Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
This documentary was filmed during Rio de Janeiro's famed "Carnival" in 1978. Carnival is a no-holds-barred party, festival, and parade which takes over the entire nation during the weeks preceding its celebration. Indeed, so riotous has it become that the Brazilian government has at times attempted to regulate its celebrations, with only small, temporary success. Carnival is so deeply rooted in the culture of the region that the government is only capable of minimally affecting it -- unless it wants to provoke a spontaneous revolution. Bands, parades, parties, open-air celebrations, dramatic re-enactments of legend and more make up some of the atmosphere of the time. The closest U.S. parallel is the considerably tamer (!) New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration.