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The Liverpool Companion to World Science Fiction Film$
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Sonja Fritzsche

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781781380383

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781380383.001.0001

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A Short History of Brazilian Science Fiction Film and its Fight for Survival in a Rarified Atmosphere1

A Short History of Brazilian Science Fiction Film and its Fight for Survival in a Rarified Atmosphere1

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(p.225) 13. A Short History of Brazilian Science Fiction Film and its Fight for Survival in a Rarified Atmosphere1
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The Liverpool Companion to World Science Fiction Film
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Alfredo Suppia

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781380383.003.0014

In contrast to the US and Europe, Brazil lacks a tradition of science fiction research and criticism. The few, short-lived film studios have invested much more in comedies or realist dramas than in monster movies or space operas. Gradually, however, this scene is changing. The Brazilian academy has directed more attention to science fiction, and Brazilian authors and artists are gaining recognition on the international stage. Moreover, the Brazilian science fiction film can be an eloquent ‘key-text’ for further readings of social, political and economic contradictions in the country, its conflicts and idiosyncrasies regarding modernization, and the particularities of the Brazilian film industry. This piece aims to provide a brief overview of Brazilian science fiction cinema, identifying its main trends, challenges, and ‘shapes of apparition’. Thus, this chapter covers a time frame, which starts in the late 1940s and ends in the late 2000s. In addition, this overview is meant to investigate some basic sources, obstacles, and influences affecting Brazilian science fiction cinema, from its beginnings to today.

Keywords:   Brazilian film, Brazilian culture, Brazilian film industry, science fiction, post-colonialism, modernization

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