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Dzi Croquettes (2009)

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In 1964, a coup d'etat removed Brazilian president Joao Goulart from office, and a military dictatorship sprang up in his place. Brazil entered into a period of repressive politics, harsh government censorship and ugly reprisals against non-conformists and critics of the government, but a powerful voice of opposition came from a very unusual place. Lenny Dale was an American dancer and choreographer who had come to Brazil and fell in with a group of drag performers who had modeled themselves after the Cockettes, a flamboyant group of sexual anarchists who were making a name for themselves in San Francisco. Taking the name Dzi Croquettes, Dale helped transform the group into a remarkable cabaret act that used music, dance, outrageous costumes and provocative sexual ambiguity as a jumping off point for a satire of all that was repressive in Brazilian culture and a celebration of freedom from the confines of gender. Dzi Croquettes became wildly popular in Brazil, and after Liza Minnelli championed the group, they set out for a successful tour of Europe, with a run on Broadway in the offering. Dzi Croquettes never made it to America, and eventually ego, AIDS and a string of bad luck broke up the act, but for a while they were a remarkable voice of resistance and tolerance in a nation determined to beat down all opposition. Filmmakers Tatiana Issa and Raphael Alvarez chronicle the group's incredible true story in the documentary Dzi Croquettes, which was a multiple award winner at the 2009 Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival as well as the 2009 Sao Paulo International Film Festival.

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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (5)

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.

November 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Presents a wide-ranging picture of a unique cultural phenomenon, even if subjects like Liza Minnelli too often fall into semiarticulate expressions of hagiographical awe.

November 15, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's the mind-blowing performance footage (and there's lots of it) that makes this a must-see film.

November 15, 2011 | Full Review…

"Dzi Croquettes" is both a tribute and a terrific entertainment.

November 10, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Although the film recounts an intriguing slice of social history, it is too haphazard and repetitive to be truly memorable.

November 10, 2011 | Full Review…

Will American viewers with no familiarity of this group find much to hold their interest ...? Yes, to a point. The documentary has an ace tucked in its spangled G-string: Liza Minnelli

November 18, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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