We can all agree that a well-thought-out music video can often enhance or even completely change the feelings that a song generally conveys. But what happens when said clip is inspired by feature films? Not only does this create an even more entertaining art form, but it plays with the cultural references that were previously etched in the minds of the audience, increasing the impact and relatability the song could have on its listener. And lately, Brazilian artists have tried their hand at this exciting way of creating art, using some of their favorite movies to spruce up their music videos.
Sometimes the movie referenced has nothing to do with the song itself, merely serving as bait for the general public who, perhaps, wouldn’t even give that artist a chance if it weren’t for the cinematic lure. On the other hand, however, there may be references that fit the song perfectly, and then it becomes a gift for the audience to enjoy the resulting performance.
Below you will find a wide range of music videos from Brazilian artists who have managed to incorporate different silver screen inspirations in their music videosbringing the magic of cinema to your home or your YouTube page.
IZA – “Gueto”
Brazilian diva IZA knows how to make an impact like no one else, and the music video for her song “Gueto” with lyrics, is no exception. The piece is a tribute to the “ghetto” neighborhoods where the singer grew up; it represents his identity and many others who came from the same places. The movie references aren’t as present in the scripts as they are in his outfits (although you can identify some Spike Lee do the right thing tips). IZA stylist Bianca Jahara said vogue brazil that some of her inspirations for the outfits seen throughout the clip were Cruella from 101 Dalmatians and Ruby Rhod of The fifth Element.
Anitta – “Boys Don’t Cry”
Yes, the song is in englishbut the artist is multilingual Brazilian singer Anitta, who has broadened her horizons and provided Brazil with long-awaited mainstream representation in the international spotlight, as evidenced by her appearance on The show tonight or her performed “Boys Don’t Cry”, becoming the first Brazilian artist to perform in this program. The tune is an ironic little piece that pokes fun at men who cry if they don’t get what they want. The clip, in turn, shows Anitta escaping from her zombified exes in storylines that allude to films such as Harry Potter, The fifth Element, and beetle juice. If you like 80s synth-pop and zombies, this one’s for you.
Jão – “Idiota”
Jão’s “Idiota” is a tender song about enjoying love as long as it lasts, even if you’re aware it’s not fully reciprocated. As the title suggests, the narrator considers himself an idiot for this, but is ultimately too deep to care. The clip recreates scenes from various romantic (and some tragic) films, such as Titanic, Brokeback Mountain, 10 things I hate about youyou, Spider Man, and the Brazilian classic Dona Flor and Seus Dois Maridos. Despite the soulful lyrics, the catchy beat and entertaining music video make for a fun experience.
Melara – “Efeito”
Melára, who just released her debut EP in late 2021, comes with the laid back vibe. “Efeito” is a romantic and sweet track that has its roots in the traditional MPB, which stands for Música Popular Brasileira, or Brazilian Popular. The music. The clip is inspired by the French film Amelie, even recreating scenes from the movie, like when Amélie dips her fingers in a bag of cereal because it’s one of her favorite things to do. The original film values the small pleasures in life, and this music video attempts to do the same in a beautiful tribute.
Pedro Sampaio, Luisa Sonza – “Watch Out”
I don’t know what you expect from a music video inspired by the children’s classic Charlie and the chocolate factory, but I can guarantee you that’s not it. Producer and vocalist Pedro Sampaio teamed up with Luísa Sonza in this high-energy Brazilian funk tune, giving us great audiovisual entertainment as they twerk to the beat of the famous Chocolate Factory. And the best part of it all is Deep Roy, the actor who played the Oompa Loompas in the 2005 film adaptation, featured in the music video (and yes, he twerks too).
Duda Beat – “Meu Pisêro”
In “Meu Pisêro”, Duda Beat shows another side of herself: the touching song about a broken heart takes a sinister turn as the clip progresses. Drawing inspiration from classic horror films, such as Suspiria, Fighting spirit, Rosemary’s baby, and Tarkovsky’s mirror, the video looks like a nightmare, which turns out to be a brilliant metaphor for someone who’s been heartbroken and is looking to find a way to cope. Despite the heavy description, the clip also finds time to bring a little humor to the screen, whether in the over-the-top performance the singer offers or the cartoonish special effects.
Marina Sena – “By Supuesto”
Let’s make one thing clear: despite the title in Spanish, this song is in Portuguese. “Por Supuesto” is a sweet tune responsible for the singer Marina Sena’s rise to stardom in Brazil. The catchy chorus and vibrant melody make it impossible not to hum along with the song every time it plays, and we’re not complaining. The music video adds a new layer to the song as it is clearly inspired by the classic american beauty. However, I would go so far as to say that you can spot references to the Argentinian film Salvajes Reportsbut that’s just an opinion.
Luisa Sonza – “Braba”
Making her second appearance on this list, Luísa Sonza brings all her jazz (not really, but bear with me) to the screen in the music video for “Braba,” inspired by the Oscar-winning feature. Chicago. The sultry vibes of the song fit perfectly with a performance that references arguably the film’s most famous song, “Cell Block Tango.” Sonza is credited as the video’s creative director, so it’s fair to assume the singer played a pivotal role in deciding the theme.
Wanessa Camargo – “LOKO!”
Possibly the artist with the longest career on this list, Wanessa Camargo steps into the role of a vampiric dancer in the music video for “LOKO!” drawing direct inspiration from the cult classic From dusk till dawn, one of director Robert Rodriguez’s most iconic works. For maximum entertainment value, the singer even recreates the scene where Salma Hayek’s character is dancing with a snake and, yes, it ends up being an honorable tribute as Wanessa clearly gives it her all to deliver a solid dance performance.
Giulia Be – “2 Palabras”
Alright, now we have a song with a Spanish title that in fact has lyrics in Spanish. With “2 Palabras”, the Brazilian singer Giulia Be evokes the anguish of not admitting the feelings of affection that one feels. In a third-person narrative, she encourages a man to profess his love to the woman he’s fallen for before it’s too late. The music video is inspired by the acclaimed film Closer, which focuses on four different characters navigating through life and their own emotions. And despite wearing a blue wig instead of Natalie Portman’s iconic pink, Giulia’s message is no less effective.