Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Studying City of God$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Stephanie Muir

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781903663592

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781903663592.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM LIVERPOOL SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.liverpool.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Liverpool University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in LSO for personal use.date: 18 May 2022



(p.15) 1. Context
Studying City of God

Stephanie Muir

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses the historical and industrial context of City of God (2002). It examines World Cinema, Latin American cinema, Brazilian cinema, and Cinema Novo. From 1960 to 1964, the first phase of Cinema Novo established modern cinema in Brazil. It also transformed its image outside the country by reason of its critical success. Cinema Novo's image of Brazil was one of exploitation, violence, and deprivation. The chapter then details the production of City of God, from novel to screen. Anthropologist Paulo Lins, who grew up in the City of God, wrote the book on which the film was based. He began academic research on the drug dealers in the favelas and turned this into a 700-page novel. Director Fernando Meirelles then bought the film rights and wanted to make the film to bring attention to the poverty and deprivation of the slums. The ‘great international distributor’ was Miramax.

Keywords:   City of God, World Cinema, Latin American cinema, Brazilian cinema, Cinema Novo, Brazil, Paulo Lins, Fernando Meirelles, Miramax

Liverpool Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.