In conjunction with the exhibition Tropicália: A Revolution in Brazilian Culture (October 22, 2005 – January 8, 2006), the MCA presents an exciting series of concerts, performances, and film screenings. The Tropicália movement was brief but lasting, transforming Brazilian culture and inspiring generations of artists, performers, and musicians. In addition to the World Music Festival performances of Orquestra Imperial with Seu Jorge, and Dominico +2 with On Fillmore and the Chicago Human Rhythm Project with Vatá Tap, the MCA presents several other Brazilian performances.
Tropicália Film Series: Essential Cinema from Brazil
October 23 – November 13
• The Red Light Bandit (O Bandido da Luz Vermelha)
Sunday, October 30, 5 pm
A famous underground film about the underworld– thieves, addicts, smugglers, con artists, and artists– this genre-bending B-film homage is, in the director’s words, “a western about the Third World.” Directed by Rogerio Sganzerla, 1968. 68 min.
Sunday, November 6, 5 pm
This rarely seen icon of Tropicalist cinema is an epic fantasy that follows a man-child born fully grown in the jungle who journeys to the big city. More than a raucous comedy, it is also an acidic commentary on struggles of race and class in Brazil. Directed by Joaquim Pedro de Andrade, 1969. 100 min.
• Land in Anguish (Terra em Transe)
Sunday, November 13, 5 pm
One of the essential political films of the 1960s, this operatic spectacle of beauty, anger, and eloquence follows a radical poet-journalist caught in upheaval in the mythic republic of Eldorado. Directed by Glauber Rocha, 1966. 112 min.