 1955’s are the best).

1932 – Includes a pretty disgusting scene where the narrator mentions the “infinite variety of tropical animals” found downtown, while the camera closes on a cute little Black girl. Also to be noted the comment that carioca’s resent the monopoly of the word Americans by those born in the States. Pay attention also on the explanation about the “butterfly industries” and the ornamental black and white stone pavements.

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Brazil explained in 100 images (Part 8)

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Enjoy this tour of 150 years of Brazilian history through photography and other iconography. Ten Fridays, ten pictures each. You can read the other chapters here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 9 and Part 10.

Cacilda Becker, that many consider the best Brazilian actress of all times.

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Brazil explained in 100 images (Part 7)

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Enjoy this tour of 150 years of Brazilian history through photography and other iconography. Ten Fridays, ten pictures each. You can read the other chapters here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 8 and Part 10.

Oscarito and Grande Otelo, the duo of comic artists that marked the golden days of Atlântida, the main Brazilian film producer in the 50s. Here they perform in "De Pernas pro ar", 1957.

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Reborn Mutantes

Only two Brazilian rock bands really made it abroad. Heavy-metal Sepultura and psychedelic Os Mutantes.

Os Mutantes’s success is peculiar in the fact that the band had its heyday in the late sixties and early seventies, when it was instrumental in shaping counterculture in Brazil. It was dismantled for decades, till the nineties, when it was progressively brought back to life, championed  by Kurt Cobain, Beck and David Byrne.

Initially formed by brothers Arnaldo Baptista and Sérgio Brito, and red-haired-enfant terrible singer Rita Lee, it blew the country’s mind with its experimentalism and funny, surreal performances, that mixed bridal dresses and Napoleon outfits. Their free and crazy attitude was particularly striking in the tense period of censorship and political restrictions the country faced at the time. Continue reading Reborn Mutantes