The Man of the Crowd


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Sat, Jul 19
Sun, Jul 20

The Man of the Crowd
O Homem das Multidões | Marcelo Gomes, Cao Guimarães, 2013
Brazil | Portuguese with English subtitles | Format: DCP | 95 minutes

Loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe’s story of the same name, Marcelo Gomes and Cao Guimarães—two of the most interesting filmmakers working in Brazil today—have crafted an elegant, parsimonious, and formally impeccable story of Juvenal, a lonely train driver in Belo Horizonte, and his encounter with Margo, a station controller. Emphasizing the theme of alienation in Poe’s story (and revealing Guimarães’s work as a visual artist), the two directors opted for an unusual format, a 1:1 aspect ratio, which intriguingly makes the film resemble a Polaroid. Juvenal and Margo, who each embody a different form of urban solitude, have been brought together in this beautifully composed ode to friendship.

Series: Latinbeat 2014

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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