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Dictatorship in image and sound

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"Dictatorship in image and sound" presents an inventory of the national films that between 1979 and 2009 put on screen the Brazilian military dictatorship (1964-1985) under various thematic unfoldings. Considering the period of democratic reconstruction started with the repeal of the AI-5 and the sanction of the Amnesty Law, this book provides a comprehensive survey of feature films that in different ways relate to the period of the military regime, and develops the analysis of these films together (noting similarities and differences between them) and separately (devoting a particularized look to significant works selected). These two movements of analysis - called in the book "panoramic" and "close" - take place in chapters structured around sub-themes related to the military dictatorship: the torture, the right-wing ideology, the opposition to the regime, the civil society, and the period's heritage for subsequent generations. Built from a sociological perspective, the book explores the relationship between cinema and society, seeking to understand the process of social and cultural construction of enunciations about the period of the military regime. The films are thus taken as interpreters of the past from its place in the present, in a way that text and context are related, that is, the films and their production conditions are considered. Film works of wider repercussion are compared to lesser-known works in order to identify the hegemonic and the relegated interpretive biases, examine the trajectory of approach to the subject over the years and promote a reflection about the process of past's resignification, considering obliterated issues, prevalent propositions, ambiguities and tensions that underlie the interpretation of the socio-historical process. (AU)

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