Brazilian Films Flashback

Starting out in the early 20th Century, Brazilian cinema has long been the national cinema of choice in South America, often over Hollywood. Brazilian films are characteristically confrontational and sometimes violent as they show the realistic plights of many of those living in slums and amongst gangs, while also celebrating the vibrant and colourful Brazilian culture. It is known for it’s ‘realism’ and unwillingness to shy away from the sometimes harsh truth, as it explores religious, economic and urban conflicts. Its largely independent nature sets it apart from traditional Hollywood cinema with some films, such as City of God (2002), even having gone on to be nominated for the Academy Awards among others and are still today praised as classics.

Check out CulturalPulse’s shortlist of the best Brazilian films over the past 70 years below.

50's

Cangaceiro (1953)

Genre: Action, Drama, History
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Director: Lima Barreto
Stars:  Alberto Ruschel, Marisa Prado, Milton Ribeiro, Vanja Orico
Synopsis: Brazilian movie inspired by American westerns (but losing none of its cultural integrity) about Cangaceiro (bandit) Teodoro who falls in love with a small town school teacher who his gang…  See full summary »

Rio, 40 Degrees (1955)

Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.4
Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Stars: Modesto De Souza, Roberto Bataglin, Jece Valadão, Ana Beatriz
Synopsis: A semi-documentary on the people of Rio de Janeiro. The camera follows boys from a hillside shanty town who sell peanuts at Copacabana, Sugar Loaf Mountain, and a soccer game. Various …  See full summary »

Rio, Zona Norte (1957)

Genre: Drama, Music
IMDB Rating: 7.5
Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Stars: Grande Otelo, Jece Valadão, Malu Maia, Maria Petar
Synopsis: A talented songwriter of sambas is forced to face the social injustices of the city around him.  See full summary »

The Grand Moment (1958)

Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Director: Roberto Santos
Stars: Gianfrancesco Guarnieri, Myriam Pérsia, Vera Gertel, Jaime Barcellos
Synopsis: On the day of his wedding, young man from a family of immigrants faces some problems to get the money needed for the last arrangements. The family do what they can in order to honour the great event, selling personal belongings and buying enough supplies for a decent party.  See full summary »

Black Orpheus (1959)

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Music
IMDB Rating: 7.5
Director: Marcel Camus
Stars: Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, Lourdes de Oliveira, Léa Garcia
Synopsis: A retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, set during the time of the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro.  See full summary »

O Homem do Sputnik (1959)

Genre: Comedy
IMDB Rating: 7.1
Director: Carlos Manga
Stars: Oscarito, Cyl Farney, Zezé Macedo, Neide Aparecida
Synopsis: UFO falls on a hillbilly’s hencoop and he tries to sell it. Soon international missions are sent to the place, for there’s a suspicion it might be the famous Russian satellite, the Sputnik.  See full summary »

60's

Bahia de Todos os Santos (1960)

Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.5
Director: José Hipolito Trigueirinho Neto
Stars: Lola Brah, Sadi Cabral, Francisco Contreras, Maria Lúcia Dahl
Synopsis: Presenting a portrait of the Bahian people this documentary captures their spirit, their music, their culture and their religion. It features rarely seen footage of unique Candomble ceremonies of the local religion which melds Catholic and African beliefs. See full summary »

A Grande Feira (1961)

Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.5
Director: Roberto Pires
Stars: Geraldo Del Rey, Helena Ignez, Luiza Maranhão, Antonio Pitanga
Synopsis: Made in the famous “Água de Meninos” market, the greatest popular market in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Salvador is revealed without prejudices, from the world of high finance up to the sordid… See full summary »

The Given Word (1962)

Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 8.3
Director: Anselmo Duarte
Stars: Leonardo Villar, Glória Menezes, Dionísio Azevedo, Geraldo Del Rey
Synopsis: A simple yet devout Christian makes a vow to Saint Barbara after she saves his donkey, but everyone he meets seems determined to misunderstand his intentions. Will he be able to keep his promise in the end? See full summary »

Assault on the Pay Train (1962)

Genre: Crime, Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.8
Director: Roberto Farias
Stars: Eliezer Gomes, Reginaldo Faria, Jorge Dória, Átila Iório
Synopsis: Film about the true events in Rio de Janeiro, in 1960, when a gang having the infamous outlaw Tião Medonho as a leader performed a sensational railroad hold-up on a train carrying a small fortune. See full summary »

Barren Lives (1963)

Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.6
Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Stars: Átila Iório, Maria Ribeiro, Orlando Macedo, Joffre Soares
Synopsis: A poor family in the Northeast of Brazil (Fabiano, the father; Sinhá Vitória, the mother; their 2 children and a dog called Baleia) wander about the barren land searching for a better place… See full summary »

The Guns (1964)

Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.5
Director: Ruy Guerra
Stars: Átila Iório, Nelson Xavier, Maria Gladys, Leonidas Bayer
Synopsis: In an extremely poor region in the Northeast of Brazil, a group of soldiers try to stop the population from sacking a food deposit. See full summary »

São Paulo, Sociedade Anônima (1965)

Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 8
Director: Luiz Sérgio Person
Stars: Ana Esmeralda, Eva Wilma, Otelo Zeloni, Walmor Chagas
Synopsis: A man lives in conflict as he deals with his friends and love interests against the backdrop of São Paulo. See full summary »

The Deceased (1965)

Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.5
Director: Leon Hirszman
Stars: Fernanda Montenegro, Paulo Gracindo, Ivan Cândido, Nelson Xavier
Synopsis: Woman who is obsessed with death wants a first-class burial for herself, and even buys a luxury coffin beforehand. See full summary »

Case of the Naves Brothers (1967)

Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.9
Director: Luiz Sérgio Person
Stars: Anselmo Duarte, Raul Cortez, Juca de Oliveira, Sérgio Hingst
Synopsis: The innocent brothers are wrongly accused of a crime by a corrupt and violent police officers and are forced to face the injustices of the brazilian penal system. See full summary »

Em Compasso de Espera (1969)

Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.8
Director: Antunes Filho
Stars: Zózimo Bulbul, Renée de Vielmond, Elida Gay Palmer, Karin Rodrigues
Synopsis: Antunes Filho’s Em Compasso de Espera is a film which promotes the idea of race equality by means of showing various struggles that the main hero has to go through. Black self awareness in… See full summary »

70's

O País de São Saruê (1971)

Genre: Documentary
IMDB Rating: 7.9
Director: Vladimir Carvalho
Stars: Paulo Pontes, Echio Reis
Synopsis: Documentary about a region in Northeast Brazil, situated in an area subject to severe drought, and the evolution of its economic activities. See full summary »

São Bernardo (1972)

Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.6
Director: Leon Hirszman
Stars: Othon Bastos, Isabel Ribeiro, Nildo Parente, Vanda Lacerda
Synopsis: The story of Paulo Honório, a poor kid who becomes a rich farmer. Obsessed by his desire to get even richer, he doesn’t pay much attention to his wife, Madalena, a teacher who reacts against his tyrannical ways. See full summary »

O Grande Xerife (1972)

Genre: Comedy, Western
IMDB Rating: 7.1
Director: Pio Zamuner
Stars: Amácio Mazzaropi, Patrícia Mayo, Paulo Bonelli, Tony Cardi
Synopsis: Inácio Pororoca is responsible for the local mail in an old west town. One day there comes bandit João Bigode, who kills the sheriff and puts Inácio on his place, just for fun. But Inácio… See full summary »

All Nudity Shall Be Punished (1973)

Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.2
Director: Arnaldo Jabor
Stars: Paulo Porto, Darlene Glória, Elza Gomes, Paulo César Peréio
Synopsis: Rich, spoiled youngman encounters a prostitute, and gets confused about the nature of his feelings for her; he can’t decide between attraction, and repulsion. See full summary »

The Devil Queen (1974)

Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.1
Director: Antonio Carlos da Fontoura
Stars: Milton Gonçalves, Odete Lara, Stepan Nercessian, Nelson Xavier
Synopsis: Crime queen and drug dealer, Diaba finds out that the police are after his protégé and decides to “make up” a new bandit to turn in in his place. See full summary »

Iracema – Uma Transa Amazônica (1975)

Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.2
Director: Jorge Bodanzky
Stars: Paulo César Peréio, Edna de Cássia, Lúcio Dos Santos, Elma Martins
Synopsis: Truck driver travelling along the Transamazonic Road, a huge highway in Brazil that crosses the Amazon forest, meets a prostitute and slowly becomes aware of the problems in that region. See full summary »

Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (1976)

Genre: Comedy
IMDB Rating: 7.1
Director: Bruno Barreto
Stars: Sônia Braga, José Wilker, Mauro Mendonça, Dinorah Brillanti
Synopsis: In a small city of Brazil, a woman named Flor marries a man named Vadinho, but once married she finds that he is a good-for-nothing. She works teaching cooking and he takes all of her money… See full summary »

Lucio Flavio (1977)

Genre: Crime, Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Director: Hector Babenco
Stars: Reginaldo Faria, Ana Maria Magalhães, Milton Gonçalves, Paulo César Peréio
Synopsis: History of a famous Brazilian bandit of the early seventies. See full summary »

In the Mouth of the World (1978)

Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
IMDB Rating: 7.2
Director: Antonio Pitanga
Stars: Norma Bengell, Antonio Pitanga, Sibele Rubia, Angelito Mello
Synopsis: Antônio loves Terezinha and his goal is to leave Atafona, a small fishing town, that offers no greater prospects of life. He works at a gas station, while she spends sells crabs to the few … See full summary »

Sea of Roses (1978)

Genre: Comedy, Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.2
Director: Ana Carolina
Stars: Norma Bengell, Otávio Augusto, Myrian Muniz, Ary Fontoura
Synopsis: Woman runs away having the company of her daughter, the ultimate brat, in a journey full of bizarre events. See full summary »

80's

Bye Bye Brasil (1980)

Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.5
Director: Carlos Diegues
Stars: José Wilker, Betty Faria, Fábio Jr., Zaira Zambelli
Synopsis: The Caravana Rolidei rolls into town with the Gypsy Lord at the mike: he does magic tricks, the erotic Salomé dances, and the mute Swallow performs feats of strength. A young accordion… See full summary »

O Homem que Virou Suco (1980)

Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Director: João Batista de Andrade
Stars: Aldo Bueno, Rafael de Carvalho, Ruthinéa de Moraes, Denoy de Oliveira
Synopsis: São Paulo police mistakenly thinks a folk poet and singer is the same man who had stabbed his boss. See full summary »

They Don’t Wear Black Tie (1981)

Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 8.2
Director: Leon Hirszman
Stars: Gianfrancesco Guarnieri, Fernanda Montenegro, Carlos Alberto Riccelli, Bete Mendes
Synopsis: Union leader’s son doesn’t want to engage in a strike, because his wife is pregnant, thus disregarding his father’s tradition of political activism. See full summary »

Pixote (1981)

Genre: Crime, Drama
IMDB Rating: 8
Director: Hector Babenco
Stars: Fernando Ramos da Silva, Jorge Julião, Gilberto Moura, Edilson Lino
Synopsis: The life of a boy in the streets of Sao Paulo, involved with crimes, prostitution and drugs. See full summary »

Life and Death Severina (1981)

Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.7
Director: Walter Avancini
Stars: Tânia Alves, Aidil Araújo, Aguinaldo Batista, Márcia Cabral
Synopsis: The saga of Severino, a poor guy living in the back country of Northeast Brazil, leaving for the big city of Recife, in search of a better life. See full summary »

Twenty Years Later (1984)

Genre: Documentary
IMDB Rating: 8.4
Director: Eduardo Coutinho
Stars: Eduardo Coutinho, Tite de Lemos, Ferreira Gullar
Synopsis: Eduardo Coutinho was filming a movie with the same name in the Northeast of Brazil, in 1964, when there came the military coup. He had to interrupt the project, and came back to it in 1981,… See full summary »

Memórias do Cárcere (1984)

Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.5
Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Stars: Carlos Vereza, Glória Pires, Nildo Parente, José Dumont
Synopsis: Graciliano Ramos’ period he spent in prison after being considered a subversive element by the government. See full summary »

Hour of the Star (1985)

Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.4
Director: Suzana Amaral
Stars: Marcelia Cartaxo, José Dumont, Tamara Taxman, Fernanda Montenegro
Synopsis: Macabea has just moved to the big city after her aunt, who raised her, died. She gets a job as a typist and moves into a boarding house with three other women. In her spare time she listens… See full summary »

Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)

Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.4
Director: Hector Babenco
Stars: William Hurt, Raul Julia, Sônia Braga, José Lewgoy
Synopsis: A gay man and a political prisoner are together in a prison. The gay man narrates the stories of two fake movies and his own life. See full summary »

Isle of Flowers (1989)

Genre: Documentary, Short
IMDB Rating: 8.5
Director: Jorge Furtado
Stars: Paulo José, Ciça Reckziegel, Douglas Trainini, Júlia Barth
Synopsis: The ironic, heartbreaking and acid “saga” of a spoiled tomato: from the plantation of a “Nisei” (Brazilian with Japanese origins); to a supermarket; to a consumer’s kitchen to become sauce… See full summary »

90's

Buccaneer Soul (1993)

Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.1
Director: Carlos Reichenbach
Stars: Bertrand Duarte, Jandir Ferrari, Andrea Richa, Flor
Synopsis: Two friends release a book called “Western Feeling”. During the launch party, they meet people that remember them of several episodes from their youth. See full summary »

Foreign Land  (1995)

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.5
Director: Walter Salles
Stars: Fernanda Torres, Fernando Alves Pinto, Alexandre Borges, Luís Melo
Synopsis: After the death of his mother, a young Brazilian decides to leave his country and travel to his mother’s native land. In a foreign land, he finds love and danger. See full summary »

Como Nascem os Anjos (1996)

Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.2
Director: Murilo Salles
Stars: Priscila Assum, Silvio Guindane, Larry Pine, Ryan Massey
Synopsis: Two children flee together with a grown up from a slum in Rio because this older person has had problems with the local drug lord. They end up in the house where a rich American lives with … See full summary »

O Velho: A História de Luiz Carlos Prestes (1997)

Genre: Documentary
IMDB Rating: 7.5
Director: Toni Venturi
Stars: Leonel Brizola, Eliane Brum, Carlos Heitor Cony, Luís Carlos Prestes Filho
Synopsis: Brazil’s history during the 20th Century serves as a background to Luiz Carlos Prestes’s curious course. The Knight of Hope, as he was known, took part in the epic march of rebellious … See full summary »

Four Days in September (1997)

Genre: Action, Drama, History
IMDB Rating: 7.4
Director: Bruno Barreto
Stars: Alan Arkin, Pedro Cardoso, Fernanda Torres, Luiz Fernando Guimarães
Synopsis: Fernando, a journalist, and his friend César join terrorist group MR8 in order to fight Brazilian dictatorial regime during the late sixties. Cesare, however, is wounded and captured during… See full summary »

Baile Perfumado (1997)

Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Director: Paulo Caldas
Stars: Duda Mamberti, Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos, Aramis Trindade, Chico Díaz
Synopsis: A Lebanese photographer living in Brazil in the ’30s manages to take pictures of Lampião, a legendary Brazilian outlaw, kind of a tropical Robin Hood. See full summary »

The Oyster and the Wind (1997)

Genre: Fantasy, Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.2
Director: Walter Lima Jr.
Stars: Lima Duarte, Fernando Torres, Leandra Leal, Floriano Peixoto
Synopsis: A fantasy/mystery about the disappearance of a lighthouse owner and his daughter. See full summary »

Central Station (1998)

Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 8
Director: Walter Salles
Stars: Fernanda Montenegro, Vinícius de Oliveira, Marília Pêra, Soia Lira
Synopsis: An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew. See full summary »

News from a Personal War (1999)

Genre: Documentary
IMDB Rating: 8.1
Director: Kátia Lund
Stars: Nilton Cerqueira, Carlos Luis Gregório, Paulo Lins, Hélio Luz
Synopsis: Documentary about urban violence in Brazil, especially in Rio de Janeiro. Policemen, drug dealers, and shantytown dwellers get trapped into a daily war that knows no winners. See full summary »

Dois Córregos: Verdades Submersas no Tempo (1999)

Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.2
Director: Carlos Reichenbach
Stars: Carlos Alberto Riccelli, Beth Goulart, Ingra Lyberato, Vanessa Goulart
Synopsis: Young executive woman returns to small town of Dois Córregos and remembers the time, in the late 1960s, when she met her uncle there, a man who was running away from the military dictatorship ruling Brazil at the time. See full summary »

00's

A Dog’s Will (2000)

Genre: Adventure, Comedy
IMDB Rating: 8.6
Director: Guel Arraes
Stars: Matheus Nachtergaele, Selton Mello, Rogério Cardoso, Denise Fraga
Synopsis: The lively João Grilo and the sly Chicó are poor guys living in the hinterland who cheat a bunch of people in a small Northeast Brazil town. But when they die, they have to be judged by … See full summary »

City of God  (2002)

Genre: Crime, Drama
IMDB Rating: 8.6
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Stars: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Matheus Nachtergaele, Phellipe Haagensen
Synopsis: In the slums of Rio, two kids’ paths diverge as one struggles to become a photographer and the other a kingpin. See full summary »

Edifício Master (2002)

Genre: Documentary
IMDB Rating: 8.4
Director: Eduardo Coutinho
Stars: Fernando José
Synopsis: The daily lives and routine of 37 families living in a huge 12-story building in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro: their drama, aspirations, intimate revelations, loneliness, dreams… See full summary »

Estamira (2004)

Genre: Documentary
IMDB Rating: 8.1
Director: Marcos Prado
Stars: Estamira
Synopsis: Documentary about Estamira, a 63-year-old woman who’s been working for over 20 years at a landfill in Rio de Janeiro. Schizophrenic, but very charismatic, she’s the leader of a small … See full summary »

Playing (2007)

Genre: Documentary, Drama
IMDB Rating: 8.5
Director: Eduardo Coutinho
Stars: Marília Pêra, Andrea Beltrão, Fernanda Torres, Aleta Gomes Vieira
Synopsis: Following a newspaper ad, ordinary women tell part of their life stories to director Eduardo Coutinho, which are then re-enacted by actresses, blurring the barriers between truth, fiction and interpretation. See full summary »

Elite Squad (2007)

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
IMDB Rating: 8.1
Director: José Padilha
Stars: Wagner Moura, André Ramiro, Caio Junqueira, Milhem Cortaz
Synopsis: 1997, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his occupation while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope comes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. See full summary »

Dzi Croquettes (2009)

Genre: Documentary, Biography, Drama
IMDB Rating: 8
Director: Raphael Alvarez
Stars: Josephine Baker, Ciro Barcelos, Norma Bengell, Maria Zilda Bethlem
Synopsis: A Brazilian Theater group that through talent, irony and humor confronted the Brazilian violent dictatorship in the 1970’s revolutionizing the gay movement worldwide and changing theater and dance language to an entire generation. See full summary »

10's

I Don’t Want to Go Back Alone (2010)

Genre: Short, Drama, Romance
IMDB Rating: 8.2
Director: Daniel Ribeiro
Stars: Ghilherme Lobo, Tess Amorim, Fabio Audi, Nora Toledo
Synopsis: The arrival of a new student in school changes Leonardo’s life. This 15 year-old blind teenager has to deal with the jealousy of his friend Giovana while figuring out the new feelings he’s having towards his new friend, Gabriel. See full summary »

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010)

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
IMDB Rating: 8
Director: José Padilha
Stars: Wagner Moura, Irandhir Santos, André Ramiro, Milhem Cortaz
Synopsis: After a prison riot, former-Captain Nascimento, now a high ranking security officer in Rio de Janeiro, is swept into a bloody political dispute that involves government officials and paramilitary groups. See full summary »

Waste Land (2010)

Genre: Documentary
IMDB Rating: 7.9
Director: Lucy Walker
Stars: Vik Muniz
Synopsis: On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives. See full summary »

Raul: O Início, o Fim e o Meio (2012)

Genre: Documentary
IMDB Rating: 8
Director: Walter Carvalho
Stars: Roberto Carlos, Paulo Coelho, Daniel de Oliveira, Tárik de Souza
Synopsis: The film tells the story of Raul Seixas, a Brazilian rock legend. The documentary unveils by rare archival images, meeting with family, conversations with artists, producers and friends, the trajectory of the artist, who died in 1989. See full summary »

The Salt of the Earth (2014)

Genre: Documentary, Biography, History
IMDB Rating: 8.4
Director: Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
Stars: Sebastião Salgado, Wim Wenders, Lélia Wanick Salgado, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
Synopsis: The life and work of photographer Sebastião Salgado, who has spent forty years documenting deprived societies in hidden corners of the world. See full summary »

Cássia (2014)

Genre: Documentary, Biography
IMDB Rating: 8.3
Director: Paulo Henrique Fontenelle
Stars: Dave Grohl, Malu Mader, Fernanda Torres, Hebe Camargo
Synopsis: Biography of Brazilian singer Cássia Eller. See full summary »

A História Da Eternidade (2014)

Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
IMDB Rating: 7.9
Director: Camilo Cavalcante
Stars: Marcelia Cartaxo, Leonardo França, Débora Ingrid, Claudio Jaborandy
Synopsis: The History of Eternity is a synesthetic essay about love, desires and dreams. The entire narrative takes place in the same village with approximately 40 inhabitants in a desert landscape, … See full summary »

The Way He Looks (2014)

Genre: Drama, Romance
IMDB Rating: 7.9
Director: Daniel Ribeiro
Stars: Ghilherme Lobo, Fabio Audi, Tess Amorim, Lúcia Romano
Synopsis: Leonardo is a blind teenager searching for independence. His everyday life, the relationship with his best friend, Giovana, and the way he sees the world change completely with the arrival of Gabriel… See full summary »

The Second Mother (2015)

Genre: Comedy, Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.8
Director: Anna Muylaert
Stars: Regina Casé, Helena Albergaria, Michel Joelsas, Camila Márdila
Synopsis: When the estranged daughter of a hard-working live-in housekeeper suddenly appears, the unspoken class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray… See full summary »

Bingo: The King of the Mornings (2017)

Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
IMDB Rating: 8
Director: Daniel Rezende
Stars: Vladimir Brichta, Leandra Leal, Tainá Müller, Augusto Madeira
Synopsis: Based on a true story, “Bingo” is a film about the man behind the mask. Augusto is an actor hungry for a place in the spotlight, following the footsteps of his mother, a stage artist in the… See full summary »