Azyllo Muito Louco / A Very Crazy Asylum / The Alienist (1970) DVD9
The military coup led to a dictatorship whose rule over Brazil lasted until 1985. Pereira escaped censorship during these years partly by shifting further toward allegory. In Azyllo Muito Louco (1970), set in an asylum, Santo’s used Machado de Assis’ 1898 novel “O Alienista” as the basis to create an allegorical commentary on Brazilian political history.

The story concerns a priest/psychiatrist who convinces the powers-that-be in a small Brazilian town that the mental health of its citizens must be attended to-then keeps changing the criteria for admission to his hospital so that, in the end, all are candidates for the loony bin.

DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 01:19:54 | 5.25 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Portugues
Subtitles: English, Portugues, Espanol
Genre: Comedy, Drama

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Cast: Nildo Parente, Isabel Ribeiro, Arduino Colassanti
Country: Brazil

-- Short: A Missa do Galo (1982) (24:46)
-- Short: O Rio de Machado de Assis (1965) (12:58)
-- What is behind the tales (9:40)

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