Alberto Cavalcanti

  • Alberto Cavalcanti – Herr Puntila und sein Knecht Matti AKA Herr Puntila and his Servant Matti (1960)

    1951-1960Alberto CavalcantiComedyGermanyMusical

    This first film adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s play about class distinctions was made in 1955 in the Vienna Rosenhügel studios, but it was only premiered five years later. Curt Bois plays the rich capitalist Puntila who only becomes somewhat agreeable when he is drunk (which he is most of the time in this film). In his inebriated state, Puntila not only gets amorously involved with three different ladies but also suggests that his daughter Eva marries his chauffeur Matti. The chauffeur, however, doesn’t really agree…Read More »

  • Alberto Cavalcanti – They Made Me a Fugitive (1947)

    1941-1950Alberto CavalcantiCrimeDramaUSA

    In this gritty film noir, cynical ex-RAF flyer Morgan, bored with civilian life, joins a break-in gang led by Narcy. On his first job, the getaway car crashes after killing a policeman. Morgan is framed as the driver and sent to jail. Seeking revenge, he escapes and heads for London. Along the way he’s helped by a woman (Mrs. Fenshaw), who wants him to murder her husband. In London, Morgan is sheltered by Sally, who falls in love with him. He confronts Narcy and the gang in an abandoned warehouse. Brazilian Director Cavalcanti’s crime drama should not be confused with the totally unrelated “They Made Me a Criminal” (1939).Read More »

  • Alberto Cavalcanti – O Canto do Mar (1952)

    1951-1960Alberto CavalcantiBrazilClassicsDrama

    In the drought areas of Northeastern of Brazil, groups of migrants move trying to find better place to live, at least with water. Some of them go to Recife, to get a vessel to Santos expecting to have a better life in the Southern. In the poor area of Recife, an old washerwoman launders clothes to survive and support her family. Her husband Zé Luis, a former sailor, is crazy due to a hit of the boom of a mast on his head. Her older son Raimundo works in a grocery and selling mangoes on the street, trying to save money to move to the Southeastern with his girl-friend Aurora. Her daughter wants to be a prostitute to have a better quality of life. Her younger son is seriously sick.Read More »

  • Alberto Cavalcanti – La P’tite Lili (1927)

    1921-1930Alberto CavalcantiExperimentalFranceSilent


    A black and white silent short which tells the tragic story of a young girl named Lili.Read More »

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