Tuesday, April 19, 2016

O Descobrimento do Brasil with live orchestra

This would be great to see live: a showing of the classic 1937 film by Humberto Mauro O Descobrimento do Brasil, with a live orchestra playing Villa-Lobos's score. This short feature shows Roberto Duarte talking about the April 2016 performances of the film with the Orquestra Sinfônica Nacional da UFF.

I see that back in 2005 the L’Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse did the very same thing. It would be cool if this became more common, like live orchestral performances of The Hobbit or Star Wars or the great What's Opera, Doc? cartoon with Bugs Bunny. Villa's Descobrimento music is outstanding, and I know Mauro is touted as a pioneer of Brazilian film, but one has to make allowances for both the relatively primitive cinematic technique and the attitudes of the day. I wonder if the full orchestra might overpower the screen image. Still, I'd love to see and hear this!

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