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Os Fuzis (1964)

In an extremely poor region in the Northeast of Brazil, a group of soldiers try to stop the population from sacking a food deposit.

Director:

Ruy Guerra
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Cast

Credited cast:
Átila Iório Átila Iório ... Gaúcho
Nelson Xavier ... Mário
Maria Gladys ... Luísa
Leonidas Bayer Leonidas Bayer ... Sargento
Ivan Cândido Ivan Cândido ... 301
Paulo César Peréio Paulo César Peréio ... Pedro (as Paulo César)
Hugo Carvana Hugo Carvana ... José
Mauricio Loyola Mauricio Loyola ... Beato
Ruy Polanah Ruy Polanah ... Dono do Armazém
Joel Barcellos Joel Barcellos ... Vaqueiro com o filho morto
Antonio Pitanga Antonio Pitanga ... Voz (as Antônio Sampaio)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maria Adélia Maria Adélia
Paulo Campos Paulo Campos
Billy Davis Billy Davis
Hugo Kusnetzoff Hugo Kusnetzoff
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Storyline

In 1963, in the village of Milagres in a very poor area of Brazil, a group of soldiers arrive to protect the store of a politician from a group of starving people. They have rifles for guarding the food and avoid the sacking by the population. One of the soldiers, completely drunken, kills a local in a dispute with his colleagues for killing a goat. The truck driver Gaúcho (Átila Iório) revolts against the passivity of a father that has just lost his little daughter, who died of starvation, and the pacific population that only prays and follows a preacher, and fights against the soldiers. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

Brazil | Argentina

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

10 May 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Gewehre See more »

Filming Locations:

Milagres, Bahia, Brazil See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Award: Prêmio de melhor fotografia no Festival de Pesaro, 1964 - ITALY See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening credits reads: "In memory of Miguel Torres". See more »

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Referenced in Soy Cuba, O Mamute Siberiano (2004) See more »

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The best Brazilian movie I have seen
6 October 2001 | by Jugu AbrahamSee all my reviews

I saw this film in India some 15 years ago and its images remain with me. I do not know Portuguese. I saw this Portuguese language film without English subtitles, yet the power of the visuals and the soundtrack was overwhelming. That in my opinion is the best testimony of good cinema.

There is an Indian film in Telugu made by director Mrinal Sen called "Ooka Oorie Katha," which had a similar impact on me. I found much of Sen's visuals very close to Guerra's film.

I have not had the opportunity to see any other film of Guerra to date. Yet on the basis of this film alone I would rate him and Nelson Pereira dos Santos as the most exciting filmmakers from Brazil. Their grammar of cinema is different from that of Hollywood, that of Europe, that of Asia and even that of Cuban cinema (which is closest in style to the work of the two directors).

From what I recall, film was not in black and white but presented in a dull sepia (not full color). I wonder if it was originally made in black and white and then treated with sepia color in the eighties for effect.

I recommend this film to anyone who likes good cinema that is different from conventional Hollywood material.


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