About the film
Rio, 40 Degrees C.
Release Date: August 24, 1955
|Production Companies||:||Equipe Moacyr Fenelon|
|Director||:||Nelson Pereira dos Santos|
|Writers||:||Nelson Pereira dos Santos|
Banned by Brazil’s Federal Department of Public Safety, Rio, 40 Graus is a landmark film that ushered in the wave of Cinema Novo in Brazil. The film chronicles a day in the life of five peanut vendors from Rio de Janeiro's favelas. This was one of the first Brazilian films to address the issues of race, poverty, and class.