SBT announced on Thursday (27) that it will show the film Os Saltimbancos Trapalhões (1981) on its schedule. The production, which includes Renato Aragão, Dedé Santana, Mussum (1941-1994) and Zacarias (1934-1990), in the cast, was successful at Globo for 20 years (between 1974 and 1995). Considered a landmark at the national box office, the film will be shown for the first time in history on Silvio Santos’ broadcaster.
The feat was only possible after SBT bought a package of 35 films from Europa Filmes dated between the years 1965 and 1999. The film will be shown on the Screen of Success on the 4th, at 11:15 pm.
With just over 5.2 million viewers, Os Saltimbancos Trapalhões is still on the list of the top 20 box office in Brazilian cinema.
The plot tells the story of four humble employees who become the great attraction of the Bartholo circus, thanks to the incredible ability to make the audience laugh. However, friends deal with the envy of the magician Assis Satã, played by Eduardo Conde (1946-2003), and the greed of Barão Bartholo, lived by the actor Paulo Fortes (1923-1997), the owner of the circus.
The film is a film adaptation of the 1977 musical Os Saltimbancos, with a soundtrack by Chico Buarque. The idea of producing the feature came from Renato Aragão himself, who turned the play into a cinematographic overproduction with scenes recorded even in Hollywood.
Chico Buarque was one of the first people to know about the concept and design of the work. Not only did he approve, but in the film two original songs written by him were kept: História da uma Gaita and Minha Canção.
Exit from Globo
Despite the surprising news that SBT will show the film in an unprecedented way in its programming, the rights to the films of Trapalhões occur after the termination of Renato Aragão’s contract, the eternal Didi, with Globo.
The comedian was fired from the network on June 30 last year – amid the coronavirus pandemic – after 44 years working for the Marinho family. The decision not to renew the contract was part of Globo’s new spending cut policy.
Not even in Criança Esperança, a project he helped create at the station, he was included. The veteran’s last work at the house was in the remake of Os Trapalhões, in 2017, which only lasted one season.
“I created Criança Esperança, which was also wonderful. Then the Didi Gang (1998-2010). I did a lot, I had a lot of joy at TV Globo, I have nothing bad to say”, said the comedian at the time, in interview with UOL columnist Mauricio Stycer.
Thanks to the policy of cutting expenses, Globo ended the contract, not only with Renato Aragão, but with great stars of the station, such as Miguel Falabella, Aguinaldo Silva, Zeca Camargo, Vera Fischer, Tony Ramos, Tarcísio Meira and Glória Menezes. Aragon starred in 42 feature films, produced between 1965 and 2017.