5.6/10
71
1 user 2 critic

Azyllo Muito Louco (1970)

A new priest comes to a Brazilian coastal town and builds an insane asylum. Eventually the whole population ends up in the asylum.

Writers:

Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Machado de Assis (story "O alienista")
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Stars: Hugo Carvana, Sonia Dias, Anecy Rocha
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In 1594 in Brazil, the Tupinambás Indians are friends of the French and their enemies are the Tupiniquins, friends of the Portuguese. A Frenchman (Arduíno Colassanti) is captured by the ... See full summary »

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Stars: Arduíno Colassanti, Ana Maria Magalhães, Eduardo Imbassahy Filho
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

To entertain some thieves, a blind guitar player tells them the story of a man from the Northeast of Brazil, involved with criminals living in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, who allegedly ... See full summary »

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Stars: Ney Santanna, Anecy Rocha, Joffre Soares
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Stars: Lavoisier Albernaz, Denise Alvarez, Barbara Brandt
Barren Lives (1963)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A poor family in the Northeast of Brazil (Fabiano, the father; Sinhá Vitória, the mother; their 2 children and a dog called Baleia) wander about the barren land searching for a better place... See full summary »

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Stars: Átila Iório, Maria Ribeiro, Orlando Macedo
Fome de Amor (1968)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Alfredo, a former revolutionary who is blind, deaf and mute, and his hedonistic wife are visited in their seaside house by another couple, just arriving from New York: a frustrated pianist ... See full summary »

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Stars: Leila Diniz, Irene Stefânia, Arduíno Colassanti
Jubiabá (1986)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Stars: Grande Otelo, Julien Guiomar, Charles Baiano
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Graciliano Ramos' period he spent in prison after being considered a subversive element by the government.

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Stars: Carlos Vereza, Glória Pires, Nildo Parente
Rio 40 Graus (1955)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A semi-documentary on the people of Rio de Janeiro. The camera follows boys from a hillside shanty town who sell peanuts at Copacabana, Sugar Loaf Mountain, and a soccer game. Various ... See full summary »

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Stars: Modesto De Souza, Roberto Bataglin, Jece Valadão
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Stars: Manfredo Bahia, José Reynaldo Cezaretto, Nestor Alves de Lima
Insônia (1980)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Directors: Emmanuel Cavalcanti, Luiz Paulino Dos Santos, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Nelson Dantas, Bete Mendes, Otávio Augusto
Quem é Beta? (1972)
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

After a catastrophe that modified the world's natural state and destroyed civilized society, a couple begins a new life in a shelter. Their relationship is disturbed by the arrival of a woman.

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Stars: Noëlle Adam, Arduíno Colassanti, Manfredo Colassanti
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Nildo Parente Nildo Parente ... Father Simão Bacamarte
Isabel Ribeiro ... D. Evarista
Arduíno Colassanti Arduíno Colassanti ... Porfírio (as Arduino Colasanti)
Irene Stefânia Irene Stefânia ... Porfírio's lover (as Irene Stephania)
Leila Diniz Leila Diniz ... Eudóxia
Ana Maria Magalhães Ana Maria Magalhães
Nelson Dantas Nelson Dantas ... The Accountant
Manfredo Colassanti Manfredo Colassanti ... The Judge (as Manfredo Colasanti)
José Kléber José Kléber
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gabriel Archanjo Gabriel Archanjo
Marco Fernando Botino Marco Fernando Botino
Roberto Castro Roberto Castro
Roberto Delachaume Roberto Delachaume
Roberto Ferreira Roberto Ferreira
Jose Paulo Gibrail Jose Paulo Gibrail
Edit

Storyline

Based on 19th century story "O Alienista" by great Brazilian writer Machado de Assis, the film is a free adaptation, telling the story of Catholic priest Simão Bacamarte who comes to the small town of Serafim to investigate on the phenomenon of madness and ends up putting most of its inhabitants in an asylum, making things get out of control. Written by fabreu

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

29 November 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Alienista See more »

Filming Locations:

Parati, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in Mulheres de Cinema (1978) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Gotta be total nuts to enjoy this trash
30 May 2017 | by Rodrigo_AmaroSee all my reviews

From the series embarrassing ourselves in Cannes again. Brought on by the same director who provided the equally frustrating and awful "O Amuleto De Ogum", Mr. Nelson Pereira dos Santos creates in "Azyllo Muito Louco" ("A Crazier Asylum") one of the most excruciating films of all time, with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. This free adaptation of Machado De Assis work "O Alienista" (the book is regarded as a classic but it's one of his few I couldn't even finish, or maybe I did and don't remember) is a mess from the very first minutes but as a hopeless viewer who believes in a film all the way towards its conclusion I sat through it all and it didn't get better. It's no use to call it a junk or trash or ridiculous. It's pointless using those words. But trust me, it's terrible.

The psychedelic was so trendy back then in music, literature and films that Mr. Santos seemed to provide such input with this thing but he didn't gave us a purpose for it. Brazil, 19th Century and this is the story of Father Simão Bacamarte (Nildo Parente, excellent character actor in many TV series but he's the lead in this film) and his administration of a wrecked church of a coastal town and whose first initiative is to develop an asylum for the mentally ill people of the region. However, his definition for insanity and crazed acts expands the more he gets acquainted with the town's people and he conducts the arrests of more and more people. One clear dumb example: there was this black guy who inherited a fortune from a relative and he decided to give it to those who ain't got much in their lives. He was sent to the asylum. And when a relative of his, her nephew I guess, explains the whole ordeal, trying to defend him she also gets committed to the place. Simão's place consists of brainwashing, in this case, a system where he chants repetitive words to make the "patients" truly believe they're insane and no longer responsible for their acts. But the game will turn on him...

Well I wonder...If the idea was to tell us that people of authority in Brazil were corrupt, perverted and crazier than the average respectable citizen but they're the ones in charge, so basically they can do whatever they want, I respect that idea and I believe in it. This is truly what's this all about. True then during the final days of monarchy and it's even more true now during our current political crisis revolving impeachments, new governments and absurd laws which doesn't favor the majority. If that's the idea...which means the deeper message, the whole background is marvelous, specially if we consider this was done during the military regime and the people in charge of the nation failed to see it, with no censorship at all and went sent this film to Cannes, a more intellectual audience who knew exactly the excrement that was going on in here. However, the foreground of such idea is terribly, miserably and awfully executed; it doesn't conquer viewers, it arranges detractors.

This is first class torture, being the soundtrack the most stupid and painful experience I've ever heard. Santos uses scary noises in between dialogues, music scratches from scene to scene, dragging on and on at times while trying to create a suspense effect, and the film fails to decide if it's a drama, a comedy or pure satire. It fails on all accounts. The priest is deranged from the get-go, abuses of power though he firmly believes he's curing people and saving them from worst destinies. Problem is: he's not doing any of that, he can't do anything like it because his views on mental issues, insanity or whatever, is too narrow minded. In one scene, he simply explains that one factor alone contributes for a person to be committed to an institution, something like without morals, ethic or similar and the person is simply crazy. If the line between sane and insane is that thin, well boy, we're in deep trouble. And who gets to constitute such laws? A man drenched in religious ideas and one who doesn't want to convert people to his basis, and he just want to have power over simple individuals. And I'm not saying such idea isn't worthy of view because it is, it feels real. The problem complicates because the writers and the director make a mess with this material, without appeal or anything interesting, one sequel replaces the other in a purposeless manner, it's all very detached, with no life to it.

My whole experience with it was as if I'm not feeling anything except pain, boredom, weariness, as if was looking to something repulsive, lacking in artistic qualities and the ones allegedly existing were poorly delivered or pretentiously presented. The film title though written in an odd fashion (Azyllo instead of Asilo) which seems to indicate an error, therefore we think of it as a comedy, isn't written wrongly. Azyllo - means asylum - was the original Portuguese language of the word back in the 1800's where the story takes place, with an Z and two L's. Well, if this was a comedy I'm definitely wasn't laughing. Avoid it all costs unless you're into inexplicable experiences. 2/10


0 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed