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3952 - Transnational Soundtracks: Voice and Identity in Contemporary Brazilian Cinema

The arrival of human voice on the screen opened up new possibilities for cinema's expression of national identity. Throughout the XXth Century, the texture of speech and the synchronization of voices and bodies were central to our formation of personal and cultural identities. In this paper I want to reconsider the idea of a Brazilian linguistic and territorial identity through the analyses of the soundtracks of two important films from the Retomada: Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas' Terra Estrangeira (1996) and Ruy Guerra's Estorvo (2000). Although both films depict the experience of nomadic subjects, they explore the links between displacements and voice in opposite ways. I argue that the profusion of Portuguese accents in Terra Estrangeira function as signs of difference in the linguistic level that ultimately contributes to the consolidation of a Brazilian diasporic identity. On the contrary, the use of a disembodied voice over, the disruption of synchronicity, and the increasing overlapping of Portuguese, Spanish and Portunhol in Estorvo points to an absolute deterritorialization of both voice and identity.

Palavras-chaves: Brazilian Cinema Displacements Identity Soundracks

Autores: Depetris Chauvin, Irene (Hamilton College, Ud States of Am / USA)

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