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Black God, White Devil (1964)

Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol (original title)
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 »

Director:

Glauber Rocha

Writer:

Glauber Rocha
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Cast

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)
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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 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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Official Sites:

Mr Bongo Films

Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

During the shooting of the scene in which Corisco (Othon Bastos) and Rosa (Yoná Magalhães) kiss passionately, Yoná Magalhães' husband was sitting off-camera, right beside the two actors. During the interview taped for the DVD release, Bastos confessed he was really nervous about it, and wanted to ask the man to leave - but didn't have the nerve to do it. See more »

Quotes

Corisco: Here's my rifle to save the poor from starving.
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Connections

Referenced in The Dare (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Corisco
Written by Glauber Rocha & Sérgio Ricardo
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Starts off great, but...
27 January 2005 | by ctiptonkSee all my reviews

This film begins wonderfully, brilliantly shot and keenly acted- but right as you're sure it's coming to a close, the music suddenly runs uptempo and the narrator says the equivalent of "Wait, there's more!" and the second segment of the film destroys any credibility the first might have established. The director's portrayal of the desert's harshness lends logically to the lunacy of the characters- but Rosa's actions in the second half seem completely unmotivated, as if the actors ran out of script and just start making things up out of boredom in front of the camera. Laudable attempts at Eisenstein-style multiple-repeat editing are a good idea but using them to cover the low-budget nature of the action scenes is not. Overall worth seeing, but I must warn you that I fell asleep towards the end.


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