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Black God, White Devil (1964)

Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol (original title)
After killing his employer when said employer tries to cheat him out of his payment, a man becomes an outlaw and starts following a self-proclaimed saint.

Director:

Glauber Rocha

Writer:

Glauber Rocha
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Cast overview:
Geraldo Del Rey ... Manuel
Yoná Magalhães ... Rosa
Othon Bastos Othon Bastos ... Corisco
Maurício do Valle Maurício do Valle ... Antônio das Mortes
Lidio Silva Lidio Silva ... Sebastião
Sonia Dos Humildes Sonia Dos Humildes ... Dadá
João Gama João Gama ... Priest
Antônio Pinto Antônio Pinto ... Colonel
Milton Rosa Milton Rosa ... Moraes (as Milton Roda)
Roque Santos Roque Santos ... (as Roque)
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Fictionalized account of the adventures of hired gunman Antonio das Mortes, set against the real life last days of rural banditism. The movie follows Antonio as he witnesses the descent of common rural worker Manuel into a life of crime, joining the gang of Antonio's sworn enemy, Corisco the Blond Devil (Othon Bastos), and the Pedra Bonita Massacre. Written by Cristian Redferne <Harlock@prodigy.com>

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Trivia

Official submission of Brazil to the 1965's Oscars in the best foreign language film category. See more »

Quotes

Corisco: Here's my rifle to save the poor from starving.
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Connections

Featured in I am Cuba, the Siberian Mammoth (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Monólogo
Written by Glauber Rocha & Sérgio Ricardo
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Western done Brazilian style.
17 May 2011 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

Nothing wrong with a movie that is being a bit slower and different, as long as it fascinates. And this movie does that well.

It's an unusual movie, with an unusual approach and story. This is not a slick Hollywood movie here but an artistic South-American one. It doesn't really follow any familiar movie rules but having said that, this movie at the same time still remains a perfectly accessible one.

Even though there are of course some deeper meanings behind it all, the movie never feels too serious or heavy handed. The movie actually still manages to entertain as well, which is for most part thanks to its very lively characters, who especially come to live in its second half. Most people seem to have most problems with the movie its second half but I actually do think that this was the strongest and most intriguing part of the entire movie, since it seemed to focus more purely on its characters and less on its story, that is a complicated one to follow and completely understand.

What I foremost love about this movie is that it's being shot like a western, while it's actually a totally different genre movie, set in Brazil. The cinematography, directing, characters and such still make this movie really feel and look like a good old spaghetti western.

Due to its directing approach and way of storytelling this is a very visual orientated movie. Even though it can be a slow movie at times, its visuals still manages to fully keep you interested throughout. It's black & white cinematography does ensure this well.

No need and reason to overpraise this movie but it remains simply a good and special one to watch.

7/10

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Official Sites:

Mr Bongo Films

Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

10 July 1964 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

God and the Devil in the Land of the Sun See more »

Filming Locations:

Canudos, Bahia, Brazil See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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