An astonishing creation, Limite is the only feature by the Brazilian director and author Mário Peixoto, made when he was just twenty-two years old. Inspired by a haunting André Kertész photograph on the cover of a French magazine, this avant-garde silent masterpiece centers on a man and two women lost at sea, their pasts unfolding through flashbacks propelled by the music of Erik Satie, Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, and others. An early work of independent Latin American filmmaking, Limite was famously difficult to see for most of the twentieth century, although it counted Orson Welles, David Bowie, and Caetano Veloso among its champions. It is a pioneering achievement that continues to captivate—an elusive masterpiece that director Walter Salles called “a film of transcendent poetry and boundless imagination.”
(Mário Peixoto, Brazil, 1931, 120 min., DCP)
Pablo Gonçalo is an assistant professor at the University of Brasília, UnB. Currently, he is a Fulbright visiting scholar at the University of Chicago and has also done post-doctoral research in partnership with the University of São Paulo. His research centers on the history of unfilmed scripts, focusing on German and Brazilian film history, and, more recently, the classic Hollywood era. The author of O cinema como refúgio da escrita: roteiros e paisagens em Peter Handke e Wim Wenders (2016), he has been published in Journal of Screenwriting, La Furia Umana, and several edited collections. Gonçalo writes film reviews and scripts, and is also a curator.
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