6.9/10
140
4 user 9 critic

Black Jesus (1968)

Seduto alla sua destra (original title)
GP | | Drama | 25 August 1971 (USA)

On Disc

at Amazon

A Congo rebel leader is captured and imprisoned with two white felons in this 81-minute feature containing religious symbolism and condemnation of colonial exploitation. Maurice Lalubi is ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(story), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Lorenzo, who's 16 and born to a wealthy family in Parma, tries to make things right toward a showgirl, Aida, whom his older brother has mistreated. In extending kindness and standing up for... See full summary »

Director: Valerio Zurlini
Stars: Claudia Cardinale, Jacques Perrin, Luciana Angiolillo
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Summer, 1943: wealthy youth in the Riccione district of Rimini play while the war gets closer. Carlo Caremoli, a young man who follows the crowd, has found ways to avoid military service. ... See full summary »

Director: Valerio Zurlini
Stars: Eleonora Rossi Drago, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Lilla Brignone
Indian Summer (1972)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In Italy, the gambler and professor of poetry Daniele Dominici arrives in the seaside town of Rimini and is hired to teach for four months in the Liceu replacing another teacher. His ... See full summary »

Director: Valerio Zurlini
Stars: Alain Delon, Giancarlo Giannini, Sonia Petrovna
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

1945. Enrico Corsi, in Rome, reflects on his relationship with his eight year younger brother, Lorenzo Corsi, following Lorenzo's recent passing from a long and debilitating illness at age ... See full summary »

Director: Valerio Zurlini
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Jacques Perrin, Sylvie
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Lieutenant Giovanni Drogo is assigned to the old Bastiani border fortress where he expects an imminent attack by nomadic fearsome Tartars.

Director: Valerio Zurlini
Stars: Jacques Perrin, Vittorio Gassman, Giuliano Gemma
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In WWII, Lieut. Martino and his men are assigned to lead a group of prostitutes through the mountainous ways to serve in brothels for Italian soldiers in Albania.

Director: Valerio Zurlini
Stars: Anna Karina, Lea Massari, Marie Laforêt
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young man who has lost his memory, escapes from prison with three other convicts. The other men help him find back bits of his past, until they arrive at a village where two warring families recognize him. Apparently he has a reputation for being a fast gun, and he has been paid to kill a man - who says he is his father. His younger brother is jealous of the attention the prodigal son receives,... See full summary »

Director: Enzo Barboni
Stars: Leonard Mann, Woody Strode, Pietro Martellanza
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A story about two gunfighters, Duke and Steve. Steve is in love with Duke's daughter but Duke disapproves of the match, envisioning a life of hardship and danger for the girl if she marries Steve.

Director: Giovanni Grimaldi
Stars: Stephen Forsyth, Conrado San Martín, Anna Maria Polani
The Revengers (1972)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The life of peaceful rancher John Benedict (William Holden) is torn apart when his family is massacred by a gang of marauding outlaws and his farm is destroyed. He assembles a team of mean,... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Mann
Stars: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Woody Strode
Blood Brides (1970)
Certificate: GP Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A bridal design shop owner kills various young brides-to-be in an attempt to unlock a repressed childhood trauma that's causing him to commit murder.

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: Stephen Forsyth, Dagmar Lassander, Laura Betti
Ravagers (1979)
Sci-Fi | Fantasy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

In a post-apocalyptic world divided between two groups called the Flockers and the Ravagers, an adventurer and his "pleasure girl" try to find their way to a rumored safe haven called the Land of Genesis.

Director: Richard Compton
Stars: Richard Harris, Ernest Borgnine, Ann Turkel
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Valerio Zurlini
Stars: Antonio Cifariello, Rossana Podestà, Giovanna Ralli
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Maurice Lalubi
...
Oreste
Jean Servais ...
Commander
...
Officer
Stephen Forsyth ...
Prisoner (as Stephen Forsyte)
Luciano Catenacci ...
(as Luciano Lorcas)
Salvatore Basile ...
(as Salvo Basile)
Giuseppe Transocchi
Silvio Fiore
Renzo Rossi
Mirella Pamphili ...
(as Mirella Panfili)
Edit

Storyline

A Congo rebel leader is captured and imprisoned with two white felons in this 81-minute feature containing religious symbolism and condemnation of colonial exploitation. Maurice Lalubi is thrown in jail with a soldier and an Italian thief. The trio endures torture at the hands of their captors, while a newly formed military regime decides the fate of the insurgent. The entire horror of the confrontation is seen through his eyes throughout Lalubi's interrogation and torture. His imminent demise could turn him into a martyr and spell trouble for the new government dictator in this sometimes violent film. Written by Clint Weiler

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

He who ain't with me--is AGAINST me.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 August 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Black Jesus  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Originally planned as an episode of the collective movie Love and Anger (1969), it was eventually expanded to a feature length. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Come of Age (1971) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A brilliant, mercilessly hardcore political film; probably Woody Strode's greatest role
19 March 2001 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

It's funny that one of the alternate titles for this film is "Super Brother"! "Super Brother"?! I guess they must have been referring to the iconic super-athlete-turned-actor Woody Strode and trying to sell this brilliant, Pontecorvo-esque Battle-of-Algiers-Queimada-Burn-like 1968 anti-colonialist political Italian film to a blaxploitation/spaghetti-Western/action-film crowd! Zurlini's film is definitely hardcore, violent, and has some action, but it is anything but blaxploitation; even with all its flaws it's one of the fantastic achievements of the politically committed 'Marxist' cinema of the period, at the very least, on the level of Pontecorvo's much more widely seen "Burn," starring Marlon Brando. Snobs and perfectionists may disagree with that assessment but real film fans know that imperfect, flawed films are often far preferable in every way to films that play by the rules and criterion set-up by bozo mainstream critics. "Black Jesus," and most of Zurlini's other films are underrated masterpieces that have slipped through the crack of history and are ripe for rediscovery. I thoroughly enjoyed all 8 of Zurlini's films screened at UCLA recently and would buy at least 6 of them on DVD tomorrow if they were available. All 8 of them should be put out on good DVDs, not cut-up pan-and-scan videos (and especially, "Black Jesus" because it was shot in 2.35:1 widescreen)!

One of the flaws associated with the film is that it was post-production dubbed in the typically bizarre sounding Italian style of that era but to me that's not a big problem: the film itself being intentionally played slightly 'over-the-top' this 'aural distancing' only adds to its surreal, dreamlike, hypnotic, and totally flabergasting power. "Black Jesus" is a dramatic re-creation of events that actually happened (again like Pontecorvo's "Burn"), though the names and locales have been changed to wisely avoid accusations of historical innaccuracy with regard to details. The entire film has one major purpose: to put you in direct contact with the brute facts of colonialism and make you very mad that injustice goes unpunished, and it uses parable to drive its point home. The long, meditative, almost Antonioni-paced prison conversation between Strode and his unlucky knave of a cell-mate as he awaits the sure to be bleak fate of one who doesn't compromise with tyrants, sets up one of the most harrowing and shattering torture scenes in cinematic history (harder to take than anything in Midnight Express or Reservoir Dogs). Not one inch is granted to audience sensitivities and conditioning and their need to have 'escapist' entertainment; the entire film is completely uncompromised, bleak, hard-to-take, powerful, and in the final analysis, a truly awesome achievement that transcends all its flaws.


24 of 31 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Black Jesus (1968) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?