Category Archives: Major Actresses

Using failures as stepping stones: “Nome Próprio” [2007 Brazil]

Murilo Salles co-opted author Clara Averbuck’s alter ego Camila from her groundbreaking novel (Máquina de Pinball) for his drama “Nome Próprio” [Eng. Title: Camila Jam].
Set in São Paulo, the film begins with Camila (Leandra Leal) being kicked out of … Continue reading

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Highbrow destape: “La muchacha de las bragas de oro” [1980 Spain]

If Vicente Aranda’s groundbreaking exploration of sexual identity in “Cambio de sexo” made destape (a Spanish ‘Glasnost’ of sorts during and after Dictator Franco’s final years, when censorship was relaxed) purposeful, his next feature, “La muchacha de las bragas … Continue reading

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A film review: “Palmeras en la nieve” [2015 Spain]

Fernando González Molina has made a commendable effort in recreating colonial Africa for his latest film, “Palmeras en la nieve” [Eng. Title: Palm trees in the Snow], a saga encompassing the final years of Spain’s tiny toehold in sub-Saharan … Continue reading

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A force of nature: “Gabriela, Cravo e Canela” [1983, Brazil]

Jorge Amado is one of the most revered authors from Brazil, and after phenomenal success in bringing to film his earlier novel “Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos”, director Bruno Barreto adapted yet another popular novel of his, “Gabriela, … Continue reading

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A brief film review: “Le mouton enragé” [1974 France]

Michel Deville had been a pleasant mainstream alternative to the typically highbrow intellectualism of the Nouvelle Vague exponents when it came to cinema during the sixties and seventies; his storytelling was conventional, and on the other end of the … Continue reading

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