The city built in cinema: an analysis of Kleber Mendonça Filho’s “The Sound Around”

Abstract: This monograph aims to identify and analyze the city experience constructed in Kleber Mendonça Filho’s film Neighboring sounds (2012). To answer this question, we start from a theoretical investigation that seeks to comprehend the relation between the urbe and its inhabitants. This bibliographic research, developed in the first chapter, is mainly based on studies from Michel de Certeau (2009, 2012), Roland Barthes (2001), Henry-Pierre Jeudy (2005), Armando Silva (2011), Zygmunt Bauman (2009), Ecléa Bosi (1994), Sandra Pesavento (2004), Adriano Rodrigues (2014) e Murray Schafer (2001). The city is seen as an experience in constant reconstruction through memory; negotiation with the other; appropriations and updating of physical space; soundscape; fear and collective affects. The second chapter presents a contextualization movement of the chosen film and the relation between city and cinema. A brief historic of the cinematographic production in Recife and the Kleber Mendonça Filho’s career are made. The chosen methodology is film analysis, based on studies done by Francis Vonoye e Anne Goliot-Lété (2012). Then, three analytical categories are created: same street, different territories; city watched; ghosts. The first category is about the formation of territories, identities and inequalities; the second talks about the constant fear, devices and practices of surveillance; the third puts in evidence memory and overlapping times. Access here.




Cássia Jorge Tavares