Lecture-Tradition and Transformation
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Assis Chateaubriand's death, a film about his trajectory, important in the history of Brazil, will be shown.
Francisco de Assis Chateaubriand Bandeira de Melo, best known as Assis Chateaubriand and also nicknamed Chatô born October 4, 1892 and died April 4, 1968, was a Brazilian lawyer, journalist, politician and diplomat. He was born in Umbuzeiro, state of Paraíba, in the Northeast of Brazil. He was one of the most influential public figures in Brazil during the 1940s and the 1950s, becoming notable as a journalist, an entrepreneur, an arts patron as well as a politician. Chateaubriand was appointed Ambassador of Brazil to the United Kingdom, position he held from 1957 to 1961. He was also a lawyer and professor of law, writer and member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters, occupying its 37th chair from 1954 until his death in 1968.
Chateaubriand was a media mogul in Brazil between the late 1930s and the early 1960s and the owner of Diários Associados, a conglomerate that counted at its peak more than a hundred newspapers, radio and TV stations, magazines and a telegraphic agency. He is also known as the co-creator and founder, in 1947, of the São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP), together with Pietro Maria Bardi. Chateubriand also founded the first television network of Latin America and the fifth in the world (Tupi TV). He was Senator of the Republic between 1952 and 1957.
An often polemic and controversial figure, hated and feared, Chateaubriand has also been nicknamed "the Brazilian Citizen Kane" and accused of unethical behavior, for allegedly blackmailing companies that did not place ads in his media vehicles, and for insulting entrepreneurs with lies (such as industry owner Count Francesco Matarazzo). His empire would have been built based on political interests and agreements, including tumultuous but profitable ties with Brazilian President Getúlio Vargas.
This movie is inspired by Fernando Morais's best-selling e-book, he tells the story of the life and work of Assis Chateaubriand. In his delirium, Chatô sees himself inside a live TV show, broadcast throughout the country, showing the adventure that was building and declining his empire of radios, newspapers and TVs. A dispute of love and power in an epic plot about the communications magnate in Brazil. The movie was launched in Brazil in 2015 by Guilherme Fontes.
Date and Time: Tuesday, April 17 2018 at 18h00
Address: Centro Cultural Brasil Moçambique, Av. 25 de Setembro no. 1728, Maputo