Central Station Film Analysis

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Central Station Film Analysis
In the film Central Station (Central do Brasil), Walter Salles presents the characters as on a journey to self-discovery. It is a film about identity. Central Station is a melodrama of transformation based on an anomalous-duo comprising of Dora, a jaded retired schoolteacher, and Josué, a nine year-old boy, who embark on a cross-country journey in search of the boy’s father upon the unfortunate death of his mother. The film presents its analysts with many possible interpretations and significations due to its combination of different themes, visual allusions and narrative elements. Central do Brasil film can be interpreted in three ways: as an extended metaphor on the writing process and a narration of personal stories and experiences, as a figurative journey of Brazilian search for its identity depicted in Dora’s transformation and Josué’s quest for his roots, and as a theological allegory inviting a “theological reading of humans struggling to maintain a relationship to an absent God” (Bowman 1). Through a detailed analysis film’s content, production, and reception, this paper interprets Central do Brasil as an allegory representing the pursuit for identity and transformation.
The first scene of the movie opens with long shots and tracking shots of multitudes of Brazilians streaming and forcing their way in and out of the Rio de Janeiro train’s doors and windows scrambling for sitting and standing spaces, juxtaposed with cut edits of medium
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