They Don't Wear Black-tie

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They Don't Wear Black Tie
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Directed by Leon Hirszman
Produced by Leon Hirszman
Written by Leon Hirszman
Gianfrancesco Guarnieri
Based on Eles não Usam Black-tie
by Gianfranco Guarnieri
Starring Gianfrancesco Guarnieri
Fernanda Montenegro
Carlos Alberto Riccelli
Bete Mendes
Music by Radamés Gnattali
Adoniran Barbosa
Chico Buarque
Gianfrancesco Guarnieri
Cinematography Lauro Escorel
Edited by Eduardo Escorel
Leon Hirszman Produções
Distributed by Embrafilme
Release date
  • September 28, 1981 (1981-09-28)[1]
Running time
123 minutes
Country Brazil
Language Portuguese

Eles não Usam Black-tie (internationally released as They Don't Wear Black-tie) is a 1981 Brazilian drama film directed by Leon Hirszman, based on Gianfrancesco Guarnieri's play of the same name.[1]


The film revolves around a working-class family in São Paulo in 1980. Otávio, a syndicalist leader, and Romana are the parents of Tião, whose girlfriend, Maria, becomes pregnant. Fearing to be fired and thus unable to support his now fiancée, Tião does not participate on a strike, which starts a series of family conflicts.



The film entered the competition at the 38th Venice International Film Festival, in which won the Special Jury Prize.[2] It won the Best Film Award at the 3rd Havana Film Festival,[3] at the 26th Valladolid International Film Festival,[4] and shared with Plae Kao at the 3rd Three Continents Festival.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Eles não Usam Black Tie" (in Portuguese). Cinemateca Brasileira. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ Enrico Lancia. I premi del cinema. Gremese Editore, 1998. ISBN 8877422211. 
  3. ^ "Premios 3ra Edición del Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano" (in Spanish). Havana Film Festival. Archived from the original on March 4, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Histórico: Año 1981" (in Spanish). Valladolid International Film Festival. Archived from the original on May 2, 2014. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  5. ^ "3ème Festival des 3 Continents – 1981" (in French). Three Continents Festival. Archived from the original on May 2, 2014. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 

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