Cinema and the city interacting

This article seeks to explore the relationship between the activity of film exhibition and the dynamics of transformation of ways of life in the city of São Paulo. From a historiographical approach, different contexts of interaction between cinema consumption and urban habits in the city are outlined, in a chronological journey that has as its destination, and purpose, the debate about the virtualization of ways of life in contemporary metropolises, a context particularly accentuated by the Covid-19 pandemic. To this end, the text is divided into three sections. In the first, it explores the participation of movie theaters in shaping modern São Paulo, in a process that leads to the rise of both the exhibition activity and the very conditions of urbanity. The second moment includes a period of reconfiguration of the exhibition circuit, which went from defining the city to being defined by it, both guided by a trend towards the privatization of urban life. The third moment, which is still ongoing, finally refers to the consolidation of the digital environment and the new perspectives that derive from it, both for cinema and for the city. In a scenario of inevitable impact in the face of the virtualization of urban living habits, fundamental questions emerge for contemporary urban studies, among which one stands out in particular: the relationship between current film consumption practices and the emptying of public space in large cities. Access here.




Ana Carolina Louback Lopes


CIDADES comunidades e territórios