III. LAMENT FOR JACARÉ, RIO DE JANEIRO, 1943
III. LAMENT FOR JACARÉ
In which: ORSON revisits the drowning death of Manoel Olimpio Meira during the filming of Jangadieros.
ORSON #3 / AHAB
He and three other jangadieros sailed from Fortaleza to Rio—
Four Men on a Raft sailing a thousand miles to protest Brazilian poverty.
Perfect for It’s All True, I thought.
Jacaré is the perfect floating signifier of leadership and historical motivation,
the “true and perfect image of life, indeed.”
I offered him what he’d earn in a year to reenact his triumph.
A poor fisherman: how could he refuse?
This Ahab, camera in hand, lost the shot when
a wave drowned the real and the fictional Jacaré.
Later, his decomposing head was found in the belly of a huge shark
Somewhere off the coast of the Barra da Tijuca.