[Full text available in Art Forum, May 2014 as part of a larger dispatch from Rio de Janeiro. Available on finer newstands now!]

Master Chronicler: The Films of Eduardo Coutinho

Talking is an unlimited resource; the ability to listen is always in short supply. The tragic murder of the Brazilian documentarian Eduardo Coutinho (1933-2014) this past February took from us one of cinema's greatest listeners. Although he was born in São Paulo and shot his most renowned film—Cabra marcado para morrer (Man Marked to Die, 1964-84), released in the anglophone world as Twenty Years Later—in Brazil's rural northeast, he spent much of his career eliciting and recording in film and video the thoughts and attitudes of a wide spectrum of Cariocas, as the residents of his adopted hometown of Rio de Janeiro are called...