Tropicalia starts with an interview with two of the main protagonists of the movement, Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso, explaining that the movement is over as they are no longer in Brazil. Whilst this intrigued me, it left me wondering for at least the first half hour or so what on earth the Tropicalia movement was. I was so pleased that they revisited this scene after explanation.
So, Tropicalia was a Brazilian artistic movement of the late 1960s which combined art forms to create something new. It’s very hippy, but totally catchy. Gil and Veloso were arrested for the political content of their music, and eventually ended up living in England, bringing us back to the interview at the start.
The documentary is informative and entertaining, with a mix of old and new interviews and footage, and large number of performances from the various artists, including my new favourite, Os Mutantes.