Best-seller Books, Plays and Movies – January 2002

Best-seller Books, Plays and Movies

By Brazzil Magazine

Dois Perdidos Numa Noite Suja (Two Lost Souls on a Dirty Night)—
Plínio Marcos’s text, which has become a classic. Two tramps trying to survive in the big
city. Directed by Tanah Corrêa, with Alexandre Borges and José Moreira.

Isabel—The last hours of Princess Isabel in Brazil before leaving
for exile. Isabel became famous for signing the law that liberated Brazilian slaves in
1888. Written by Aderbal Freire-Filho who is also one of the interpreters. Directed by
Domingos Oliveira, with Clarice Niskier as the princess.

A Mulher sem Pecado (Sinless Woman)— Nelson Rodrigues play about
Olegário, a compulsive jealous man who lives to catch his wife in a wrongdoing. Directed
by Luiz Arthur Nunes, with José de Abreu and Luciana Braga.

Todo Mundo Tem Problemas (Sexuais) (Everybody Has Sexual
Problems)—Six funny stories as told to psychoanalyst Alberto Goldin, who with
Domingos Oliveira wrote the text and directs the play. Goldin writes the column “Vida
Íntima” (Intimate Life) for Rio’s daily O Globo. Pedro Cardoso stars.

A Mentecapta (The Loony Lady)—Comedy—A gallery of odd
characters who frequent a psychiatric clinic. Written by Mauro Rasi, directed by Ivone
Hoffmann, with the troupe Grupo de Atores da CAL.

A Vida É Cheia de Som e Fúria (Life Is Full of Sound and
Fury)—Drama—Based on Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity. Abandoned by
girlfriend, DJ recalls past romances with five women in an effort to overcome his misery.
Adapted and directed by Felipe Hirsch with Elenco Sutil Companhia de Teatro.

SÀO PAULO

Caixa 2 (Under the Table)—Comedy. It has been playing since October
1997 and was seen by more than 600,000 people. Ângela, a secretary, is used by her lover
to hide money from the Revenue Service. Directed by Fauzi Arap, with Juca de Oliveira and
Mauro Mendonça.

As Sereias da Zona Sul (The Sirens of the South Zone)—Comedy. Play
in four episodes about the adventures of women from Rio’s south zone beach communities.
Written by Miguel Falabella Vicente Pereira and.

Contos de Sedução (Seduction Tales)—Comedy—Love in Belle
Époque France through the eyes of Guy de Maupassant. Written by J. E. Amacker, directed
by Eduardo Tolentino de Araújo, with Brian Penido Ross, Clara Carvalho, Sandra Corveloni,
and Zécarlos Machado.

Retábulo da Avareza, Luxúria e Morte (Retable of Avarice, Luxury and
Death)—Drama—The public sits on tables sipping wine as if they were on a cabaret
while the play is shown. Written and directed by Rodolfo García Vázquez with Ivan
Cabral, Tadeu Peronne, and Germano Pereira.

Ao Papagaio Verde (At the Green Parrot)—Comedy—The day of the
Bastille Fall, a tavern owner and former stage director presents to a decadent aristocracy
a show in which actors play the role of outlaws. Written by Arthur Schnitzler, directed by
Ariela Goldmann, with Adriana Simpa, Álvaro Franco, and Carlos Morelli.

Mercado de Fugas (Flee Market)—Drama— Ponderings on slavery in
Brazil in the mid 19th century. Written by Machado de Assis, adapted by Teatro
de Narradores, directed by José Fernando Peixoto de Azevedo, with Carol Zilles, Marcelo
Daher, and Pedro Mantovani.

Duas Luas (Two Moons)—Drama—Locked in a room by themselves two
women are forced to find ways to deal with each other. Written by Bruna Pity Longo,
directed by Nicole Aun, with Bruna Pity Longo and Juliana Offenbecker.

MOVIES

Just-released American movies:<>Quills (Contos Proibidos do Marques de
Sade), Lost Souls (Dominação), Get Carter (O Implacável), The Emperor’s New Groove (A
Nova Onda do Imperador), The Little Vampire (O Pequeno Vampiro), The 6th Day (O 6º Dia),
High Fidelity (Alta Fidelidade), The Cell (A Cela), 102 Dalmatians (102 Dálmatas),
Whatever it Takes (Correndo Atrás), Bless the Child (Filha da Luz), Reindeer Games (Jogo
Duro), Autumn in New York (Outono em Nova York), Charlie’s Angels (As Panteras), The
Family Man (Um Homem de Família)

Um Anjo Trapalhão (A Fumbling Angel)—Brazil/1996—Comedy. Released
originally on TV. Simpleton Didi Mocó arrives at Vila Esperança decided to make its
residents once again believe in Santa Claus. Directed by Alexandre Boury and Marcelo
Travasso, with Renato Aragão plus Isadora Ribeiro, Francisco Cuoco, Regina Duarte and
Deborah Secco.

O Auto da Compadecida (The Compassionate Lady
Play)—Brazil/1999—Comedy. Two men from the Brazilian Northeast, João Grillo and
Chicó have a hard to survive and to through some hilarious situations. Directed by Guel
Arraes, with Matheus Nachtergaele, Selton Mello, Marco Nanini, Fernanda Montenegro,
Maurício Gonçalves and Lima Duarte.

Pop Star—(Brazil/2000)—Comedy starred by Xuxa, an
internationally-renowned top model who comes back to Brazil to meet the Charming Prince
she met on the Internet. Directed by Paulo Sérgio de Almeida and Tizuka Yamazaki, with
Luigi Baricelli, Silvia Pfeifer, and Marcos Frota.

Capitães de Abril (April Captains)—France-Portugal/2000—The
1974 end to the military dictatorship in Portugal and the story of a group of military men
who go to Lisbon to depose Salazar. Directed by Maria de Medeiros, who worked as actress
in Pulp Fiction.

Eu, Tu, Eles (I, You, They)—Brazil/2000—Drama. Based on
the real story of Darlene, a northeastern woman who lives in the same house with her
husband and two lovers. Directed by Andrucha Waddington, with Regina Casé, Lima Duarte
and Stênio Garcia.

O Rap do Pequeno Príncipe Contra as Almas Sebosas (The Little Prince’s
Rap Against the Greasy Souls)—Brazil/2000—Documentary. Gun for hire Helinho and
rapper Garnisé, both from Recife (state of Pernambuco) suburbs, are the two heroes of
this documentary on Brazilian hip-hop. Directed by Paulo Caldas and Marcelo Luna.

Inquietude (Restlessness)—Portugal-France/1998—Drama. Three
stories about love and the passage of time. Directed by Manoel de Oliveira, with José
Pinto, Luís Miguel Cintra, and Isabel Ruth.

Quase Nada (Almost Nothing)—Brazil/2000—Drama. The stories of
three country men who despite living without the amenities of modern life have to deal
with similar existential problems as those faced by people who live in big cities.
Directed by Sérgio Rezende, with José Augusto Pompeu, Camilo Bevilacqua, Jurandir de
Oliveira, Genézio de Barros.

BEST-SELLER BOOKS
FICTION

1 Harry Potter e o prisioneiro de Azkaban, J. K. Rowling. Rocco, R$ 25

2 As mentiras que os homens contam, Luis Fernando Verissimo. Objetiva, R$ 16,90

3 Harry Potter e a pedra filosofal, J. K. Rowling. Rocco, R$ 22

4 Harry Potter e a câmara secreta, J. K. Rowling. Rocco, R$ 22

5 O demônio e a srta. Prym, Paulo Coelho. Objetiva, R$ 19,90

6 A confraria, John Grisham. Rocco, R$ 27,50 (b) 7/6

7 A caverna, José Saramago. Companhia das Letras, R$ 31

8 O céu está caindo, Sidney Sheldon. Record, R$ 28

9 Imagem no espelho, Danielle Steel. Record, R$ 28

10 O último judeu, Noah Gordon. Rocco, R$ 35

NONFICTION

1 O avantajado livro de pensamentos do Casseta e Planeta, Casseta e Planeta.
Objetiva, R$ 15

2 A fantástica história de Sílvio Santos, Arlindo Silva. Editora do Brasil, R$
23,90

3 A arte da felicidade, Dalai Lama. Martins Fontes, R$ 32,50

4 O melhor livro sobre nada, Jerry Seinfeld. Frente, R$ 19

5 Corações suaw6kx, Fernando Morais. Companhia das Letras, R$ 31,50

6 Uma ética para o novo milênio, Dalai Lama. Sextante, R$ 24

7 Renato Russo, o trovador solitário, Arthur Dapieve. Relume Dumará, R$ 15

8 Os templários, Piers Paul Read. Imago, R$ 40

9 Autópsia do medo, Percival de Souza. Globo, R$ 44

10 Pai rico, pai pobre, Robert Kiyosaki. Campus, R$ 24

COMPUTER

1 Como fazer planilhas, coleção Sucesso Profissional. Publifolha, R$ 14,90

2 Como usar o e-mail, coleção Sucesso Profissional. Publifolha, R$ 14,90

3 Como navegar na Web, coleção Sucesso Profissional. Publifolha, R$ 14,90

4 Manual completo do hacker, Spyman. Book Express, R$ 45

5 Java, como programar, H. Deitel. Bookman, R$ 94

6 Como fazer cartas e malas diretas, coleção Sucesso Profissional. Publifolha, R$
14,90

7 Flash 4, criações multimídias interativas, Marcos José Pinto. Erica, R$ 45

8 Hacker, guia de consulta e aprendizagem, Spyman. Book Express, R$ 13

9 Dominando o Linux, Matt Welsh e Lar Kaufman. Ciência Moderna, R$ 59

10 A Internet e os hackers, M@rcio. Chantal, R$ 39

According to Jornal do Brasil, http://www.jb.com.br

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