Maria Bethania: Music is Perfume (Maria Bethania: Musica e Perfume)
Maria Bethania: Music is Perfume (Maria Bethania: Musica e Perfume) (2008)

The film enters the universe of Maria Bethania, the famous Brazilian singer, providing insight into the intimate sphere of Bethania's creative process while focusing on the history of Brazilian music. First a muse of the so-called… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 29, 2008
DVD Release Date: June 30, 2003
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Onstage or in rehearsal, surrounded by familiars or alone with the camera, Ms. Bethnia is an expressive force of nature whose honeyed voice could lure sailors to their doom.

Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine

No musical track is cut-off -- you get the entire cookie instead of a bunch of crumbs.

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Matt Noller
Slant Magazine

A documentary of interest only to those already familiar with its subject.

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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice

As artistically temperate as the now silver-maned Brazilian contralto.

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Louis Proyect

An intimate film about the artistic and social visions of one of Brazil's most respected singers.

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Kam Williams

A performance-driven bio-pic which features plenty of concert footage, offset by interviews with friends, family (including her brother, renowned composer Caetano Veloso) and Maria herself.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

Whether she's singing to a crowd of thousands or alone in the studio, the singer is a charming presence throughout.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

Maria Bethania fans will love this film.

Ken Eisner
Georgia Straight

Pic sticks to musical side of the best-known woman exponent of the 1970s movement known as tropicalia, and that works fine, as the gray-maned diva has plenty to say in that department.

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