Documentários brasileiros entre 1950 e 1999

by Spectowsky | created - 23 Oct 2019 | updated - 23 Oct 2019 | Public

Breve lista de documentários relevantes para entender o Brasil e sua formação neste período.

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1. Lacrimosa (1970)

12 min | Short, Documentary

This documentary takes us on a ride through Marginal Tietê, an important avenue in São Paulo, Brazil, then recently opened to the public. The places it crosses and the people living nearby ... See full summary »

Director: Aloysio Raulino

Votes: 35

2. The Mighty Spirit (1999)

80 min | Documentary

Residents of a slum in Rio de Janeiro are invited to share religious experiences and personal beliefs while reflecting about their daily lives.

Director: Eduardo Coutinho

Votes: 231

3. Couro de Gato (1962)

12 min | Documentary, Short

A few weeks before Carnival, slum boys organize huntings for stray cats, whose leather can be used in Samba percussion instruments, like the Tamborim, a small drum.

Director: Joaquim Pedro de Andrade | Stars: Paulinho, Riva Nimitz, Henrique César, Milton Gonçalves

Votes: 194

4. Nós Que Aqui Estamos por Vós Esperamos (1999)

73 min | Documentary

A fascinating and poetical collage of countless images from the 20th century with the purpose of revealing matters of life and death during the era and its many social, cultural and ... See full summary »

Director: Marcelo Masagão | Star: Franz Reichelt

Votes: 725

5. Jango (1984)

115 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The story of João "Jango" Goulart, the Brazilian left-wing president deposed by the military.

Director: Silvio Tendler | Stars: Leonel Brizola, João Goulart, Juscelino Kubitschek, Carlos Lacerda

Votes: 168

6. Tigrero: A Film That Was Never Made (1994)

75 min | Documentary, Drama

In 1993, Sam Fuller takes Jim Jarmusch on a trip into Brazil's Mato Grosso, up the River Araguaia to the village of Santa Isabel Do Morro, where 40 years before, Zanuck had sent Fuller to ... See full summary »

Director: Mika Kaurismäki | Stars: Samuel Fuller, Jim Jarmusch

Votes: 378

7. Saravah (1972)

100 min | Documentary

Documentary about Brazilian music circa 1969, with extremely rare scenes, such as the only color footage of Pixinguinha, images of João da Baiana, one of the fathers of Samba, Maria ... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Barouh | Stars: Maria Bethânia, João da Baiana, Paulinho da Viola, Raul de Souza

Votes: 51

8. Boca de Lixo (1993)

50 min | Documentary

The daily routine of poor people of Itaoca, São Gonçalo, state of Rio de Janeiro, who make a living out of revolving garbage.

Director: Eduardo Coutinho

Votes: 117

9. Aruanda (1960)

20 min | Documentary, Short

The real story of Quilombo Olho d'Água da Serra do Talhado, in the State of Paraíba, Brazil, which became institutionally isolated from the rest of the country. Quilombos were runaway slave... See full summary »

Director: Linduarte Noronha

Votes: 132

10. ABC da Greve (1990)

75 min | Documentary

A detailed look at the events that led to the continuous strikes that shut down many factories during the still repressive days of the military regime. The workers union, led by syndicalist... See full summary »

Director: Leon Hirszman | Stars: Lélia Abramo, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Vinicius de Moraes, Ferreira Gullar

Votes: 162

11. Copa 78 - O Poder do Futebol (1979)

90 min | Documentary, Sport

Documentary about the Football World Cup held in Argentina in 1978, focusing on the competition and behind the scenes of the most important soccer competition in the world.

Directors: Maurício Sherman, Victor di Mello | Stars: Mario Kempes, César Luis Menotti, Zico, Rivelino

Votes: 20

12. A Star Named Ayrton Senna (1998 Video)

112 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

The Official Film of Brazil's greatest Formula One driver, Ayrton Senna, who's sudden death in the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix sent shock waves around the World. It cemented his reputation ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Claude Guiter | Stars: Jean Alesi, Martin Brundle, Juan Manuel Fangio, Alain Prost

Votes: 72

13. Maranhão 66 (1966)

10 min | Short, Documentary

In 1966, José Sarney was elected governor of Maranhão for the first time. To register his inauguration speech and his political pledge to the population of the state, the politician invited... See full summary »

Director: Glauber Rocha

Votes: 178

14. Leonardo Pareja (1996)

117 min | Documentary

Documentary about Brazilian criminal Leonardo Pareja, with interviews with Pareja himself, his adoptive mother and several interns at Cepaigo penitentiary, where Pareja did time.

Director: Regis Faria | Stars: Milhem Cortaz, Reginaldo Faria, Otávio Müller, Hitler Mussolini de Moura Pacheco

Votes: 15

15. Babilônia 2000 (1999)

80 min | Documentary

Documentary on poor people living in two slums in Rio de Janeiro, on the occasion of New Year's Eve.

Director: Eduardo Coutinho

Votes: 217

16. A Caminho das Índias (1979)

95 min | Documentary

The small Brazilian town of Trancoso--its people and their way of life--becomes the subject of this documentary.

Directors: Isa Castro, Augusto Sevá | Stars: Manfredo Bahia, Índio Ezequiel, Célia Maracajá, José Celso Martinez Corrêa

Votes: 10

17. Maioria Absoluta (1964)

20 min | Documentary, Short

Statistics, interviews and historical information on illiteracy and inequality in land distribution in Brazil's countryside.

Director: Leon Hirszman

Votes: 88

18. An Avenue Called Brazil (1989)

85 min | Documentary

Documentary about the avenue (Avenida Brasil) that is the main access to Rio de Janeiro, crossing very poor and violent suburbs.

Director: Octávio Bezerra | Stars: Emmanuel Cavalcanti, Macsuara Kadiweu, Afonso Soares

Votes: 28

19. O Velho: A História de Luiz Carlos Prestes (1997)

105 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Brazil's history during the 20th Century serves as a background to Luiz Carlos Prestes's curious course. The Knight of Hope, as he was known, took part in the epic march of rebellious ... See full summary »

Director: Toni Venturi | Stars: Jorge Amado, Olga Benario, Arthur Bernardes, Leonel Brizola

Votes: 108

20. Arraial do Cabo (1960)

17 min | Documentary, Short

In the brazilian city of Arraial do Cabo, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, fishermen struggle to sustain their community. A big industry installs in town, changing the way and the culture of this small village.

Directors: Mário Carneiro, Paulo César Saraceni

Votes: 44

21. Tudo É Brasil (1997)

82 min | Documentary

A film essay about Brazil discovered through Orson Welles eyes during the shooting of It's All True.

Director: Rogério Sganzerla | Stars: Ary Barroso, Linda Batista, Dorival Caymmi, Dalva de Oliveira

Votes: 55

23. Lavra Dor (1968)

11 min | Documentary, Short

A debate about the agrarian reform in Brazil, in free and poetic form, showing the countrymen's struggles and hardships, and rural unionism issues after the military coup, kind of a ... See full summary »

Directors: Paulo Rufino, Ana Carolina | Stars: Francisco Martins, Joffre Soares

Votes: 16

24. Senta a Pua! (1999)

112 min | Documentary

The saga of the First Group of Fighter Aviation of Brazil, which took part in the Second World War in the Italian skies, told by their own pilots. There are 23 interviews with veterans and ... See full summary »

Director: Erik de Castro

Votes: 106

25. Terra para Rose (1987)

84 min | Documentary

Documentary about the oppression of a group of a thousand families who invaded Anoni Farm, a farm in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, in 1985, and their leader, Rose, a woman ... See full summary »

Director: Tetê Moraes | Stars: Bolívar Anoni, Cerly, Dante de Oliveira, Ema

Votes: 37

26. Braços Cruzados, Máquinas Paradas (1979)

76 min | Documentary

São Paulo, 1978. Three slates vie for leadership of the Metalworkers' Union of São Paulo, the largest in Latin America, with 300,000 members, and chaired by a "pelego" (aligned with the ... See full summary »

Directors: Roberto Gervitz, Sergio Toledo | Star: Othon Bastos

Votes: 23

27. O País de São Saruê (1971)

80 min | Documentary

Documentary about a region in Northeast Brazil, situated in an area subject to severe drought, and the evolution of its economic activities.

Director: Vladimir Carvalho | Stars: Paulo Pontes, Echio Reis

Votes: 78

28. O Porto de Santos (1978)

19 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Aloysio Raulino

Votes: 28

29. O Gigante, a Hora e a Vez do Cinegrafista (1969)

90 min | Documentary

Compilation of images by cameraman William Gericke (credited as producer and cinematographer), who for 50 years traveled around Brazil and recorded some rare images of the country's history in the 20th century.

Director: Mário Civelli | Stars: Vicente Leporace, Cândido Mariano da Silva Rondon, Getúlio Vargas

Votes: 8

31. O Sonho de Rose - 10 Anos Depois (2000)

92 min | Documentary

Documentary depicting what happened to the characters in the film Terra para Rose, made by the same director. Shows the life of some 1500 families of landless rural laborers who, for the ... See full summary »

Director: Tetê Moraes | Star: Lucélia Santos

Votes: 52

32. O Som, ou Tratado de Harmonia (1984)

Documentary, Short

[The Sound, or Treatise on Harmony] (1984) - 35mm - 16 min.

A film about the desire of listening. An intermingling of voices from childhood, dreams, history, sex and politics. A visual ... See full synopsis »

Director: Arthur Omar

Votes: 10

33. O Evangelho Segundo Teotônio (1984)

90 min | Documentary

The political course of Brazilian Senator Teotônio Vilela, nicknamed "O Menestrel das Alagoas" (The Minstrel from Alagoas), since he was from the State of Alagoas. He was one of the most ... See full summary »

Director: Vladimir Carvalho | Stars: Miguel Arraes, Leonel Brizola, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Carlos Castelo Branco

Votes: 16

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