225 Great Directors: Nelson Pereira dos Santos

“The cinema is a cultural expression, therefore, no better and no worse than any other, it exists within its context, expressing the life of that society where it was born. It is a modern world, that is, I think, the backbone of the culture.”


What Got This Director Here?
: Mostly Barren Lives, with a little of his later work too.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: N/A

What Did I Watch: Barren Lives.

Where Does He Fit: Clearly, I am a sucker for the blown out white aesthetic in black and white movies, because Barren Lives and Eros Plus Massacre make the best argument for that technique that I’ve ever seen. One shot of a bunch of people walking through the town square while dust kicks up and the rare musical number plays is going to stay with me for a long time. The narrative perfectly fits a movie of this title, but that’s a good thing, with an early scene involving a bird being killed stunning the audience in how casually depressing and sudden it moves after a languorous start with some truly painful opening credits.

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Most Valuable Asset: Apparently, he turned away from realism, so I’ll say a weird sense of humor.
Most Excited For: How Tasty Was My Little Frenchmen.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Undecided. He’s good, though.

Coming Up Next: One-hit wonder Giuseppe Tornatore.

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