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O Amor Natural

4.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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O AMOR NATURAL is a documentary film about the erotic poetry of one of the greatest Latin American poets of the 20th century, the Brazilian CARLOS DRUMMOND DE ANDRADE (1902-1987). Visiting the beaches and streets of Rio de Janeiro, filmmaker Heddy Honigmann approaches elderly men and women and asks them to read some of Drummond's explicit verses ("Love guide my verse, and as it guides/wed, soul and desire, member and vulva."), triggering reminiscences the likes of which younger souls rarely hear from their grandparents.

An ode to physical love, through humor and solemnity, through bluntness and tenderness; through melancholy, O AMOR NATURAL is a virile and comforting film with moving, funny, taboo breaking narratives about one of the wonders of creation.

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More remarkable than the poetry itself is the excited reaction it inspires in the interviewees. That such a documentary could be made in the United States is unthinkable. --New York Press

A deceptively simple approach to the erotic poetry of Brazil's cherished laureate. As surprising as it is moving. --LA Weekly

This warm, simple film uncovers a rich vein of ageless, grassroots sensuality and joie de vivre. --Variety

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Product Details

  • Actors: Carlos Drummond De Andrade
  • Directors: Heddy Honigmann
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: FIRST RUN FEATURES
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000U95NAS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,013 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This funny, charming and beautiful little film shares with you the lovely words of Brazilian poet Carlos Drummond de Andrade and the passionate people of his country. Drummond was a respected poet before his death, but his works of erotic poetry, which we published posthumously per his request, cast him in a whole new light and won him many new fans. This film shows older Brazilians reading selections of his work and sharing their own tales of sexual exploits - with humor and surprising honesty. It at once offers a glimpse of the Brazil everyone knows (the sensual, passionate, Carnaval-loving Brazil) and the human, sensitive side that most people never see. O Amor Natural celebrates the power of love, sex and language. I suggest watching it with someone you love.
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By A Customer on December 13, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
After his death in the 1987, the Brazilian poet Carlos Drummondde Andrade was discovered to have left an unpublished body of eroticpoetry. Heddy Honigmann seized on the brilliant idea to have citizens of Rio Janeiro read the recently available poems out loud in front of the camera. These people are very open and insightful; I don't know how Honigmann found them. Perhaps this is just how Brazilians are.
Honigmann is, I believe, the woman whose voice we hear off camera throughout the documentary, a Dutch woman with excellent Portuguese. She comes on camera in the final sequence to read a peom.
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This documentary brings a very original approach to Carlos Drummond de Andrade's erotic poetry book "O AMOR NATURAL". Heddy Honigmann's film allow us to apreciate how much the poet is still loved by brazilian people. Many of the interviewed readers are anonymous citizens from the streets of Rio de Janeiro, there are also some talented and well known actors from Brazil, like Maria Clara Machado, Sérgio Vioti and Joana Fomm. The documentary itself isn't quite exact (Carlos Drummond de Andrade did want to publish O Amor Natural but he died before). Subtitle translations sucks with many errors, but you won't miss the real meaning. It is a very good movie to watch more than once, and you'll laugh a lot with good poetry.
Unfortunately producer Peter Van Hustee never payed copyrights for Carlos Drummond de Andrade's work. Try a preview in YouTube...
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Drumond de Andrade in his private-erotic times created this set of poems that deal with love and which are told by elderly people who remind us that we are getting older, nonetheless our dreams and desires are alive and we are still in search of eternal love. Great doc-movie.
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Hedy Honigmann is one of my favorite documentary makers. From an interview with her I destilled one of my life mottoes: 'Cynicism is deadly'. With this film, which I went to see with my grandmother, at the time in her late eighties but as bubbly and candid as the Brazilian oldtimers in the film, Honigmann introduced me to the writings of Carlos Drummond d'Andrade, and I'm thankful to her. I wish I could get the film on DVD now, but alas. Also the poems are not widely available. In Portugese, if you're lucky. In English? Haven't found them, though several occasions I would have liked to share them. In Dutch, when the film came out, brilliantly translated by Pessoa-translator August Willemsen. But, sadly, now not in print and hardly available second hand, as no-one who has them seems to want to part with them. So if you have NTSC video, buy this film, and enjoy the vibrant work of Honigmann on the vibrant work of Drummond d'Andrade... you wont regret the buy. Honigmann's other films, such as on buskers in the Parisian metro, are very much recommended also
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