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Small-Gauge StorytellingDiscovering the Amateur Fiction Film$
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Ryan Shand and Ian Craven

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748656349

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748656349.001.0001

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. Brazilian Amateur Cinema and Fictional Films From Foto-Cine Clube Gaúcho

. Brazilian Amateur Cinema and Fictional Films From Foto-Cine Clube Gaúcho

(p.164) 7. Brazilian Amateur Cinema and Fictional Films From Foto-Cine Clube Gaúcho
Small-Gauge Storytelling

Lila Foster

Edinburgh University Press

In 2007, the collection of amateur films from Cinemateca do Capitólio (Porto Alegre, Brazil) won a restoration grant, work that was developed at the laboratories of Cinemateca Brasileira. The films, produced between 1932 and 1962, were shot by five different filmmakers: Sioma Breiman, an Ukrainian immigrant that established a solid career as a professional photographer; Fernando Moreira Machado, a doctor and amateur filmmaker, and João Carlos Caldasso, Nelson Furtado and Moacyr Flores, active members of the Foto-Cine Clube Gaúcho. This chapter undertakes a brief investigation of the amateur filmmaking scene in Porto Alegre taking as a starting point the fiction films from the collection of the Cinemateca do Capitólio and their production context. Most of the titles were collectively produced either by the members of the Foto-Cine Clube Gaúcho, founded in 1951 and still active today, or the group of friends that surrounded Doctor Fernando Moreira Machado. After this historical contextualisation, the analysis will turn to the crime films Dawn Steps and The Jewelry Store Robbery; silent films that bring a close resemblance in their narrative structure-usage of flashbacks, different points of views, female characters in search of revenge-creating an intricate narrative structure that expresses the efforts in dialoguing with established movie genres.

Keywords:   Film archives, Cine clubs, Crime films

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