Cinema According to Nelson Pereira dos Santos: Vidas Secas & Boca de Ouro

Cinema According to Nelson Pereira dos Santos: Vidas Secas & Boca de Ouro

1963 films by director Nelson Pereira dos Santos

Monday, May 06, 2013
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Billy Wilder Theater (Hammer Museum)
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024


Barren Lives (Vidas Secas) (1963)

A foundational film of Cinema Novo, Vidas Secas follows the struggle of a migrant family for work and dignity in the midst of a devastating drought in Northeastern Brazil. As in the 1938 novel by Graciliano Ramos on which its based, dos Santos' adaptation takes up, in turn, the perspective of each family member, including the dog, to build a heart wrenching kaleidoscopic vision of grinding rural poverty, economic injustice and a harsh natural world.

100 min | In Portuguese with English Subtitles 


Gold Mouth (Boca de Ouro) (1963)

The story of a notorious murder, assumed to be the work of Rio's most infamous gangster, "Boca de Ouro," is recounted Rashomon-style by the gangster's girlfriend to a journalist writing the crime lord's obituary. Based on a novel by a reactionary author, Boca de Ouro was a commercial assignment that the leftist dos Santos nevertheless adapted into a pulpy expression of populist urban mythology.

100 min | In Portuguese with English Subtitles 


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Cost: $10.00

Special Instructions

Parking is available in the lot under the Billy Wilder Theater. Enter from Westwood Blvd., just north of Wilshire. Parking for people with disabilities is provided on levels P1 and P3. Mon-Fri: After 6 p.m.: $3.00 flat rate. Mon-Fri: Before 6 p.m.: $3.00 for first 3 hours with Museum validation and $1.50 per 15 minutes thereafter. To obtain validation stamp show your ticket stub at the security desk in the Wilshire Lobby. Sat-Sun: $3.00 flat rate.

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Magaly Lopez Tel: 310-825-4571

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Sponsor(s): Latin American Institute, Center for Brazilian Studies, Film and Television Archive, Consulate General of Brazil- Los Angeles