This is Bossa Nova - (The History and Stories)
"This is Bossa Nova (The History and Stories)" is the story of Bossa Nova, the Brazilian music born in the early fifties that would attain definite international recognition in 1962 with the memorable concert at New York's Carnegie Hall.
The music composed in that period would revolutionize Brazilian popular music composition--melody, harmony, and arrangements. Bossa Nova, with its famous beat and its romantic lyrics, augured a cheerful country, replete with Love, smiles and flowers. A radiant age when a group of youngsters from Rio's South Zone turned the country's music upside down, to the hue and cry of those both for and against the innovation, arguments now made obsolete by the immortalization of Bossa Nova which, forty years later, earns growing acclaim throughout the world.
Conducting the story are two of the great living composers from this movement: Roberto Menescal (composer of the classic "O Barquinho") and Carlos Lyra (of the timeless "Lobo Bobo", "Coisa Mais Linda" and "Você e Eu"). As they revisit some of the sites where musical history was made, the ongoing conversation between these two long-time friends, replete with amusing stories and anecdotes from when they first started their careers, transmits a sense of what it was like to live in an unforgettable era.
"This is Bossa Nova (The History and Stories)" includes interviews and exclusive musical performances with Roberto Menescal, Carlos Lyra, João Donato, Alaíde Costa, Johnny Alf, Kay Lyra, Lenny Andrade, Chris Delano, Joyce, Sergio Ricardo, Billy Blanco, among others-Bossa Nova musicians, composers and performers from then and now. Also included are exclusive archive material of international shows and performances of Brazilian and international artists who participated in the movement during its golden years.
Organized in blocks, the film focuses on Rhythm, Lyrics, Harmony, the seating arrangement (the stool occupied by the guitarist) and the Beat, with depositions by authors and thinkers dedicated to Bossa Nova culture, such as Sergio Cabral, Tarik de Souza, Arthur da Tavola, as well as other key participants, such as Miele and Nelson Motta, among others.
Special prominence is given to maestro Antonio Carlos Jobim, his career, and the composer duo formed by Tom and Vinicius de Moraes.
Homage is also paid to Nara Leão in a moving segment on Bossa Nova's Muse with photos, depositions, recordings and archive material.
The film is not, nor does it intend to be, a lesson. Its informal tone makes it an audiovisual documentation that delivers two hours of good music, entertainment and information about this Brazilian cultural landmark, the music that has found a place in the hearts, minds and ears of men and women around the world-Bossa Nova.
Cast and Credits - This is Bossa Nova (The History and Stories)
SCRIPTWRITER AND DIRECTOR
Pedro Antônio Paes
Iko Castro Neves
Oscar Castro Neves
Bebeto (Adalberto José de Castilho e Souza)
Tárik de Souza
Arthur da Távola
Otávio Terceiro (Moacyr Octávio Castilho)
Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, Inc.
Pérola Negra Produções Cinematográficas Ltda.
Drums: Carlos Ramon Montanhaur
Bass: Marcus Tadeu Brito de Souza
Guitar: André Luis Gonçalves
Bass: Luís Carlos Carvalho Alves
Drums: Roberto da Silva
Piano: José Gilberto Pires Estebez
Paulo Francisco Paes - in "Modinha"
Ricardo Camargos - in "Samba de Uma Nota Só"
ARRANGEMENT: Túlio Mourão for "Meditação" and " Minha Namorada"
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND CAMERA
Paulo Ricardo Nunes
Maria Cecília Costa
Jasmina di Mônaco
VITÓRIA PRODUÇÕES CINEMATOGRÁFICAS LTDA. 2005