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Capitu (2008)

Screening of Capitu(2008)directed by Luiz Fernando Carvalho

Friday, May 08, 2009
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
James Bridges Theater
Melnitz Hall 1409
Los Angeles, CA 90095


Starting from two ideas by Machado de Assis – that “reality is good, but realism is worthless” and that “life is an opera bouffe interspersed with a few moments of serious music,” in Capitu Luiz Fernando Carvalho recreates Machado’s classic novel Dom Casmurro in a modern, operatic, and non-realist mode. The miniseries treats time almost as a character, mixing 21st century elements—a graffiti-covered train, an iPod, a cell phone—with a story set in the 19th-century. Its soundtrack includes classical music, samba, and rock in an innovative recreation of a tale of memory, obsession, jealousy, and betrayal. Capitu is the second work in Carvalho’s Quadrante Project, which explores Brazilian culture and the imaginary as determinant factors of national identity. It aired on Brazil’s Globo Television Network in December 2008. This is the first public screening outside of Brazil.



The director will be present to introduce the film. A reception will be offered before the screening. Please note that the films duration is around four and a half hours. Parking available in lot 3 for $9

Cost : Free and open to the public


Sponsor(s): Latin American Institute, Center for Brazilian Studies, GLOBO Universidade, Brazil

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