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The soundtrack analysis for Cidade de Deus (City of God) (2002) demonstrates how the 1960s Samba songs ‘Alvorada’ (‘Dawn’) and ‘Preciso Me Encontrar’ (‘I Need to Find Myself’) used in the film represent the samba lírico-amoroso and the depictions of rural living, idyllic favela, naivety and the hope and desire for a better life as well as a love for the romantic frustrations in the life of the malandro. As the story of the film moves into a new period and the favela descends into a world of drugs, violence and death, Samba changes its use and representational function in the film.

Keywords: Brazilian films; Samba; cinema novo; favela; malandros; popular music; pre-existing music; samba lírico-amoroso

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2017

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  • The Soundtrack is a multi-disciplinary journal which brings together research in the area of music and sound in relation to film and other moving image media. A complex cultural, technological, industrial and artistic phenomenon, sound-with-moving image is a rich area for analysis, investigation and speculation. We encourage writing that is accessible to audiences from a diversity of intellectual backgrounds and disciplines as well as providing a forum for practitioners. The Soundtrack's aim is to nurture this new and expanding area of academic investigation in dialogue with soundtrack producers of all kinds.
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