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End of Man (1971)

Finis Hominis (original title)
Stark naked man comes out from the sea and begins to walk the streets, interfering in daily episodes, always in search of justice. He names himself Finis Hominis (The End of Man, in latin),... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
José Mojica Marins ...
Finis Hominis
Teresa Sodré ...
Madalena
Roque Rodrigues ...
Lázaro
Rosângela Maldonado ...
The Schemer
Mário Lima ...
The Lover
Andreia Bryan ...
The Nymphomaniac
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Antoninho
Ronaldo Beibe
Big Boy
Américo Camargo
Clara Clarestadi
Margareth Delta
Sílvio Francisco
Graveto
Paulo Mander
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Stark naked man comes out from the sea and begins to walk the streets, interfering in daily episodes, always in search of justice. He names himself Finis Hominis (The End of Man, in latin), and soon becomes sort of a modern Messiah, capable of performing miracles. An adulterous woman and a cheated husband are among his most faithful followers, as well as a group of hippies. Written by <lukejoplin@infolink.com.br>

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18 December 1971 (Brazil)  »

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"The Holy Mountain" meets "Nietschze For Dummies" on a budget that Roger Corman would balk at
18 February 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

Apparently José Mojica Marins felt much pressure from state censorship to make a non-horrific film. So instead of concentrating on one of his abilities (horror), he has to make a film revolving around his other capability surrealism. "Finis Hominis" is probably the weirdest movie he ever made, and if you've seen much of the man's output, you know thats saying a lot. I always wondered if the bizarreness of Marins' films was intentional or just the result of an eccentric mind along the lines of "Glen or Glenda". For me, "Finis Hominis" certified that Marins knew what he was doing all along.

Like many other otherworldly films, a description is difficult. Imagine "The Holy Mountain" meets "Nietschze For Dummies" on a budget that Roger Corman would balk at, and you're coming close to picturing this. However, Marins is a true original. Like Jodorowsky, he casts himself as a messiah figure, but it doesn't come across as bloated egoism like it did in "El Topo", because the character of Finis Hominis is meant to sprout Marins' philosophy instead of portraying the director as holier than thou. José Mojica Marins never completely mastered film-making technique (the man has no idea how to keep a good pace), but hes so impassioned and his films achieve what they set out to do (being weird), that he deserves much more recognition. Lying somewhere between Ed Wood and Alejandro Jodorowsky lies Marins. "Finis Hominis" is definitely not the best starting place for the man ("At Midnight I Take Your Soul") or his finest achievement ("Awakening of the Beast"), but its certainly his most surreal and possibly my personal favorite of his output. (7/10)


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