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A Grande Arte (1991)

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An American photographer in Rio de Janeiro becomes involved in the world of "knife culture" when he sets out to find the killer of one of his models.

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(as Walter Salles Jr.)

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Peter Mandrake
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Hermes (as Tcheky Karyo)
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Mariet
Raul Cortez ...
Lima Prado
Giulia Gam ...
Gisela
Paulo José ...
Detective
Eduardo Conde ...
Roberto Mitry
René Ruiz ...
José Zakkai - Iron Nose (as Rene Ruiz)
Tonico Pereira ...
Rafael
Miguel Ángel Fuentes ...
Camilo Fuentes (as Miguel Angel Fuentes)
Cássia Kiss ...
Mercedes (as Cassia Kiss)
Iza Do Eirado ...
Zélia
Tony Tornado ...
Iron Nose's Bodyguard
Eduardo Waddington ...
Knife Dealer
Alvaro Freire ...
Evilásio - Mitry's Butler (as Álvaro Freire)
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An American photographer in Rio de Janeiro becomes involved in the world of "knife culture" when he sets out to find the killer of one of his models. Written by Cornel Ormsby <LionInOil@aol.com>

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Drama | Thriller

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14 November 1992 (Japan)  »

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$356,825 (USA)
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Feature directorial debut for documentary filmmaker Walter Salles Jr. See more »

Goofs

The knife dealer says the Applegate-Fairbairn knife is used by British commandos. Actually the knife is a redesign of the Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife that was widely used in WWII, the Applegate-Fairbairn wasn't issued to any armed forces to this day. See more »

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Peter Mandrake: All my life, I've been looking for something... different.
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References Cul-de-sac (1966) See more »

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I've Got A Kick Out Of You
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Sarah Chrétien
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This will be a cult movie.
21 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fighting with edged weapons fell into obscurity after the advent of the gun. The old European blade skills almost died out, as did the Oriental arts of Arnis, Escrima, and Silat(which were derived in part from the fighting art of the Spanish Conquistadors).

The science of blade fighting smoldered weakly for five hundred years in remote outposts of Indonesia, the Philippines and Japan where the gun never quite captured the imagination of peoples who had truly understood steel.

Recently, for reasons which are still obscure, blade skills have enjoyed a renaissance as a legitimate martial art in the United States. A sub-culture of knife fighting students has emerged which will be the audience of this excellent movie.

This film stands almost alone as an artistic representation of training and fighting with edged weapons. Early in the movie Tcheky Karyo carries off a chilling and realistic knife-fighting sequence which makes the hair stand up on the neck. He then plays the instructor, showing the viewer the simple beauty of how an art thousands of years old can be transmitted.

Peter Coyote makes us see the mental and physical journey of the student. At the climax of the movie he manages to project truly the mind-set needed to face steel with steel as he goes toe-to-toe with the true master in a duel to the death.

The training sequences in this movie are clear expressions of real techniques used in the old arts of Arnis and Escrima, with elements of European blade practice thrown in. The film could actually be studied as a training aid.

A certain amount of "Hollywood" was included to extend the final fighting sequence for dramatic effect, but this will not be noticed by the novice and should not interfere with the enjoyment of any viewer interested in the arts involved.

This film is an example of the movie being better than the book. Rubim Fonseca's book "The High Art" contained only the germ of the grim plot which the movie fully exploits. For some reason, after having his character learn the high art, Fonseca has him put the knife away in a drawer and back away from the brutal reality of the science he has learned, contenting himself with amorous conquests rather than the quest for vengeance which was the real core of the book.

This movie will have a limited but loyal audience for many years. It is sad that there will probably never be a DVD version in which the frames could be stopped to better understand the science involved.


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