Best-seller Books, Plays and Movies

Best-seller Books, Plays and Movies

President Fernando Henrique Cardoso unabashedly stands
by everything he ever wrote and insists that, given the same circumstances,
he would write it all the same way again. His critics — on both sides of
the political spectrum — are troubled by his refusal to apologize for either
his past or his present. Most Latin American leaders are trained in law,
political science or economics, while Cardoso is very much a sociologist.
As a sociologist, Cardoso has a profound understanding of class and group
differences.
By Brazzil Magazine

Plays,

movies &

best-seller books

PLAYS

Rio

O Carteiro e o Poeta (The Mailman and the Poet) — Written
by Antonio Skármeta and directed by Aderbal Freire-Filho. With Rogério
Fróes and Marcos Winter. The story about the imaginary friendship
between Chilean poet Pablo Neruda and the mailman who delivered his mail
when Neruda was in exile in Spain.

Canta Brasil, Quem Pode Pode (Sing Brazil, If You Can
You Can) — Musical comedy making fun of Brazilian traditions and habits.
Written and directed by Brigitte Blair with Isabela Costa and Keila Muniz.

Master Class (Master Class) — By Terrence
McNally with Marília Pêra and Caio Ferraz. Maria Callas’s
adventures during the time she spent at the Julliard School of Music in
New York.

O Romance dos Dois Soldados de Herodes (The Two Soldiers
of Herod’s Romance) — Ordered by Herod to kill babies in Bethlehem,
two soldiers disobey the orders. By Osmar Lins. Directed by Nelson Xavier
with Nelson Xavier and Via Negromonte.

São Paulo

Bar Doce Bar (Bar Sweet Bar) — Musical comedy. A group
of friends discuss and sing their lives under the watchful eye of a caring
waiter. Written by Luís Alberto de Abreu, directed by Ednaldo Freire.
Aldo Avilez, Fernando Petelinkar and Tico d’Godoy star.

Corpo a Corpo (Clinch) — Adman has an existential crisis
in a world a little too competitive for his taste. Oduvaldo Viana Filho
wrote. Directed by Eduardo Tolentino de Araújo. With Zé-Carlos
Machado.

No Olho da Rua (Thrown on the Street) — The little daily
adventures in the big city. Twenty stories of passion, friendship and misunderstandings.
Written by Luiz Cabral and Ricardo Soares. Directed by Beth Lopes. With
Amadeo Lamounier, Bel Kowarick, Luiz Carlos Rossi, and Rosanna Seligmann.

Vacalhau & Binho — Sketches based on Zé Fidélis,
an old-guard radio comedian. Carlos Alberto Soffredini wrote, adapted and
directed.

MOVIES

American films just released: Dante’s Peak (O Inferno de Dante),
The Trigger Effect (O Efeito Dominó), Albino Alligator (Ciladas
da Sorte), The People vs. Larry Flynt (O Povo Contra Larry Flynt), Blood
and Wine (Sangue e Vinho), Evita (Evita), House Arrest (Uma Família
Quase Perfeita), Magic in the Water (A Magia das Águas)

Beautiful Thing (Delicada Atração) — England
— 1996 — A couple of adolescents (both are 16) fall in love and decide
to face the music and fight their families for their right to live together.
By Hetti MacDonald with Linda Henry and Scott Neal.

Corisco e Dadá (Corisco and Dadá) — Brazil
— 1996 — The story happens in Bahia in 1927. Cangaceiro (backlands
outlaw) Corisco kidnaps Dadá who is still a child. She will grow
up to love him and to be a real cangaceira herself. Directed by
Rosemberg Cariry with Chico Diaz, Dira Paes, Antônio Leite and Regina
Dourado.

Crede-Mi (Believe Me) — Brazil — 1996 — Experimental film
with Northern backlands people playing Thomas Mann’s The Elect.
Directed by Bia Lessa and Dany Roland.

Gabbeh (Gabbeh) — Iran/France — 1995 — Old lady tells
the story of the vanishing Iranian nomadic tribe known for making the gabbeh,
a big carpet. With Abbas Sayaki. Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbat.

Pequeno Dicionário Amoroso (Little Love Dictionary)
— Brazil — 1996 — A chance meeting between two youngsters develops into
a torrid love story. Directed by Sandra Werneck with Andréa Beltrão,
Daniel Dantas, and Tony Ramos.

Ponette (Ponette, à Espera de um Anjo) — France
— 1996 — The drama of a four-year-old girl after her mother dies in a car
accident. Directed by Jacques Doillon. With Victoire Trivisol, Marie Trintignant
and Xavier Beauvois.

Salam Cinema (Salve o Cinema) — Iran — 1995 — The big
commotion provoked by a casting call when 5,000 people show up willing
to play a role. Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbat. With Azadeh Zangeneh, Marvan
Keyhan, and Feizolah Ghashghai.

Shine (Shine: Brilhante) — England/Australia — 1996 —
The story of pianist David Helfgott, whose career is interrupted by disease.
He then returns to the concert circuit. Directed by Scott Hicks. With Geoffrey
Rush and Armin Mueller.

Trois Vies et une Seule Mort (Três Vidas e uma Só
Morte) — France/Portugal — 1996 — Marcello Mastroianni interprets three
roles: a salesman, an Anthropology professor, and a businessman. Directed
by Raoul Ruiz.

BOOKS

Fiction

1. O Mundo de Sofia

Jostein Gaarder

2. Novas Comédias da Vida Privada

Luís Fernando Veríssimo

3. O Xangô de Baker Street

Jô Soares

4. Cinco Dias em Paris

Danielle Steel

5. Mas Será o Benedito?

Mário Prata

6. O Paciente Inglês

Michael Ondaatje

7. O Homem que Calculava

Malba Tahan

8. Quase Memória

Carlos Heitor Cony

9. Cruzando o Paraíso

Sam Shepard

10. Legítima Defesa

Jonathan Kellerman

Nonfiction

1. Chic — Um Guia Básico de Moda e Estilo

Glória Kalil

2. O Princípio Dilbert

Scott Adams

3. A Arte da Guerra: os Documentos Perdidos

Sun Tzu

4. Notícia de um Seqüestro

Gabriel García Márquez

5. Homens São de Marte, Mulheres São de Vênus

John Gray

6. O Mundo Assombrado pelos Demônios

Carl Sagan

7. Crônicas de Repórter

Pedro Bial

8. O Rio do Meio

Lya Luft

9. Vislumbres da Índia

Octavio Paz

10. Vinhos para Leigos

Ed McCarthy/Mary E. Mulligan

Self-Help/New Age

1. Inteligência Emocional

Daniel Goleman

2. A Profecia Celestina

James Redfield

3. A Décima Profecia

James Redfield

4. O Monte Cinco

Paulo Coelho

5. A Inteligência Emocional e a Arte de Educar Nossos Filhos

John Gottman e Joan DeClaire

6. As Sete Leis Espirituais do Sucesso

Deepak Chopra

7. Almas Gêmeas

Mônica Buonfiglio

8. Sem Medo de Viver

Zibia Gasparetto

9. A Cura Através da Terapia de Vidas Passadas

Brian L. Weiss

10. Minutos de Sabedoria

Torres Pastorino

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