Brazilian literature and cinema

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1. Barren Lives (1963)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama

A poor family in the Northeast of Brazil (Fabiano, the father; Sinhá Vitória, the mother; their 2 children and a dog called Baleia) wander about the barren land searching for a better place... See full summary »

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos | Stars: Átila Iório, Maria Ribeiro, Orlando Macedo, Joffre Soares

Votes: 2,478

2. Posthumous Memories (2001)

101 min | Comedy, Drama

Free adaptation of Machado de Assis's classic. The narrator is a rich dead man, who tells us about his life and times, making fun of both.

Director: André Klotzel | Stars: Reginaldo Faria, Marcos Caruso, Petrônio Gontijo, Stepan Nercessian

Votes: 808

3. Quincas Borba (1987)

116 min | Drama

Based on a book by Machado de Assis (1839-1908) and adapted to the present time. After the death of the philosopher Quincas Borba, his friend and disciple Rubiao inherits all he possessed: ... See full summary »

Director: Roberto Santos | Stars: Adriana Abujamra, Brigitte Broder, Laura Cardoso, Harley Carneiro

Votes: 27

4. Brás Cubas (1985)

92 min | Comedy

Irreverent adaptation of great writer Machado de Assis's masterpiece "Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas" ("Brás Cubas's Posthumous Memories"). A dead man tells about his love life and ... See full summary »

Director: Júlio Bressane | Stars: Karen Acioly, Ankito, Hélio Ary, Renato Borghi

Votes: 88

5. A Missa do Galo (1982)

24 min | Short

It's Christmas Eve and country boy Nogueira wants to see the Missa do Galo ("Rooster's Mass) while he stays on his uncle house located in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's capital back ... See full summary »

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos | Stars: Nildo Parente, Isabel Ribeiro, Elza Gomes, Sergio Otero

Votes: 25

6. Que Estranha Forma de Amar (1977)

100 min | Drama, Romance

A young soldier returns from the Paraguay War and finds his betrothed married and also his secret crush equally committed to a widower who has a daughter. Things get complicated when he ... See full summary »

Director: Geraldo Vietri | Stars: Berta Zemel, Paulo Figueiredo, Dina Lisboa, Wilson Fragoso

Votes: 7

7. Confissões de Uma Viúva Moça (1976)

88 min | Comedy

In this comedy adaptation of Machado De Assis (1839-1908) novel, a young widow writes letters to a friend telling about her days as a married woman and the special relationship she had with... See full summary »

Director: Adnor Pitanga | Stars: Sandra Barsotti, José Wilker, Myriam Pérsia, Celso Faria

8. Capitu (1968)

105 min | Drama

Adaptation of Machado de Assis's classic novel "Dom Casmurro". Bentinho and Capitu are friends since childhood and end up marrying. But Bentinho destroys his life when he starts suspecting ... See full summary »

Director: Paulo César Saraceni | Stars: Isabella, Othon Bastos, Raul Cortez, Rodolfo Arena

Votes: 66

9. A Very Crazy Asylum (1970)

100 min | Comedy, Drama

A new priest comes to a Brazilian coastal town and builds an insane asylum. Eventually the whole population ends up in the asylum.

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos | Stars: Nildo Parente, Isabel Ribeiro, Arduíno Colassanti, Irene Stefânia

Votes: 123

10. Um Homem Célebre (1974)

90 min | Drama

At the beginning of the 19th century, the musician Pestana became famous in the halls of Rio de Janeiro with his popular songs. However, his greatest desire is to consecrate himself as a ... See full summary »

Director: Miguel Faria Jr. | Stars: Walmor Chagas, Marie Claude, Maria Lúcia Dahl, Ruth de Souza

Votes: 14

11. A Cartomante (1974)

83 min | Drama

The eternal love triangle in two different times. In 1871 and a hundred years later. Costumes change but the sentimental conflicts remain the same.

Director: Marcos Farias | Stars: Ivan Cândido, Maurício do Valle, Valmir Dulcetti, Jota Guerra

Votes: 24

12. Hour of the Star (1985)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

Macabea has just moved to the big city after her aunt, who raised her, died. She gets a job as a typist and moves into a boarding house with three other women. In her spare time she listens... See full summary »

Director: Suzana Amaral | Stars: Marcelia Cartaxo, José Dumont, Tamara Taxman, Fernanda Montenegro

Votes: 1,227

13. Memórias do Cárcere (1984)

185 min | Drama

Graciliano Ramos' period he spent in prison after being considered a subversive element by the government.

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos | Stars: Carlos Vereza, Glória Pires, Nildo Parente, José Dumont

Votes: 427

14. Tenda dos Milagres (1977)

132 min | Drama

The life of Pedro Arcanjo, self-taught mestizo intellectual who in the first decades of the XXth century challenged racist ideas of the School of Medicine of Bahia and highlighted the ... See full summary »

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos | Stars: Hugo Carvana, Sonia Dias, Anecy Rocha, Franca Teixeira

Votes: 129

16. Vendaval Maravilhoso (1949)

140 min | Biography, Drama, History

Castro Alves is the great poet of the black slaves' liberation, in 19th century Brazil. Eugenia Camara is the wild actress who crosses the Atlantic and finds herself torn between two loves, in a whirlwind of passion.

Director: José Leitão de Barros | Stars: Paulo Maurício, Amália Rodrigues, Barreto Poeira, Isa Lobato

Votes: 25

18. Lucíola, o Anjo Pecador (1975)

100 min | Drama

Lúcia, a prostitute, the most rich and most beautiful woman in Rio de Janeiro, a single woman, until knows Paulo. With a relationship, the both walk together on a hard way, where the court ... See full summary »

Director: Alfredo Sternheim | Stars: Helena Ramos, Michel Cohen, Oswaldo D'ávila, Aparecida de Castro

Votes: 40

19. Senhora (1976)

109 min | Drama

A beautiful and poor woman buys herself a rich husband after inheriting a great deal of money.

Director: Geraldo Vietri | Stars: Elaine Cristina, Paulo Figueiredo, Flávio Galvão, Elizabeth Hartmann

Votes: 23

20. Iracema, a Virgem dos Lábios de Mel (1979)

98 min | Adventure, Romance

The loves and life of a beautiful Brazilian Indian woman.

Director: Carlos Coimbra | Stars: Helena Ramos, Tony Correia, Carlos Koppa, Francisco Di Franco

Votes: 51

22. O Guarani (1979)

135 min | Drama, Romance

The love affair between Ceci, a white woman and a handsome Indian, Peri, in Brazil.

Director: Fauzi Mansur | Stars: David Cardoso, Dorothée Marie Bouvyer, Flávio Porto, Tony Correia

Votes: 21

23. São Bernardo (1972)

113 min | Drama

The story of Paulo Honório, a poor kid who becomes a rich farmer. Obsessed by his desire to get even richer, he doesn't pay much attention to his wife, Madalena, a teacher who reacts against his tyrannical ways.

Director: Leon Hirszman | Stars: Othon Bastos, Isabel Ribeiro, Nildo Parente, Vanda Lacerda

Votes: 408

24. The Besieged House (1956)

110 min | Drama, War

The siege of the residence of a political leader in the late 19th century, including conflicts between besieged occupants.

Directors: Walter George Durst, Cassiano Gabus Mendes | Stars: Zulmira Aguiar, Dionísio Azevedo, Jorge Azevedo, Fernando Baleroni

Votes: 35

25. Ana Terra (1971)

100 min | Drama

Family of gauchos suffer repeated attacks from bandits. After saving the life of a semi-Indian, they decide to shelter him in their own family. But he falls in love with Ana Terra, the ... See full summary »

Director: Durval Garcia | Stars: Rossana Ghessa, Geraldo Del Rey, Pereira Dias, Naide Ribas

Votes: 24

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