Bye Bye Brazil
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The journey is a sad one as it in part traces the ecological damage being done to Brazil by rapid industrialization and the damage done to the small backwoods towns and to the native Brazilians -- the "Indians." But it is always an interesting story because it also traces the emotional development of a young man with an obsessive love complex into a mature young family man. Dr. Patrick L. Cooney, Ph.D. sociology
Bye Bye Brazil is Carlos Diegues's 1979 metaphorical goodbye to a country in the process of extinction. Exotic, exuberant, and often very moving, it is a mixture of primitivism and progress, social commentary dressed up as a comic bon voyage to old Brazil (and Old World entertainment) where TV, sex, disco and booze are fast squeezing out the simple miracles of life. Beautifully directed by Diegues and with music by Chico Buarque, Caravan Rolidei with its festively painted 2 ton truck rolls across the backlands of Brazil capturing real people and places of the time. Be amazed as Gypsy Lord makes it snow so Brazil is just like all the great first world nations. Listen as he reassures the poor campesinos that there is a place where it's always green and the young never lose their strength. In the end Gypsy Lord and Salome the Rhumba Queen (who, Ladies and Gentlemen, has slept with American Presidents!) drive off to Altamira as the sun rises yet again on command. Para Vigo Me Voy!
And what is that? The tv! Where they see the dreaded tv antennas, they know it's time to move on. So they do.
This is a very touching film about the trials and tribulations of being a travelling performer--a tough life, but one that they would never give up. I can't imagine any of these people holding down an ordinary job. So naturally, I came to empathize with them to a surprising degree. By the end, they all seemed like old friends of mine.
Exotic comedy drama with a touch of magic realism via Garcia Marquez. Don't miss it!
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We went to see this based on Siskel and Ebert's review and loved it. I still recall that magical scene with the snow! So pleased it is on DVD - can't wait to watch it again!Published 14 months ago by Leslie
Bye Bye Brasil (Carlos Diegues, 1979)
Roger Ebert gave out far more four-star reviews than I give five-star reviews (he rated on a four-star scale). Read more
So interesting to see a film depicting the life, traditions, habits and ways of living and earning a living as well as the culture.Published on May 21, 2013 by E T LAMMING
I don't understand how people rated this movie high! It has nothing absolute waste of time...Published on November 9, 2008 by M. ravasizadeh
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