Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media


Cinema and Its Intermedial Passages to Reality: The Case of the Árido Movie

Samuel Paiva


Abstract: This article examines the development process of the documentary film Passages: Travelling in and out of Film through Brazilian Geography(Lúcia Nagib and Samuel Paiva, 2019) that emerged from a research project on intermediality and cinema. Passages uses an intermedial perspective to approach films which have been produced in Recife and São Paulo since the beginning of the Retomada do Cinema Brasileiro (Brazilian Film Revival) in the mid-1990s, and analyses their connections with other media. Particular focus is given to works created in Recife within the Árido Movie movement, such as Baile perfumado (Perfumed Ball, Paulo Caldas and Lírio Ferreira, 1996), which unveils a whole set of intermedial connections between cinema and music.


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