(Mário Peixoto, 1931)
Via Brasil presentations began unfolding across all the Wex's program areas in 2012, and will culminate in through 2014 with a major exhibition and documentary film series, a translation of film criticism, and complementary performing arts events. With Via Brasil, the Wexner Center strives to introduce our community to the unique and diverse cultural landscape that contributes to the increasing prominence of Brazil on the global arts scene.
As our film heritage becomes more and more digitized, it is harder and harder for audiences to see important films in the manner in which they were originally meant to be presented: in a theater, on film, with an audience. Film History 101 is our modest attempt to keep this tradition alive. Once a month, we'll present a selection that transcends "classic" status to that of "essential"—films that are widely recognized as among the greatest the art of moving pictures has to offer.
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.
Voted the greatest Brazilian film ever made by the Cinemateca Brasileira in 1988 and championed by Orson Welles, Sergei Eisenstein, David Bowie, and Caetano Veloso, Limite has been lost for decades. Now, thanks to the World Cinema Foundation (founded by Martin Scorsese), the restored film has regained its reputation as a landmarks of the glorious final years of silent cinema. The only film directed by novelist Mário Peixoto (then in his early 20s), Limite captures the mental states of a man and two women lost at sea in a rowboat, with their pasts conveyed via flashbacks. But more than anything else, Limite is a piece of virtuoso filmmaking, a key film in Brazilian film history, and one of the great, adventurous examples of the power of silent cinema. (114 mins., 2K DCP)
Print courtesy Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna.
$8 general public
VIA BRASIL MADE POSSIBLE BY
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Rohauer Collection Foundation
American Airlines/American Eagle
GENERAL SUPPORT FOR
THE WEXNER CENTER
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council