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Also Known As: Caca Diegues Died:
Born: May 19, 1940 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Maceio, Alagoas, BR Profession: director, screenwriter, producer, poet, journalist, critic

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A former poet, journalist and film critic, Carlos Diegues emerged as one of the foremost proponents of Brazil's Cinema Novo movement (akin to the French New Wave). Since making his first features in the early 1960s, he has explored various aspects of Brazilian life in political, social and historical contexts, with particular emphasis on slavery and its legacy to his native land's culture. Diegues is nothing if not passionate, but that passion comes at a price. Perhaps the most common criticism of his work is that his films are not audience friendly; they demand scrupulous attention but to those willing to make the commitment, they yield many riches.

A former poet, journalist and film critic, Carlos Diegues emerged as one of the foremost proponents of Brazil's Cinema Novo movement (akin to the French New Wave). Since making his first features in the early 1960s, he has explored various aspects of Brazilian life in political, social and historical contexts, with particular emphasis on slavery and its legacy to his native land's culture. Diegues is nothing if not passionate, but that passion comes at a price. Perhaps the most common criticism of his work is that his films are not audience friendly; they demand scrupulous attention but to those willing to make the commitment, they yield many riches.

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DIRECTOR:

2.
  Orfeu (1999) Director
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  Tieta Do Agreste (1996) Director
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  Rio's Love Songs (1994) Director
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  Dias Melhores Virao (1990) Director
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  Quilombo (1986) Director
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  Bye Bye Brazil (1980) Director
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  Summer Rain, A (1979) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Receita de futebol (1971) Narration
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Worked as a journalist and film critic
1959:
Made several amateur short films including "Fuga" (1959) and "Brasilia" (1960)
1961:
Helmed the episode "Escola de samba, alegria de viver", featured as part of the omnibus film "Cinco vezes favela"
1963:
Feature debut as director, producer and co-screenwriter, "Ganga Zumba"; film introduced a major theme in his work, the examination of slavery
1969:
Produced, wrote and directed the historical political epic "Os Herdeiros/The Inheritors/The Heirs"
1975:
Wrote and directed the acclaimed "Xica/Xica da Silva", a portrait of a former female slave who rises to power
1980:
Enjoyed international hit with "Bye Bye Brazil", about a group of traveling performers
1984:
Helmed and scripted the historical saga "Quilombo", a fact-based drama about 17th-century escaped African slaves who establish their own community in the mountains
1990:
Produced, directed and wrote "Dias Melhores Virao/Better Days Ahead", about a struggling actress
1994:
Used four popular songs as the basis for the omnibus film "Rio's Love Songs"
1996:
Wrote, directed and co-produced "Tieta"
1999:
Realized dream of making a film based on Vinicius de Moraes' play "Oreu da Conceicao"; "Orfeu" selected as Brazil's entry for the 1999 Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film
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Notes

"I don't make movies to teach, I make them to learn, and I'm happy that this movie ["Orfeu"] has been able to throw light on a subject and a reality [the isolation and neglect of slumdwellers] that a lot of people would prefer to ignore." --Carlos Diegues to The New York Times, June 29, 1999

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father:
Manuel Diegues Jr. Anthropologist, sociologist.

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