The story of a famous Brazilian criminal, called The Red Light Bandit because he always used a red flashlight to break in the houses during the night. Working alone, he also used to rape his female victims.
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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 ... See full summary »
Geraldo Del Rey,
Eduardo Coutinho was filming a movie with the same name in the Northeast of Brazil, in 1964, when there came the military coup. He had to interrupt the project, and came back to it in 1981,... See full summary »
Tite de Lemos,
The Caravana Rolidei rolls into town with the Gypsy Lord at the mike: he does magic tricks, the erotic Salomé dances, and the mute Swallow performs feats of strength. A young accordion ... See full summary »
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Paulo César Peréio,
In a small city of Brazil, Flor (a very good looking woman) marries Vadinho, a very handsome and erotic man. Once married she finds he is a good-for-nothing. She works teaching cooking to ... See full summary »
Period piece about a Brazil that is no more. This movie is the sequel to "God and the Devil in the Land of the Sun" (Deus e o diabo na terra do sol), and takes place 29 years after Antonio ... See full summary »
Maurício do Valle,
The story a famous Brazilian criminal, called The Red Light Bandit because he always used a red flashlight to break in the houses during the night. Working alone, he also used to rape his female victims. Written by
A Milestone of the Brazilian "Cinema Marginal" (Underground Cinema)
In the 60's, The Red Light Bandit (Paulo Villaça) is a famous Brazilian criminal, who uses a red flashlight while breaking into residences in São Paulo, and usually rapes his female victims. The police chases him as a legend, but does not know his true identity.
In the end of the 60's in Brazil, young directors broke with the Brazilian movement "Cinema Novo" (meaning "New Cinema"), and begin a new movement, called "Cinema Marginal" (meaning "Underground Cinema"). "O Bandido da Luz Vermelha" is a milestone of this new current of filmmakers. Rogério Sganzerla presents this movie as if it were a popular police radio chronic of São Paulo and in a very chaotic way, following the worldwide movement of counterculture and the Brazilian Tropicalismo, in the toughest period of the military dictatorship in my country. This movie is the debut of Sonia Braga in the cinema, and her participation is limited to one scene, as a victim of the criminal. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "O Bandido da Luz Vermelha" ("The Red Light Bandit")
Note: On 09 December 2010, I saw this film again on DVD.
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