Carlos Diegues

Carlos Diegues – Um Trem para as Estrelas AKA Subway to the Stars (1987)

A moody, noirish film that explores both personal loss and social disintegration in present-day Rio de Janeiro. After his girlfriend disappears with no explanation, saxophonist Vinicius scours the city’s underworld in an attempt to find her. His pleas for help go unanswered by officials and the girl’s parents, and his search becomes more desperate as Vinicius grows to understand the despair and hopelessness of the prostitutes, drug dealers and street people he encounters. Read More »

Carlos Diegues – A Grande Cidade ou As Aventuras e Desventuras de Luzia e Seus 3 Amigos Chegados de Longe AKA The Big City (1966)

Directed by Cacá Diegues and released in 1966, it also has the suggestive subtitle of The adventures and misadventures of Luzia and her three friends from far away. Announcing, in general lines, the film’s structure: Luzia [Anecy Rocha] left the Northeast and made her way to Rio de Janeiro in order to find her fiancé, Jasão [Leonardo Villar]. When she arrived at her destination, she received help from Calunga [Antônio Pitanga], who represents the stereotyped figure of the “malandro” [thug], besides from his activity almost leading the story events. Shortly, Luzia found Jasão and noticed he had become a famous outlaw wanted by Rio police. Their paths from this moment on lead to tragic implications, being both victims of the big city’s urban violence. Read More »

Carlos Diegues – Joanna Francesa (1975)

Joana is a sophisticated, beautiful woman, so she has a choice of lovers, and destinies. She will let down Pierre, the French consul at Sao Paulo, and with him the frivolity of tea-parties and comfort. Her wild inner-soul will develop into the wild forest surroundings of a landlord’s farmhouse. To the extent she will defend her land like a 19th century owner – of lands and men alike… Read More »