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  • Summary: Dzi Croquettes: A Brazilian groundbreaking theater group that through talent, dance, political satire, and humor confronted the Brazilian violent dictatorship—the AI-5, the most infamous Institutional Act that overruled the Nation's Constitution; allowing unlimited power to the President and finally closing the Congress.
    Founded by American Lennie Dale-- “a rebel too good to be part of a Broadway chorus line”, according to choreographer Ron Lewis-- and Brazilian artist-thinker Wagner Ribeiro, this hypnotically sensual 13-member Dzi Croquettes group took Brazil and Europe by storm, attracted Liza Minnelli who became their godmother of sorts, and brought celebrity hype with front-row fans including Mick Jagger, Omar Sharif, Jeanne Moreau, Catherine Deneuve, Marisa Berenson, and Maurice Béjart, among others. Not a word could be found about Dzi Croquettes group until directors Raphael Alvarez and Tatiana Issa—raised since 3 years of age within the group because of her father’s work as set designer—unraveled around the world lost footage, as well as put together within Brazil’s political and musical context of the time, famous Brazilian artists who manifest their passionate testimonies about the group’s transformational influence over them. (TRIA Productions)
  • Director: Raphael Alvarez
  • Genre(s): Biography, Drama, Music, Musical, Documentary
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 110 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Nov 16, 2011
    It's the mind-blowing performance footage (and there's lots of it) that makes this a must-see film.
  2. Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    Nov 16, 2011
    Dzi Croquettes is both a tribute and a terrific entertainment.
  3. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    Nov 16, 2011
    What's easy to appreciate in the documentary, however, is the way it reassembles the Dzi Croquettes' trajectory without polishing off its jagged edges. It's through their brilliance and their flaws that they become muses.
  4. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    Nov 16, 2011
    Resembling an all-male late-20th-century version of the Ziegfeld Follies, the cabaret group Dzi Croquettes used an empowering sexuality to counter Brazil's military dictatorship. Dzi Croquettes -- the Documentary is Tatiana Issa and Raphael Alvarez's pleasure-packed exploration of the group's impact.
  5. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Nov 17, 2011
    If the film doesn't measure up as a piece of historical scholarship, it does manage to be a rather touching exploration of the troupe's life cycle: achieving notoriety, then being torn apart by fame, then being destroyed by forces beyond its control.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Nov 16, 2011
    Essentially a queer-cabaret-cum-performance-art-spectacle, the Croquettes went from local phenomenon to international sensation, opening up sexual mores in then-repressive Brazil and wowing Paris before their AIDS-fueled downfall.
  7. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    Nov 16, 2011
    Although the film recounts an intriguing slice of social history, it is too haphazard and repetitive to be truly memorable.