Library – Database
Cinemateca Brasileira (SP)
The library has an important archive with cinema books, articles, press releases, magazines, photo archive, movie companies’ archives and folders about films, directors and actors, etc.
Cinemateca Brasileira (SP) – personal archives
Archives of Paulo Emilio Salles Gomes, Glauber Rocha, Jean-Claude Bernardet, Pedro Lima and Thomas Farkas Collection (partial information).
Museu Lasar Segall/Museum Lasar Segall
Library specialized in cinema, theatre, photography, arts.
Universidade de São Paulo/University of São Paulo (usp)
Universidade de São Carlos/University of Sao Carlos (UFSCar)
Information about archives
Funarte – Fundação Nacional das Artes/National Arts Foundation
Funarte has a good archive on art, music and theatre. They have an online catalog and a lot of info, music, video and texts are digitalized.
Museu da Imagem e do Som/Museum of Image and Sound (MIS)
MIS is an archive with recorded interviews since the 70s and 60s – a lot of useful things. Interviews are not allowed to be copied, so require transcription using headphones. Heard statements from artists, reviewers, industry types, radio DJs, composers and so on – interesting and useful.
MIs has also photographs, films, videos, posters, sound and image equipment, sound records, interviews with Brazilian personalities.
Instituto Moreira Salles /Institute Moreira Salles
Institute Moreira Salles archive has good online resources where old content can be listened to online.
Arquivo Nacional/National Archive
Access to different databases, for exemple – Archive of Agência Nacional Newspaper Cinema, Ferrez Family Archive.
Arquivo Público do Estado de São Paulo/ Public Archive of São Paulo State (APESP)
The archive has access to some film periodicals. It also includes the documentation of the city of São Paulo and rare books of general culture.
Brazilian Theses online
Domínio Público/Public Domain
Website contains theses and also rare Brazilian books and music.
Universidade de São Carlos/University of Sao Carlos
Universidade de São Paulo/University of Sao Paulo
FB (Filmografia Brasileira) – Cinemateca Brasileira
Information about the production, exhibition, cast and synopsis of the films.
To see Brazilians films
How to see films in Cinematecas
Cinemateca do MAM (Rio de Janeiro) and Cinemateca Brasileira (Sao Paulo) have negatives and prints of films, even though the vast majority of films and negatives are stored in São Paulo. Content stored in these archives are only available for viewing in the institutions themselves.
Cinemateca Brasileira – Movie list in Library (VHS, DVD, Blue-Ray)
Escola de Comunicações e Artes/University of São Paulo – Movie list (VHS, DVD)
Buying Brazilian books online
To buy new books, DVDs and CDs – Livraria Cultura
To buy old and new books – Estante Virtual (only in Brazil)
Biblioteca Nacional – Hemeroteca Digital/ National Library
There are a huge number of rich digitalized periodicals at the National Library – Biblioteca Nacional do Brasil; they allow searching by title, word, city and date.
Jornal do Brasil
Online copies of the Journal dating back to 1800, however there is no search tool.
O Estado de S. Paulo
Online archive dating back to 1800, but to have access you have to pay.
Folha de S.Paulo
Online access to following newspapers: Folha de S. Paulo, Folha da Noite and Folha da Manhã.
Online access is limited.
A Scena Muda (Magazine)
Film and Censorship
Memória do Cinema brasileiro/ Memory of Brazilian Cinema
The website contains online censorship proceedings, critics and press material on the films and directors (1964-1988).
Memórias Reveladas do Arquivo Nacional/ Revealed Memories from National Archive
Archive about dictatorship and censorship in Brazil. There is also information about cinema (directors, films, newspapers).
SBAT (Sociedade Brasileira de Autores Teatrais)/ Brazilian Society of Theatre Authors
The archive in RJ and SP has plays and documents.
Arquivo Miroel Silveira/Miroel Silveira Archive (ECA/USP)
The archive (SP) contains plays, censorship documents and information about exhibition.
This resource has very strong statistical analyses of films, but has been difficult to access outside of Brazil.
About Movie Theatre
Salas de Cinema em São Paulo/Movie Theatre in Sao Paulo (1895-1929)
Website about Sao Paulo movie theatre with access to documents.