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 »
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 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.
Brazilian movie inspired by American westerns (but losing none of its cultural integrity) about Cangaceiro (bandit) Teodoro who falls in love with a small town school teacher who his gang ... See full summary »
André, relatively poor, falls in love with Silvia, a neighbor whom he spies with a telescope. Falling more and more in love with her, he begins to follow her around the city and realizes ... See full summary »
Renata de Lélis,
Womanizer suddenly finds a woman who makes him change the way he looks at women. He falls in love, and believes she is in fact all women in one. Because of that, he has to face an important... See full summary »
A very well done movie with deep and important social and economic issues
The amazing first scene of "The man who was turned to juice" indicates that this is not an ordinary movie, but a very special film which should be much more remembered and referenced. That impression was not false at all. This is the story of the funny main character, Deraldo, brilliantly portrayed by always excellent actor José Dumont, who is accused of murder. While trying not to be arrested, Deraldo survives with difficulties but does not accept the subordinate position that is expected from a poor guy like him, who came from Brazilian Northeast to huge and urban São Paulo town to improve his life (tough also living in bad conditions and suffering prejudice). This is a clever movie about class and labor relations, about center x periphery (or also modern x traditional), about salaried work, about the subordination of citizenship to formal inclusion. Other issues are also well treated concurrently, such as the macho culture, misogyny, illiteracy, the persecution of street workers, the values of military dictatorship and repression against unions, the generation contrasts, spectacularization of poverty, Brazilian economy... Both the dialogues and cinematography are great. The soundtrack is very well chosen, representing both Northeastern culture and the social and economic issues treated in the movie. All the actors do a great job but, as already mentioned in this review, José Dumont performs in a higher level, he is nothing but superb! Both he and the movie itself won international prizes. Nobody can deny that is is absolutely deserved. To resume, is there a place for poetry in this harsh world? Is there a place for rebellion? How not to be smashed?
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