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Studying City of God$
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Stephanie Muir

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781903663592

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781903663592.001.0001

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

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781903663592.003.0002

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

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