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Variations on the Author

Sayad, Cecilia (2016) Variations on the Author. Film Quarterly, 69 (3). pp. 12-18. ISSN 0015-1386. E-ISSN 1533-8630. (doi:10.1525/FQ.2016.69.3.12)

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Abstract

“Variations on the Author” discusses two of Eduardo Coutinho’s recent films (Um Dia na Vida, from 2010, and Últimas Conversas, posthumously released in 2015) and their contribution to the general question of documentary authorship. The director’s filmography is characterized by a consistent yet self-effacing form of authorial self-inscription: Coutinho often features as an interviewer that rather than express opinions propels discourses; an interviewer that is good at listening. This mode of self-inscription characterizes him as an author who is not expressive but who is nonetheless markedly present on the screen. In Um Dia na Vida, however, Coutinho is completely absent form the image, while Últimas Conversas, on the contrary, includes a confessional prologue that moves the director from the margins to the center of his films. This article examines the ways in which these works stand out in the filmography of a director who offers new insights into the notion of cinematic authorship.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1525/FQ.2016.69.3.12
Uncontrolled keywords: documentary; Brazilian cinema; authorship; essay film; performance; Eduardo Coutinho; Latin American cinema
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts > Film
Depositing User: Cecilia Sayad
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2016 12:40 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2019 14:47 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/54243 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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