The UCLA Latin American Institute and the Consulate General of Brazil in Los Angeles present "Poeta da Vila," directed by Ricardo Van Steen.
Rio de Janeiro in the 30s. Noel Rosa is a funny guy with a twisted chin from the district of Vila Isabel. Middle-class and white, he writes poems and plays in a local band. He studies medicine but prefers the friendship of black guys from the favelas, factory girls and hookers. His friend Ismael Silva, a composer, introduces him to the world of samba and when challenged to compose he writes Com que roupa?, a parody of the Brazilian national anthem which becomes a magnificent success. He flies through the golden age of radio like a comet, changing the direction of Brazilian popular music. Between declarations of love and samba duels, the irreverent composer follows an intense rhythm until an overpowering illness complicates his life.
Drama, 2006, 99 minutes, in Portuguese, with English Subtitles.
This film is part of the Brazilian Film Series at UCLA.
Cost: Free and open to the public; pay-by-space and all-day parking ($8) available in lot 3.
Sponsor(s): UCLA Latin American Institute, Consulate General of Brazil in Los Angeles.
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