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The Mandarin (1995)

O Mandarim (original title)
The history of Brazilian popular music in the 20th Century, focusing specially on the life and works of intriguing singer Mário Reis, a loner who, with his special way of singing - ... See full summary »


Júlio Bressane


Júlio Bressane, Rosa Dias (scenario collaborator) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernando Eiras ... Mário Reis
Giulia Gam Giulia Gam
Gal Costa ... Carmen Miranda
Gilberto Gil Gilberto Gil ... Sinhô
Raphael Rabello Raphael Rabello ... Heitor Villa-Lobos
Rubens Santos Rubens Santos
Chico Buarque Chico Buarque ... Noel Rosa (as Chico Buarque de Hollanda)
Edu Lobo Edu Lobo ... Tom Jobim
Caetano Veloso ... Self
Renata Sorrah
Daniela Arantes Daniela Arantes
Catarina Abdalla Catarina Abdalla ... (as Catarina Abdala)
Drica Moraes
Costinha Costinha
Paschoal Villaboin Paschoal Villaboin


The history of Brazilian popular music in the 20th Century, focusing specially on the life and works of intriguing singer Mário Reis, a loner who, with his special way of singing - whispering and softly saying the words - in a time when singers with potent voices ruled, was in a way a forerunner of Bossa Nova style. Written by <lukejoplin@infolink.com.br>

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January 1996 (Netherlands) See more »

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The Mandarin See more »

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1.66 : 1
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Film debut of Fernando Eiras. See more »

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Absolutely delightful
6 March 2003 | by m67165See all my reviews

This movie is strange. If you know this director, you know he does it like that. He does not have a big budget, and his attitude is quite underground. He's been doing it steadily since the sixties. You either love it how he does it or leave it. Many times it looks like he's making it up as the shooting happens, but I hear it is far from the truth. This is probably the most accessible of his movies, because the music is so fantastic it ends up looking like a collection of weird musical clips of old Brazilian hits sung by this famous singer. The singer himself seems to have been quite a curious character, and it looks like the movie is supposed to mirror this in its images. God knows it worked for me. I saw it some seven times, and always left in a daze, touched by such a wonder that was almost beyond words. And it is also very funny at times. This is really one of a kind.

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