Tanga (film)

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Tanga (Deu no New York Times?)
Directed byHenfil
Written byJoffre Rodrigues, Henfil
Music byWagner Tiso[1]
CinematographyEdgard Moura[1]
Release date
  • August 4, 1987 (1987-08-04)
Running time
90 minutes[1]
LanguageBrazilian Portuguese

Tanga (Deu no New York Times?) is a 1987 Brazilian comedy film directed by the comic artist Henfil and written by him and Joffre Rodrigues.


The setting is Tanga, a small miserable island with an illiteracy rate of 99%. The country is headed by Herr Walkyria Von Mariemblau (Rubens Corrêa). Each day, a copy of The New York Times is delivered to the dictator, the only such copy available on the island. After he reads each day's newspaper, he incinerates it to prevent it from falling into the hands of communist guerrillas, who covet the newspaper, sharing his belief that "knowledge is power."[1][note 1][2]


The cast also includes[1] Chico Anysio, Ricardo Blat, Zózimo Bulbul, Haroldo Costa, Daniel Filho, Jaguar, Ken Kaneko, Procópio Mariano, Hélio Pellegrino, Alan Riding, Joffre Rodrigues, and Fausto Wolff.


  • Golden Sun for Best Film (Sol de Ouro de Melhor filme pelo Júri Popular) at the Rio Cine Festival[1]

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  1. ^ At one time the phrase "deu no New York Times" ("it was in The New York Times") was a colloquialism used in Brazil to mean that something was undoubtedly true.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "FILMOGRAFIA - Tanga (Deu no New York Times?)". Cinemateca Brasileira. Retrieved 2014-11-18.
  2. ^ "Lighting the fuse". The Economist. 18 November 2014. Retrieved 2014-11-18. When I was a correspondent for The Economist in Brazil, people still occasionally used the phrase "deu no New York Times" (it was in the New York Times) to mean that something was undoubtedly true.

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