Salles Gomes wrote an extensive number of articles and books throughout his lifetime and his love of cinema influenced a generation of leading film historians and critics in Brazil. This anthology brings together for the first time in English a selection of Gomes' most influential writings including texts on Hollywood, European and Brazilian film, alongside topics such as art house movies, commercial cinema, pornography and the vicissitudes of developing a film culture faced with official government resistance. By blending together ruminations on both global and national cinema, avant-garde film and popular movies, Maite Conde and Stephanie Dennison illustrate how this advocation of a national cinema was forged in dialogue with international trends and commercial influences. In doing so they introduce English-speaking readers to the work of Brazil's foremost cinephile, placing Brazilian film and film criticism within a global framework.
Paulo Emílio Salles Gomes