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SCHVARZMAN, Sheila. Ir ao cinema em São Paulo nos anos 20. Rev. Bras. Hist. [online]. 2005, vol.25, n.49, pp.153-174. ISSN 0102-0188.

In the 20's, Octavio Gabus Mendes published film critics in Cinearte, a magazine on movies. His texts present an extensive coverage of the movie scene in São Paulo, as well as of his film-making ideas and his projects for Brazilian cinema. They show the relationship between the development of the Brazilian movie industry and the images they might construct about the country, and also the central role of movie theaters in the constitution of cinematographic activity in Brazil. As they look for rich theaters in rich places, movies might represent social exclusion rather than inclusion. In this process,we can see even in the 20's a dicothomy between the constitution of cinema as a popular activity and its elitist aspirations as shown by images, spaces and frequency.

Keywords : Film and history in Brasil; Brazilian film history; 20's.

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