Lael Alves Rodrigues (November 25, 1951 – February 8, 1989) was a Brazilian film director, producer, editor and screenwriter.

Lael Rodrigues
Lael Alves Rodrigues

(1951-11-25)November 25, 1951
DiedFebruary 8, 1989(1989-02-08) (aged 37)
Alma materFluminense Federal University
OccupationFilm director, film producer, film editor, screenwriter
Years active1973–1988
Parent(s)Joaquim Rodrigues
Helle Alves


Rodrigues was born in Campos do Jordão, São Paulo, on November 25, 1951, and raised in Caldas, Minas Gerais.[1][2] He was the son of journalist Joaquim Rodrigues and of Helle Alves, sister of actress Vida Alves. Having a penchant for arts since as a child, Rodrigues went on to study Architecture at the University of Brasília, but did not finish the course; he then moved to Niterói, in Rio de Janeiro, where he graduated in Cinema at the Fluminense Federal University.[3]

His first work was in the 1973 film Vai Trabalhar, Vagabundo!, directed by Hugo Carvana, where he served as assistant director; however, he was not credited. In 1976 he founded alongside Tizuka Yamasaki and Carlos Alberto Diniz a film studio, CPC, which worked on numerous other films by Carvana and Yamasaki's own Parahyba Mulher Macho and Gaijin: Roads to Freedom.

Rodrigues' directorial debut, Bete Balanço, came out in 1984, which he also wrote and starred Débora Bloch and Lauro Corona.[4] It would be followed by 1985's Rock Estrela and 1987's Rádio Pirata. All of his three films were highly successful, particularly among teenagers, and are notable for their rock- and new wave-laden soundtracks containing songs by bands and singers popular at the time, such as Celso Blues Boy, Lobão, Titãs, Barão Vermelho, RPM, Azul 29, Dr. Silvana & Cia., Léo Jaime and Metrô, among others.

Lael died on February 8, 1989, due to a rupture in his esophagus which eventually led to an acute pancreatitis.[5] His last credited work was the 1988 film Super Xuxa contra Baixo Astral, which he executive-produced and starred famous television presenter Xuxa Meneghel. Lael is survived by his son Luan.


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As assistant directorEdit

  • 1973: Vai Trabalhar, Vagabundo! (directed by Hugo Carvana; uncredited)


  1. ^ Uma homenagem a Lael Rodrigues (in Portuguese)
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Lael Rodrigues (1951–1989)". História do Cinema Brasileiro (in Portuguese). December 9, 2010. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  4. ^ Bete Balanço (in Portuguese)
  5. ^ Pró-TV: Lael Rodrigues (in Portuguese)

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