• Be My Baby - The Ronettes
  • La madrague - Brigitte Bardot
  • Let’s Twist Again - Chubby Checker
  • Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley
  • Menina Linda – Renato e Seus Bluecaps -
  • Mr. Sandman - The Chordettes
  • Oh! Carol - Neil Sedaka
  • Soul Bossa Nova - Quincy Jones
  • Susie Q - The Jordans
  • Túnel do amor - Celly Campello
  • O Barquinho - Nara Leão
  • Aloha Oe / Blue Hawaii - Orquestra Românticos de Cuba
  • Clarice - Caetano Veloso
  • I Should Have Known Better - The Beatles



Beauty, love, seduction, fashion, marriage, motherhood: all fit into these ‘harmless small texts’ of Clarice Lispector, which were published under a pseudonym, in women’s pages of newspaper over the 1950s and 1960s and which are the inspiration for Ladies’ Mail, a series in eight episodes directed by Luiz Fernando Carvalho and aired on the Fantástico TV show.

Helen Palmer, quite an avant-garde host from the past to meet with a present-day viewer, enlightens on the path of women who feel divided, between freedom and convention. Women who have grown, taken to the fore, and skyrocketed over the past few decades: those who struggle with love, family, and home life affairs, meanwhile pursue self-knowledge, and a place in an ever-changing society.

Intimate conversations with Helen Palmer (or Clarice) are therefore source for more than lovely sorority. They are also a mirror for what is left of the woman’s inner world in the society.

Director’s Vision

By Luiz Fernando Carvalho (2013)


When I created this project, I didn’t know exactly what format it would have. Wearing a Clarice Lispector mask could be a great idea: and that would be Helen Palmer, which is in itself more than a pseudonym. In the mask, we noticed Clarice herself seeping through the cracks, in-between the lines. Actress Maria Fernanda Cândido has followed such course, and portrayed the route between Clarice Lispector and Helen Palmer in a quite delicate way. It is not about the voice, the voice-over for that sake, instead she played a dual game, hybrid in nature, implied by Clarice’s Helen Palmer.


It was also interested in the fact that it was another dialog, by coming closer, creating a connecting with readers, as if it were the Facebook of those times. I understood that, amid the advices in the almanacs, Clarice addressed subjects which were relevant to young and older women. The structure revolved around three women: one post-teenager; a young woman, a little clumsy, comical; and a mature woman who could be in an existential crisis.

Art Direction

From an aesthetic point of view, the language of the project pays tribute to ads and fashion shoots of yore (1950s and 1960s). In the magazines, there was a full page in yellow with the model dressed in red, leaning on a blue and white car. A minimalism of colors and non-scenery, a classic of the best ad design of the time. While creating it, we get rid of the fat in scenographic elements, focusing the spatial dramaturgy on the colors and the costumes to allow the voice to come to the fore.
Timeless Issues

As far as almanacs are concerned, there are some passages and concepts that may have aged. On the other hand, our attention is drawn by their sentiment, verve, textual freedom, and especially the timeliness of certain feminine issues. We are invited to consider whether something has changed or not. We’ve had great advances, though some things may seem likewise carved in stone. The texts chosen point out to which remained very much the same in the female universe. Not for backwardness in the society, but for archetypal and human conditions. Loving and be loved. How to overcome the relationship crisis? What clothes to choose to go on the first date? No matter the social class of the women in the almanac, it doesn’t matter if she is really in, or if she is a graduate student. Those are questions from 1800, 1950, and they will remain the same in 2300. Questions about affection and human relations are timeless. This timelessness of the text in an ordinary almanac. We are modern, postmodern… really?

At this point I find Clarice Lispector’s reflection of “being dressed in her feeling” modern. She finishes it: “But if you want a bigger help: just use a yellow tape,” as in the first episode of the series. The yellow tape is to make you safer, and to have faith. Faith in love.

Creative Process

Sketchbooks do diretor



The soundtrack for the Correio Femininoseries consists of hits from the 1960s, during which time Clarice Lispector wrote most of the texts that inspired the script. The musical selection was performed by Luiz Fernando Carvalho and includes popular songs at the time, such as Elvis Presley’s Love Me Tender, Chubby Chacker’s Let’s Twist Again, Brigitte Bardot’s La Madrague, Neil Sedaka’s Oh! Carol, and Be My Baby, recorded in 1963 by singing group The Ronettes. In the repertoire of Brazilian, records such as A Banda, starring Nara Leão, Menina Linda, the Renato e seus Blue Caps’ version for the Beatles’ I Should Have Known Better, and Clarice by Caetano Veloso.


The DVD of the mini-series Ladies’ Mail, based on the work of Clarice Lispector and directed by Luiz Fernando Carvalho, consists of eight episodes aired as a special segment on the Fantástico TV show. The edition also features the unreleased documentary film named Sob o Olhar de Clarice, directed by Raquel Couto.


Critical Fortune

5, Nov — 2013

‘Ladies’ Mail’ Makes In-Depth Reading by Clarice Lispector

  • Patricia Kogut
  • O Globo

“The pleasing, tasteful series, is as unassuming as the author’s work. Carvalho drilled a well and extracted best quality oil. This without getting lost in pretentiousness.”

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27, Oct — 2013

New Segment of Fantástico TV Show Introduces a New Clarice Lispector

  • Mauricio Stycer
  • UOL
  • Folha de S.Paulo

“Unconventional, the show has gotten Carvalho’s touch, one director that insists on being off the beaten path for a fresh approach to free TV.”

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Principais notícias

9, Oct — 2013

With Luiza Brunet, Fantástico Launches Silent Series About Women’s Dilemmas

  • Louise Soares
  • Folha de S.Paulo

“To which extent women’s issues have been solved or dropped?” said Luiz Fernando Carvalho at the series rollout.

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27, Oct — 2013

A Woman on Women

  • O Globo

“Males are framed in dogmas, do as preached. Women are knowledgeable of the language of the invisible, the body, the affections, the imagination, the silence, and subtleness. Women seek doubts, break paradigms. The framing of everything in the same model is quite a masculine deed,” the director compares.

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19, Oct — 2013

Ladies’ Mail: Clarice Lispector’s Texts In a Segment of Fantástico

  • Marie Claire

“Directed by Luiz Fernando Carvalho (Today is Maria’s Day and After All, What Does A Woman Want?), the eight episodes are driven by the voice of actress Maria Fernanda Cândido – as she speaks, three women respond to Clarice’s words.”

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26, Oct — 2013

Luiz Fernando Carvalho Directs ‘Ladies’ Mail,’ which Airs on ‘Fantástico’

  • O Dia

“In addition to directing, Carvalho spearheads the music production, with hits from the 1960s, ranging from ‘Love Me Tender’ by Elvis Presley to ‘A Banda’ by Nara Leão. In turn, incidental songs are selected by the composer and pianist André Mehmari, invited by Carvalho.”

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9, Oct — 2013

Cintia Dicker: The ‘Eloquent Ginger’ And Her Actress Debut

Luiz Fernando Carvalho: “An artist is always at birth, en route. We are always incomplete.”

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26, Oct — 2013

Clarice Lispector in Fantástico TV Show Chitchat

  • Cassiano Elek Machado
  • Folha de S.Paulo

“I don’t accept the frowning of some folks who underappreciate the almanacs vis-à-vis her other great novels, and fail to see them as a worthy part of Clarice Lispector’s work,” says Luiz Fernando Carvalho, who has already adapted works by authors such as Machado de Assis and Raduan Nassar for TV and the movies.

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9, Oct — 2013

New Series of TV Show Fantástico Features Maria Fernanda Cândido and Luiza Brunet

  • Sabrina Grimberg
  • UOL

Luiz Fernando Carvalho, with works of easily recognizable features, such as “Today Is Maria’s Day” and “Capitu”, tells that having a cast brave enough to reinvent itself was one of his intents with the series. “When developing the show, we’ve decided to start from scratch.  We had to be brave to flirt with the unknown, not knowing where we were heading for. References got in the way, and only feelings were left there to surface.”

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3, Jul — 2013

Luiza Brunet Returns to Television

  • O Dia

Luiza Brunet: “When Luiz Fernando Carvalho called me, I couldn’t contain my excitement. That was dope! I was thrilled the whole weekend until Monday. I had already played roles in soap operas, but I didn’t like the outcome. Luiz Fernando is a real conductor. He can make you laugh, cry, and lose it. I was enraptured and fell in love with the work done.”

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24, Oct — 2013

Clarice Lispector Gives Tips in Fantástico TV Show

  • Cristina Padiglione
  • O Estado de S.Paulo

“Debuting this Sunday, the series is based on texts by Helen Palmer”

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20, Oct — 2013

Three Generations Listen to Helen Palmer’s Advice on New Series

  • G1

“How to seduce a man, take care of the house, maintain beauty, marriage? Let’s dive into the feminine universe from the view of one of the greatest writers of this country, Clarice Lispector.”

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1, Oct — 2013

Clarice Lispector + Luiz Fernando Carvalho

  • Laura Artigas
  • Moda pra ler

“Luiz Fernando Carvalho’s works are strikingly authorial and therefore he participates intensely in all stages. When the starting point is a literary work, he aims at maximum fidelity to the author’s narrative.”

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25, Oct — 2013

Maria Fernanda Cândido’s Resourcefulness in Recounting Clarice Lispector’s Stories

  • O Dia

“Maria Fernanda Cândido’s first contact with Clarice Lispector was at 18 with the classic The Hour of the Star. ‘That was how a deep fondness has started,’ she recalls.

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16, Oct — 2013

‘I want a new cycle on TV,’ says Luiz Fernando Carvalho

  • Rodrigo Fonseca
  • O Globo

Luiz Fernando Carvalho: “There was an invitation for me to propose something for the show, and this proposition pleased me because it meant thinking about something for an eclectic audience, from classes A to C, but predominantly for females, from ladies to young women. This was behind the concept of rescuing the feminine look of Helen Palmer, one of Clarice’s heteronyms, and proposing a link with the fashion advertising aesthetics of the 1960s. ”

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Academic Studies

Rupture, Continuity, Contradiction, and Intertextuality: Correio Feminino by Clarice Lispector in TV Show Fantástico

  • Lívia de Pádua Nóbrega
  • Faculdade Araguaia
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Correio Feminino and TV Show Fantástico: When an Adaptation Doesn’t Fit a Generalist Show

  • UERN
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Correio Femininowith Maria Fernanda Cândido, Luiza Brunet, Alessandra Maestrini and Cintia Dicker.  Based on the works Just For Women and Ladies’ Mail, by Clarice Lispector. Script Maria Camargo. Collaboration and Text Research Carla Madeira Scenography Keller Veiga Costume Luciana Buarque and Thanara Schönardie Art Production Marco Cortez Cast Production Marcia Andrade Musical Research Luiz Fernando Carvalho Character Makeup Rubens Libório and Bárbara Santos Edition Marcio Hashimoto Design Carlo Bêla Cinematography Warley Miquéias Executive Production Direction Maristela Velloso Assistant Director Antonio Karnewale Music Research and General Direction Luiz Fernando Carvalho