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Brutality GardenTropicalia and the Emergence of a Brazilian Counterculture$
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Christopher Dunn

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780807826515

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469615707_Dunn

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The Tropicalist Moment

The Tropicalist Moment

(p.73) 3 The Tropicalist Moment
Brutality Garden

Christopher Dunn

University of North Carolina Press

Glauber Rocha's film Terra em transe (Land in anguish) critically portrays the position of left-wing artists and intellectuals under a right-wing military dictatorship in Brazil. Representing a “traumatic moment” for left-wing artists, it created the conditions for the elaboration of “tropicalismo.” This chapter discusses the cultural manifestation associated with Tropicália, and the significant impact of Rocha's film and theater productions on the advent of the tropicalist movement. It also explores the collective tropicalist “concept album” from 1968, the question of allegory in Tropicália, political violence, and affirmation of marginality in tropicalist songs.

Keywords:   Glauber Rocha, Terra em transe, left-wing artists, right-wing, military dictatorship, Brazil, concept album, allegory, Tropicália, political violence

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