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By Doug Gray, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil’s film industry has had a checkered history since its beginnings at the turn of the last century largely led by American fashions, then French and Italian style in the 40s and 50s, and the firm guiding hand of the military dictatorship in the 70s and 80s.

From the mid-90s, and notably with the release of internationally recognized films such as Central Station and City Of God and the ever-increasing popularity of the weekday soap operas, the film industry underwent something of a boom, drawing attention to the country . . .

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