How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman


Image courtesy of New Yorker Films

Image courtesy of New Yorker Films

Image courtesy of New Yorker Films

How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman

(Nelson Pereira dos Santos, 1971)

A Tribute to Nelson Pereira dos Santos

As the father of Brazil’s socially progressive and aesthetically daring Cinema Novo movement, Nelson Pereira dos Santos attempted to define a Brazilian national cinema through his politically engaged (and populist) body of work. This small retrospective welcomes the artist himself for two events and brings you five of his most important films. 

Via Brasil Film Series

Brazil’s contributions to the fields of music and dance are known throughout the world. But other than the occasional breakout hit, such as Black Orpheus, Central Station, or City of God, Brazilian cinema rarely receives the level of attention in North America that it deserves. This series offers you an extraordinary opportunity to tour the unique and diverse cinematic and cultural landscape that contributes to the increasing prominence of Brazil on the global (and local) scene.

Via Brasil

Via Brasil is the Wexner Center’s multidisciplinary initiative focusing on contemporary art and culture in Brazil made possible by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Sat, Apr 6, 2013 8:45 PM

How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman was dos Santos’s biggest international hit and a defining work of Cinema Novo’s tropicália phase. Set in the 16th century, the film tells the subversive story of a Frenchman captured by the native Tupinambá tribe and forced to live among them before being killed and eaten. Using a prologue that recalls Luis Buñuel, cinema verité camerawork, and historical texts, dos Santos creates an allegorical examination of savagery, anthropology, and colonialism that is as funny and erotic as it is radical. (84 mins., 35mm)

Jean Dubuffet, Vaches au pre (Cows in a meadow), 1954

Reserve your tickets now for Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection, on view through Dec 31. Learn more about the exhibition.

Artists featured in Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection

Learn more about the artists represented in Transfigurations at our dedicated website. (Educators will also find curriculum resources to support their K–12 classrooms.)