Film, Comedy

Time Out says

De Andrade's film has a plot of fairytale simplicity. Macunaima, born black and middle-aged in the Brazilian jungle, turns into a young white on his way to the city. There, he and his stooge-like brothers, wide-eyed but their native shrewdness still intact, are buffeted around by the Marx Brothers-type logic that dominates the plot, while the film takes constant delight in visual incongruities. Macunaima takes up with a girl revolutionary, but she is killed by her own time bomb; the villain is the local industrial magnate, the Cannibal Giant, who feeds his guests to man-eating fish. The film, the introduction tells us, is about consumerism as cannibalism, about a Brazilian devoured by Brazil. It's a bizarre and often very funny comedy that applies its central thesis with unerring accuracy.


Release details

108 mins

Cast and crew

Joaquim Pedro de Andrade
Joaquim Pedro de Andrade
Grande Otélo
Paulo José
Dina Sfat
Milton Gonçalves
Rodolfo Arena
Jardel Filho
Joana Fomm
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