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Black God, White Devil (1964)

Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol (original title)
After killing his employer when said employer tries to cheat him out of his payment, a man becomes an outlaw and starts following a self-proclaimed saint.


Glauber Rocha


Glauber Rocha
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Cast overview:
Geraldo Del Rey ... Manuel
Yoná Magalhães ... Rosa
Othon Bastos Othon Bastos ... Corisco
Maurício do Valle Maurício do Valle ... Antônio das Mortes
Lidio Silva Lidio Silva ... Sebastião
Sonia Dos Humildes Sonia Dos Humildes ... Dadá
João Gama João Gama ... Priest
Antônio Pinto Antônio Pinto ... Colonel
Milton Rosa Milton Rosa ... Moraes (as Milton Roda)
Roque Santos Roque Santos ... (as Roque)


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 common rural worker Manuel into a life of crime, joining the gang of Antonio's sworn enemy, Corisco the Blond Devil (Othon Bastos), and the Pedra Bonita Massacre. Written by Cristian Redferne <Harlock@prodigy.com>

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »


Corisco: Here's my rifle to save the poor from starving.
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Referenced in Cinema Falado (1986) See more »


A Mãe
Written by Glauber Rocha & Sérgio Ricardo
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A great piece of art
15 June 2004 | by cybermorphySee all my reviews

Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol isn't just a good Brazilian movie. This is an actual masterpiece, compared to the big ones in the history of cinema. It's not a boring and too regional film, but deals with universal aspects of human nature, such as blind devotion, love, hate, and all kinds of misery. Glauber Rocha, with only 22 years, made a mix of Eisenstein, Italian neo-realism and nouvelle-vague, under a background of cordel literature (our pulp fictions). The Mauricio do Valle character, Antonio das Mortes, is fundamentally a European western anti-hero, and certainly inspired Leone, Corbucci and others in the development of their scripts. The soundtrack, with Villa Lobbos and Rocha&Ricardo songs, matches perfectly with the dry landscape of the Brazilian Northeast. In short, Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol must be known. If you have open mind and like great cinema, and not just the popcorn no-brain north-American blockbusters, try this one.

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Release Date:

10 July 1964 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

God and the Devil in the Land of the Sun See more »

Filming Locations:

Canudos, Bahia, Brazil See more »

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1.33 : 1
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