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AMANCIO, Antônio Carlos. Ciao merlettá: crossing cultures - Italian cinema and the sertão. Estud. hist. (Rio J.) [online]. 2011, vol.24, n.47, pp.88-98. ISSN 0103-2186.

The cangaceiro (bandit) is an outstanding character in the Brazilian cinema, connected to a given mythology of the sertão and to a regional perspective. Associated to the cangaço movies, reassigning the western genre, it deserved few representations in foreign cinematographies. We deal with one Italian production, O cangaceiro, made in 1970 by Giovanni Fago, which we intend to analyze through some interfaces with elements of the Brazilian culture.  We consider the double appropriation of the genre (western, cangaço's films, western spaghetti), and the thematic updates, thinking the transgressions to the canonical models, from a singular absorption of historically defined contents.

Keywords : bandit's movie; cinematographic rereading; foreign representations.

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