The 1980s
in Popular cinema in Brazil, 1930–2001
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At the beginning of the 1980s, many of the elements that both benefited and influenced Brazilian cinema in the second half of the 1970s continued to be present, such as favourable quotas and greater freedom for filmmakers afforded by abertura or the process of political opening up. This chapter considers a number of commercially successful films, ranging from Diegues's Bye bye Brasil and Ruy Guerra's Ópera do malandro. These are considered as examples of the new approach of veteran cinema novo filmmakers to depicting popular culture and making popular cinema, to examples of the ever-popular cinema rodrigueano in the 1980s, and the so-called 'abertura naturalism' films. The chapter mentions the impact of the consolidation of the hard-core porn genre on Brazilian culture and society. In 1988, only two films reached that level, revealing the extent to which the legacy of the chanchada lived on at the Brazilian box-office.


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