FQ makes this important text by the Brazilian film historian and theorist Ismael Xavier available for the first time in English. A member of Brazil's first generation of film-studies academics, Xavier was one of the first scholars to write extensively on Coutinho's work. This article, originally published in Portuguese, was the first to name Coutinho's practice as one of theatricality (jogo de cena) as well as conversation and was therefore influential not only for later scholarship but for Coutinho himself.
Inquiries into Eduardo Coutinho and His Dialogue with Modern Tradition
Ismail Xavier is Distinguished Professor of Cinema Studies at Escola de Comunicações e Artes da Universidade de São Paulo (ECA-USP) in Brazil. He has been a visiting professor of cinema studies at NYU (1995), University of Iowa (1998), and Université Paris III – Sorbonne Nouvelle (1999). He is the author of more than ten books on cinema, including Sertão Mar: Glauber Rocha e a estética da fome; A experiência do cinema; D.W. Griffith, o nascimento de um cinema; Alegorias do subdesenvolvimento: Cinema novo, tropicalismo, cinema marginal; Allegories of Underdevelopment: Aesthetics and Politics in Brazilian Modern Cinema; and O cinema brasileiro modern. Since 1977, he has been a member of the advisory board of the Brazilian Cinematheque.
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Ismail Xavier, Krista Brune; Inquiries into Eduardo Coutinho and His Dialogue with Modern Tradition. Film Quarterly 1 March 2016; 69 (3): 35–43. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2016.69.3.35
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