Infância e Cinema

Translated title of the contribution: Childhood and Cinema

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The problematic that runs through this article lies in characterizing and explaining the nexuses that form the complex constituted by the binomials: science and childhood; art of cinema and childhood look. We will argue that the art of cinema and the spectator’s view generate a reconfiguration of the real, in a game of possibilities regarding the outcome, constituting the main characteristic of cinema about childhood. After sketching a theoretical framework, four childhood films will be briefly analyzed: The Kid (Charles Chaplin, 1921); Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica, 1948); Good Morning (Yajuziro Ozu, 1959); Three Sisters (Wang Bing, 2012). In dialogue with authors related to the cinema theme, we will associate that committed look at the “art of ignorance” evident in the cinematographic representation of childhood. It underlies childhood an attitude of astonishment and desire for knowledge only translatable in the suspension inherent to the experience of the cinematographic image.
Translated title of the contributionChildhood and Cinema
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)621-632
Number of pages12
JournalHistory of Education and Children's Literature
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica)
  • Childhood
  • Cinema
  • Good Morning (Yajuziro Ozu)
  • The Kid (Charles Chaplin)
  • Three Sisters (Wang Bing)
  • XX-XXI Centuries


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