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Nelson Pereira dos Santos (22 October 1928 – 21 April 2018) was a Brazilian film director. He directed films such as Vidas Secas (Barren Lives), based on the book with the same name by Brazilian writer Graciliano Ramos. He also directed Rio 40°(his first feature film) which was released in 1955. The film is a chronicle of life in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, and it influenced several other directors, spurring the Cinema Novo moment.

His most well-known film outside of Brazil is Como Era Gostoso o Meu Francês (How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman, 1971). It was entered into the 21st Berlin International Film Festival. The film takes place in the sixteenth century and details the alleged cannibalistic practices of the (now extinct) indigenous Tupinamba warrior tribe against the French and Portuguese colonizers of the Brazilian littoral. The film is something of a black comedy about European colonialism—one that makes satirical use of the Brazilian modernist trope of Antropofagia ("cultural cannibalism"), then recently revived by the Tropicalismo movement of the 1960s—as well as a bitter commentary on the historical genocide of the indigenous tribes in Latin America and the gradual destruction of their civilization.

Santos was a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters from 2006 up to his death, result of multiple organ failure, on 12 April 2018. He was 89.

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​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.  

Nelson Pereira dos Santos (22 October 1928 – 21 April 2018) was a Brazilian film director. He directed films such as Vidas Secas (Barren Lives), based on the book with the same name by Brazilian writer Graciliano Ramos. He also directed Rio 40°(his first feature film) which was released in 1955. The film is a chronicle of life in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, and it influenced several other directors, spurring the Cinema Novo moment.

His most well-known film outside of Brazil is Como Era Gostoso o Meu Francês (How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman, 1971). It was entered into the 21st Berlin International Film Festival. The film takes place in the sixteenth century and details the alleged cannibalistic practices of the (now extinct) indigenous Tupinamba warrior tribe against the French and Portuguese colonizers of the Brazilian littoral. The film is something of a black comedy about European colonialism—one that makes satirical use of the Brazilian modernist trope of Antropofagia ("cultural cannibalism"), then recently revived by the Tropicalismo movement of the 1960s—as well as a bitter commentary on the historical genocide of the indigenous tribes in Latin America and the gradual destruction of their civilization.

Santos was a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters from 2006 up to his death, result of multiple organ failure, on 12 April 2018. He was 89.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Nelson Pereira dos Santos, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 55

Birthday 1928-10-22

Day of Death 2018-04-12

Place of Birth São Paulo

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Directing TV ShowsMovies

2013 A Luz do Tom Director
2012 Music According to Tom Jobim Director
2007 Português - A Língua do Brasil Director
2006 Brasília 18% Director
2004 Raízes do Brasil Director
2001 Meu Compadre Zé Keti Director
2001 Casa Grande & Senzala Director
1995 Cinema de Lágrimas Director
1993 The Third Bank of the River Director
1986 Jubiabá Director
1984 Memories of Prison Director
1982 Insônia Director
1982 A Missa do Galo Director
1980 The Highway of Life Director
1980 Um Ladrão Director
1977 Tent of Miracles Director
1974 The Amulet of Ogum Director
1972 Who Is Beta? Director
1972 Uma Mensagem de Chico Xavier Director
1971 How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman Director
1970 A Very Crazy Asylum Director
1968 Hunger for Love Director
1967 El Justicero Director
1966 Fala Brasília Director
1964 A Seventy-Four Year-Old Fellow Director
1963 Barren Lives Director
1963 Golden Mouth Director
1961 Mandacaru Vermelho Director
1957 Rio, Zona Norte Director
1955 Rio 100 Degrees F. Director
1953 O Saci Assistant Director

Writing

2006 Brasília 18% Writer
1995 Cinema de Lágrimas Screenplay
1993 The Third Bank of the River Screenplay
1984 Memories of Prison Writer
1982 Insônia Writer
1982 A Missa do Galo Writer
1977 Tent of Miracles Writer
1974 The Amulet of Ogum Writer
1972 Who Is Beta? Writer
1971 How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman Writer
1970 A Very Crazy Asylum Screenplay
1967 El Justicero Writer
1964 A Seventy-Four Year-Old Fellow Writer
1963 Barren Lives Screenplay
1963 Golden Mouth Writer
1961 Mandacaru Vermelho Writer
1957 Rio, Zona Norte Screenplay

Acting

2016 Cinema Novo
2015 Cordilheiras no Mar: A Fúria do Fogo Bárbaro
2015 Tudo Por Amor ao Cinema
2013 Sinais de Cinza, A Peleja de Olney Contra o Dragão da Maldade
2011 Glauber Rocha em Defesa do Cinema Brasileiro
2008 Crítico
2003 Glauber o Filme, Labirinto do Brasil
2002 At the Edge of the Earth
2002 Como se Morre no Cinema as Himself
1997 Dib
1991 Que Viva Glauber!
1989 Alex Viany - Um Documentário em Vídeo as Ele mesmo
1971 Nelson Filma
1969 Jardim de Guerra
1967 Improvised and Purposeful: Cinema Novo
1961 Mandacaru Vermelho

Production

1988 Sonhei com Você Producer
1982 Go Ahead, Brazil! Assistant Production Manager
1975 As Aventuras Amorosas de um Padeiro Producer
1967 El Justicero Producer
1965 The Hour and Turn of Augusto Matraga Producer
1964 A Seventy-Four Year-Old Fellow Producer
1961 Mandacaru Vermelho Producer
1958 The Grand Moment Producer

Editing

1966 Fala Brasília Editor
1964 Maioria Absoluta Editor
1962 Barravento Editor
1962 Cinco Vezes Favela Editor
1961 Menino da Calça Branca Editor

Camera

1972 Uma Mensagem de Chico Xavier Camera Operator

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