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Born in Hungary, in September 17th, 1924; naturalized Brazilian in 1949; graduated in engineering at the Politechnical School at USP; founder of the Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo (MAM); received the “Comerciante of the year” in 1974; produced and/or co-produced since 1968: 33 short and medium length films and eight features, having directed several of them; received two “State Governor” awards; started the Thomaz Farkas Cineclub at the Communication School of FIAM-FAAM; PhD at the Communication and Arts School of USP. Director and counselor for the São Paulo Biennale, since 1987. President of the Brazilian Cinematheque’s Council since 1995; awarded with the Cultural Merit Medal of Honor by the president on november 2000.
Counselor of the Historical Artistic National Estate Institute (IPHAN). “Dia do Óptico” Prize in December 2002. Winner of the ABC (Brazilian Cinematography Association) in May 2003. Special Porto Seguro Award for Photography in 2005. Participated in the launch of Senac’s Photography Collection Books 9 and 10 in May 2006 and in June 2006, released the book “Notas de Viagem de Thomaz Farkas” (Thomaz farkas’s Travel Notes) at CosacNaify. Participates in photography exhibitions and film festivals in Brazil and abroad.
"The black-and-white film has been lost ever since. Almost as if it were on purpose at the end of last year, on a day I had been going through some of my old film cans, there it was, whole and in perfect state, "Pixinguinha's film". What could I say then about those six minutes of the Velha Guarda do Samba, which, as far as I know, is the only existing footage of the group. The fourth centennial festivities, Ibirapuera Park; all of this, fifty years later, becomes more important. Since I did not do any sound recording, only images were documented The Moreira Salles Institute identified the songs that were being played by the musicians C'Ele e Eu" e "Patrao prenda seu gado") and added sound to the film. Recordings from that period were used, along with the participation of Teco Cardoso and Betinho Sodre".
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