A Samba for Sherlock

A Samba for Sherlock
O Xangô de Baker Street

Brazil poster
Directed by Miguel Faria, Jr.
Produced by Caíque Martins Ferreira
Marcelo Laffitte
Written by Marcos Bernstein
based on Jô Soares' novel
Starring Joaquim de Almeida
Anthony O'Donnell
Maria de Medeiros
Letícia Sabatella
Music by Edu Lobo
Cinematography Lauro Escorel
Editing by Diana Vasconcellos
Release date(s) September 27, 2001 (2001-09-27) (Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival)
Running time 124 minutes
Country Brazil
Language Portuguese, English, French, Italian and Spanish

O Xangô de Baker Street (English title: A Samba for Sherlock) is a book written in 1995 by the Brazilian author, comedian, and talk show host, Jô Soares. In 2001 it was made the movie of the same name.


Plot summary for the Book and Movie

Rio de Janeiro, 1886. Actress Sarah Bernhardt performs at the city's Municipal Theater, captivating the local audience enthralled by French culture. The city is at her feet, and even the Emperor Pedro II comes to pay his respects. He confides a secret to her: the disappearance of a precious Stradivarius violin presented by him to the charming widow Baroness Maria Luiza. The actress suggests to the monarch to hire her friend, the legendary British detective Sherlock Holmes, to solve the case. Subsequently, a brutal murder shocks the city, and leaves the police superintendent Mello Pimenta: a prostitute had been killed and mutilated, her ears cut off and a violin cord strategically placed on her body by the perpetrator. Later, under the heat of the tropical sun, the lives of Holmes and Doctor Watson are changed forever, as they find themselves neck-deep in a cultural milieu that portrays all standard Brazilian stereotypes.


Cast (in credits order)

Production Crew

  • Produced by Caíque Martins Ferreira, Marcelo Laffitte, Tino Navarro, Bruno Stroppiana, & José Zimerman
  • Original Music by Edu Lobo
  • Cinematography by Lauro Escorel
  • Film Editing by Diana Vasconcellos
  • Production Design by Marcos Flaksman
  • Art Direction by Marcos Flaksman
  • Set Decoration by Ana Anet
  • Costume Design by Marília Carneiro & Karla Monteiro
  • Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
    • Kátia Lund .... first assistant director
    • Isabella Teixeira .... second assistant director
  • Art Department
    • Daniel Flaksman .... set designer
  • Sound Department
    • Miriam Biderman .... sound editor
    • Ryan Collison .... foley engineer
    • Jacob Ribicoff .... foley supervisor
    • Jorge Saldanha .... sound recordist
    • Yan Saldanha .... boom operator
    • Reilly Steele .... sound
  • Camera and Electrical Department
    • Daniel Duran .... assistant camera
  • Other crew
    • Patrícia Alencastro .... script supervisor
    • Valeria Costa Amorim .... production coordinator
    • Daniel Camargo .... script supervisor assistant
    • Rodrigo Lamounier .... location manager
    • Samantha Mytrano .... production assistant: second unit

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