A Samba for Sherlock
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMiguel Faria, Jr.
Written byMarcos Bernstein
Based onO Xangô de Baker Street
by Jô Soares
Produced byCaíque Martins Ferreira
Marcelo Laffitte
StarringJoaquim de Almeida
Anthony O'Donnell
Maria de Medeiros
Marco Nanini
CinematographyLauro Escorel
Edited byDiana Vasconcellos
Music byEdu Lobo
Sky Light Cinema
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • September 27, 2001 (2001-09-27) (Festival do Rio)
  • October 19, 2001 (2001-10-19) (Brazil and Portugal)[1]
Running time
124 minutes
BudgetR$4–10 million[1][2]
Box officeR$2,275,052[3]

O Xangô de Baker Street (English title: A Samba for Sherlock) is 2001 Brazilian-Portuguese film directed by Miguel Faria, Jr., based on the novel of the same name by Jô Soares. The film was first announced in 1996, but filming only started on September 1998 in Porto, Portugal,[4] lasting until 1999.[5]


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 string 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.



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  2. ^ Soares, Alessandro (June 30, 2001). "Cinema nacional é luxo só". Diário do Grande ABC (in Portuguese). Retrieved May 3, 2014.
  3. ^ "Filmes Brasileiros Lançados - 1995 a 2012" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Ancine. p. 29. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 27, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
  4. ^ Carrero, Rodrigo (September 2, 1988). "Xangô e caipirinha na cidade do Porto". Diário (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on May 2, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
  5. ^ "As lições de um fotógrafo das telas". O Estado de S. Paulo (in Portuguese). Grupo Estado. September 2, 2002. Retrieved April 30, 2014.