Pictures for the People

A series at the Walker reveals the revolutionary power of Brazil's Cinema Novo

Central Station moves on to suggest a more hopeful future as we move across Brazil, ostensibly searching for the father the boy has lost, but also seeking the woman's missing spirit. Though glancing backward, the film is never nostalgic; the voyage is vivid and full of majestic images of a nation trying to be reborn out of both ancient and modern traditions--all as seen from an exhilarating trek across long stretches of highway. Would that this film, which spans the great expanse of Brazil and its society, also point toward a wide-open future for the nation's cinema.

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