Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Brazilian docudrama: “City of God”, “Carandiru” and “Elite Squad”
by Abreu, Aida Penna Campos, Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009, 162; 3366477
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation examines the fiction films Cidade de Deus (2002), Carandiru (2003) and Tropa de elite (2007) that can be read as docudramas. With the blend of characteristics taken from documentaries of social representation and melodrama, docudrama claims proximity to actuality and contributes to a new interpretation and representation of events in a given society. Therefore, there is a higher responsibility to accuracy and to truth than in fiction films. To understand the term “docudrama,” the work of Steven Lipkin is studied. Chapter 1 proposes the definition of the term “docudrama” based on a historical survey of documentary. Chapter 2 contextualizes and discusses the films and their literary sources Cidade de Deus (1997), Estação Carandiru (1999) and Elite da tropa (2005), within the history of Brazilian film industry and its relationship to Cinema Novo. Finally, chapter 3 addresses the relationship between Brazilian cinema and the popular culture phenomenon in the Brazilian social and economic contexts.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rector, Monica
Commitee: Anderson, Robert, Clark, Fred, Estrada, Oswaldo, Vernon, Richard
School: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Department: Romance Languages
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: DAI-A 70/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Modern literature, Latin American literature, Film studies
Keywords: Brazil, Brazilian cinema, Class, Docudrama, Documentary, Identity, Racism in Brazil
Publication Number: 3366477
ISBN: 9781109277647
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