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Film Info
Crioulo doido

Film Information

Exhibition Title Crioulo doido
Original Title Crioulo doido
English Title Black Madness
Director Carlos Prates
Year 1970
Format Betacam
Colour B&W
Duration 63'
  • Intérpretes / Cast: Jorge Coutinho, Selma Caronezzi, Jorge Botelho, B. de Paiva, Jorge Botelho
  • Dirección / Director: Carlos Prates
  • Guión / Scriptwriter: Carlos Prates
  • Fotografía / Cinematography: Tiago Veloso
  • Edición / Editing: Gilberto Santeiro
  • Producción / Producer: Carlos Prates
  • Compañía Productora / Production Company: Sertaneja de Cinema
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In 1970, Prates shot his first film in the historic city of Sabará. The fact that the lead was a black actor –very unusual in Brazilian cinema back in those days– was the least strange thing about Crioulo doido, a local expression used to describe nonsense, delirium. As Prates himself explained, he had combined “racism with social ascent and quotes to Mizoguchi’s Ugetsu”, and made a film about Estela and Amigo da Família’s project to drive successful tailor Felisberto crazy and therefore take his money. Silent films’ elements (like simple framings, highly contrasted black and white cinematography, and intertitles, as well as exaggerated acting performances that balance between being mischievous and sarcastic), are all typical features of Prates’ work, and they appear already well crafted here in this bursting fantasy the director re-edited not long ago, cutting 17 minutes without trimming any of its fascinating ambiguity. The ambiguity that led a critic to write that Crioulo doido may very well be “local drama, a comedy about a rascal, or a Third World scientific fiction”.

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