Archive of films Orgy of the Devil and Other Forbidden Tapes of Ivan Cardoso / O bacanal do diabo e outras fitas proibidas de Ivan Cardoso

Brazil
2013, 62 min

Section: Imagina
Year: 2015

Ivan Cardoso is an icon of Brazilian underground film whose works shy away from neither nudity nor the macabre, and his creations have never subscribed to the notion of high or low art. In a compilation film that sums up his rich career, a notion stands out that entertainment was never more intense and unscrupulous, and yet, at its core, benign.


Synopsis

In one sequence of this lurid and delirious prose poem by Brazilian underground bad boy Ivan Cardoso, local pop culture icon José Mojica Marins speaks on camera. A moment later we watch as a woman masturbates over a magazine featuring Coffin Joe, made famous by Marins. In Cardoso’s vision of the world, the division between high and low art was passé even before this was acknowledged by university-level cultural disciplines – and nothing illustrates that better than the scene in which the music of John Cage accompanies the shaving of a woman’s crotch. The film collage demonstrates how close Cardoso’s freethinking work is to blatantly salacious exploitation films, but also how it is deeply rooted in local (pop) culture, which it approaches with romantic fascination. Although he is undoubtedly an outsider among filmmakers, it’s still possible to perceive his approach as artlessly philosophical and timeless – kind of like plastic vampire teeth that never age.

Viktor Palák

About the director

Ivan Cardoso (b. 1952, Rio de Janeiro) is a Brazilian filmmaker and photographer with the status of a cult underground artist. He’s been involved in film since 1970 when he served as assistant director to Rogério Sganzerla on No Way, Spider (Sem Essa, Aranha); since that time he has been making his own movies on Super 8. His feature debut The Secret of the Mummy (O Segredo da Múmia, 1982) was followed in part by The Seven Vampires (As Sete Vampiras, 1986), The Scarlet Scorpion (O Escorpião Escarlate, 1990), A Werewolf in Amazonia (Um Lobisomem na Amazônia, 2005), Sarcofago the Macabre (O Sarcófago Macabro, 2005), and numerous shorts.

Contacts

Topázio Filmes
Praça Eugênio Jardim, 34, 1002, 22061040, Rio de Janeiro
Brazil
Tel: +55 213 258 6016
E-mail: mestredoterrir@yahoo.com.br

About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Imagina
   
Director: Ivan Cardoso
Screenplay: Ivan Cardoso
Dir. of Photography: Ivan Cardoso, Cezar Elias, Eduardo Viveiros, Renato Lacletti
Music: Julio Medaglia
Editor: Gurcius Gewdner
Art Director: Ivan Cardoso
Producer: Ivan Cardoso
Production: Topázio Filmes
Cast: Wilson Grey, José Mojica Marins, Claudia Ohana
Sales: Topázio Filmes

Guests

Ivan Cardoso

Film Director

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