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Entranced Earth (1967)

Terra em Transe (original title)
In the fictional Latin American country Eldorado, a poet tries to effect political change by influencing powerful men.


Glauber Rocha


Glauber Rocha
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jardel Filho ... Paulo Martins
Paulo Autran ... Porfirio Diaz
José Lewgoy ... Felipe Vieira
Glauce Rocha ... Sara
Paulo Gracindo ... Don Julio Fuentes
Hugo Carvana Hugo Carvana ... Alvaro
Danuza Leão Danuza Leão ... Silvia
Joffre Soares ... Father Gil
Modesto De Souza Modesto De Souza ... Senator
Mário Lago ... Capitain
Flávio Migliaccio ... Common people man
Thelma Reston ... Felício's wife (as Telma Reston)
José Marinho José Marinho ... Jerônimo
Francisco Milani ... Aldo
Paulo César Peréio ... Student


Eldorado, a fictitious country in Latin America, is sparkling with the internal struggle for political power. In the eye of this social convulsion, the jaded journalist Paulo Martins opposes two equally corrupt political candidates: a pseudopopulist and a conservative. In this context, Paulo is torn between the madness of the elite and the blind submission of the masses. But, in this complex tropical reality, nothing really is what it seems to be. Written by <lukejoplin@infolink.com.br>

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Eldorado is a fictional country. It's entirely based on political and social issues of Brazil after 1964 while the country was under a military dictatorship that was over only in 1985. See more »


Felipe Vieira: The streets belong to the people, like the sky belongs to the condors.
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Referenced in Paulo Gracindo - O Bem Amado (2009) See more »


Alué de Candomblé de Bahia
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¨Ride, boldly ride, the shade replied, if you seek for Eldorado!¨ (Edgar A. Poe)
27 November 2017 | by jgcorreaSee all my reviews

This one is incredibly listed in the popular reference book ¨1001 Movies you should see before you die.¨ Eldorado was, of course, Brazil. Director Rocha had some talent, although no sense of humor, which might have helped him in this particular instance. Drama, after all, is simply a serious way of being comic and - like the Romans used to say - ¨castigat ridendo mores¨ - punishing morals via laughter. Ironically, however, Mr. Rocha anticipated in 1967 the Brazil of nowadays, 32 years after the end of a military dictatorship regime: as of 2017 Brazil is a true... land in trance... full of corruption , populism & Tartuffe-like characters! In Rocha's 'fictional' Eldorado country, political power was challenged by an idealist-anarchist journalist-poet who opposed two corrupt politicians: a populist governor and a conservative president (suitably named Porfirio Diaz!). There is nothing wrong with politics-fiction provided there is some good story and some sound plot. But this film is ultra-tiring, irritatingly breathtaking as a kaleidoscopic satire on treacherous dictators who delight in cavorting while their naif electorate helps them to reach power. Filmed in the freestyle of the French Nouvelle Vague, Twisted Earth is approximately a hot mess. Its hand-held camera kinematics made it impossible to understand exactly what was happening in its convoluted plot. In 2017, it is a kind of time capsule, no more than a dated experimental-subversive production article with a leftist vision that advocated the 1960's counter-cultural posture.

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Release Date:

2 May 1967 (Brazil) See more »

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Difilm, Mapa Filmes See more »
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1.66 : 1
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