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O Amor Natural

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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). <P> The erotic poems of Carlos Drummond de Andrade, a household name in Brazil, remained unpublished during his lifetime, as he feared they would be deemed pornographic. In this celebration of his poetry and sensual vision, elderly residents of Rio read his poems and comment on their graphic, voluptuous imagery with tremendous candor and enthusiasm. "We're old. We're not dead!" interjects one reader, as memories of stolen pleasures and bittersweet melancholy unfold. Says filmmaker Heddy Honigmann: "The poems sometimes functioned as a kind of corkscrew, sometimes as a glass of water, sometimes as a glass of brandy."

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An idiosyncratic homage to Brazil's most beloved poet. A lovely film! --The Village Voice

Approaching literature not through critical analysis but through its effect on everyday people - in this case, elderly Brazilians gamely reciting the poet's voluptuous verses - this warm, simple film uncovers a rich vein of ageless, grassroots sensuality and joie de vivre. --Variety

A touching fresco of art, memory and desire. --Chicago Tribune

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  • Actors: Carlos Drummond de Andrade
  • Directors: Heddy Honigmann
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • 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: Icarus Films
  • DVD Release Date: February 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0031REQGI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,949 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert on February 11, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "clark" 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ondaalta on February 22, 2008
Format: DVD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jordano Quaglia on January 26, 2009
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Natasha Gerson on April 2, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
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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