How can we account for the fact that, out of the blue, a short, seemingly simple video can move us so deeply that for a time we cannot not look at it? In the case of Brazilian filmmaker Carlos Adriano’s short video Sem Titulo #1:Dance of Leitfossil (“Untitled #1: Dance of Leitfossil,” 2014) it’s the fact that the considerable pleasure of Adriano’s combination of his reworking of an Astaire-Rogers dance routine with Ana Moura’s popular song, “Desfado,” is only the invitation to this “dance.” Several subtle details make clear that the video is a celebration of Bernardo Vorobow, who until his death in 2009 was the Amos Vogel of Brazil—as well as Adriano’s long-time partner in filmmaking and in life. Sem Titulo #1 is an exhilarating tribute to their 27-year relationship and to the revival of Adriano’s creative passion after a period of mourning.
A Sudden Passion: Carlos Adriano's Sem Titulo #1: Dance of Leitfossil
Scott MacDonald is the author of the Critical Cinema series of interviews with filmmakers (now in five volumes from UC Press) and nine other books, including most recently American Ethnographic Film and Personal Documentary: The Cambridge Turn (2013, UC Press), Avant-Doc: Intersections of Documentary and Avant-Garde Film (Oxford University Press, 2015), and Binghamton Babylon: Voices from the Cinema Department, 1967-1977 (SUNY Press, 2015). He teaches film history at Hamilton College.
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Scott MacDonald; A Sudden Passion: Carlos Adriano's Sem Titulo #1: Dance of Leitfossil. Film Quarterly 1 September 2015; 69 (1): 45–51. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2015.69.1.45
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