CHRONICLE OF A DEATH FORETOLD (Francesco Rosi, 1987)

Based on an incident that Gabriel García Márquez recalled as having occurred in Sucre, Colombia, in 1951, and which he wrote about in his novella Cronica de una muerte anunciada, Cronaca di una morte annunciata is one of Francesco Rosi’s weakest films. Those who haven’t read the book may feel that Rosi is being needlessly […]

BRAVE NEW LAND (Lúcia Murat, 2000)

The principal woman participant in Brazil’s cinema nôvo, and a journalist and human rights activist, Lúcia Murat was imprisoned and tortured in the 1970s, by Brazil’s military dictatorship, for guerrilla activites.      Her Brava Gente Brasileira—literally, Brave Brazilian People—reaches back to 1778, approximately 245 years after Portugal first colonized Brazil. The protagonist is Diogo de Castro […]