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Black God, White Devil (1964)
"Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol" (original title)

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Cast overview:
Geraldo Del Rey ...
Manuel
Yoná Magalhães ...
Rosa
Othon Bastos ...
Corisco
Maurício do Valle ...
Lidio Silva ...
Sebastião
Sonia Dos Humildes ...
Dadá
João Gama ...
Priest
Antônio Pinto ...
Colonel
Milton Rosa ...
Moraes (as Milton Roda)
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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Official submission of Brazil to the 1965's Oscars in the best foreign language film category. See more »

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Corisco: Here's my rifle to save the poor from starving.
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Manuel e Rosa
Written by Glauber Rocha & Sérgio Ricardo
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This is a real masterpiece!!
24 February 2009 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

This movie is so fantastic! I've seen it like 10 times or so, and I still get impressed whenever I watch it. Glauber Rocha, who was a total genius, unites various elements of Brazil's Northeastern culture in a great story about alienation of the people. The story is narrated by a singer who impersonates a regional popular singer; and the visual aspects of the film and the tone of black and white are supposed to resemble the rhymes and the woodcut covers which invoke the "literatura de cordel", or "string literature", which is very common in the northeast of Brazil(not so much today, but certainly in the 60's). The film shows how the powerful control the poorest through violence and intimidation, and how religion and the "Cangaço" movement can be bad when a person without perspective and objectives in life get involved with them. Manuel, the main character, is totally alienated by the "black god" Sebastião, which resembles, in many ways, real Brazilian preacher Antônio Conselheiro; and by the "white devil" Corisco(a real Cangaceiro who worked with real and, in the 20's and 30's, widely famous Cangaço boss Lampião), wonderfully performed by Othon Bastos, while the hired gun Antonio das Mortes is on the look for both Sebastião and Corisco through the badlands of Northeast. This is a real masterpiece!!


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