The silent Brazilian film Miss Right Now (1927), produced by and starring Eva Nil, who also worked as a camera and laboratory assistant on the film, stands out as a powerful and rare example of a woman's creative agency in early Brazilian cinema. The plight of this film also provides a means to consider the conditions of women's on- and offscreen work, dominant models for female screen protagonists in 1920s Brazil, and negotiations between modern and traditional values within an emergent Brazilian star system.
“A Role in Which the Work Is Not Completely Passive”: Eva Nil, Miss Right Now (1927), and Women's Work in Brazilian Silent Cinema
Luciana Corrêa de Araújo is an assistant professor at Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar), Brazil. Her research focuses on Brazilian silent cinema. She has published the books A Crônica de Cinema no Recife dos Anos 50 (Recife: Fundarpe, 1997) and Joaquim Pedro de Andrade: Primeiros Tempos (São Paulo: Alameda Editorial, 2013). Her writing has been published in journals and edited collections, including Stars and Stardom in Brazilian Cinema (Berghahn, 2016). She is currently coordinating the Brazilian part of the international research project “Towards an Intermedial History of Brazilian Cinema” (AHRC/UK-FAPESP/Brazil).
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Luciana Corrêa de Araújo; “A Role in Which the Work Is Not Completely Passive”: Eva Nil, Miss Right Now (1927), and Women's Work in Brazilian Silent Cinema. Feminist Media Histories 1 October 2017; 3 (4): 102–125. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fmh.2017.3.4.102
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