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Xica da Silva (1976)

The romanced story of Xica da Silva, a slave that used her "feminine atributs" in order to get power.

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Carlos Diegues
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zezé Motta Zezé Motta ... Xica da Silva
Walmor Chagas ... Comendador João Fernandes
Altair Lima ... Intendente
Elke Maravilha Elke Maravilha ... Hortência
Stepan Nercessian Stepan Nercessian ... José
Rodolfo Arena Rodolfo Arena ... Sargento-Mor
José Wilker ... The Count of Valadares
Marcus Vinícius Marcus Vinícius ... Teodoro
João Felicio dos Santos João Felicio dos Santos ... Pároco
Dara Kocy Dara Kocy ... Zefina
Adalberto Silva Adalberto Silva ... Cabeça
Julio Mackenzie Julio Mackenzie ... Raimundo
Beto Leão Beto Leão ... Mathias
Luis Motta Luis Motta ... Taverneiro
Paulo Padilha Paulo Padilha ... Ourives
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Storyline

In the 18th century, in Minas Gerais, the Portuguese mined diamonds and gold. João Fernandes de Oliveira arrives from Lisbon with the Crown's exclusive contract for mining diamonds. He quickly asserts control, letting the intendant and other authorities know that he's onto their corruption. Xica, a slave of the local sergeant-major and possessed of phenomenal sexual drive and tricks that cause men to howl with pleasure, quickly captures João. He denies her no extravagance; miners die for his greed. Eventually Lisbon hears of João's excesses and sends an inspector. José, a political radical, provides Xica refuge; her unrelenting sexual tingle is Brazil's spirit. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

10 September 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Xica See more »

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Embrafilme,Terra Filmes See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Left a bad taste in my mouth
30 March 2003 | by mattymatt4everSee all my reviews

I found the movie somewhat entertaining, but at the same time there was nothing extraordinary about it. It seemed almost like a blaxploitation flick at times, with the arrogant white characters slamming her with the "n" word left and right and Xica rebelling against them in deviant ways. There are some funny moments, but as the film went on I felt more and more unpleasant. First of all, the Xica character, who appears naked through most of the film, is not an attractive woman and in some ways resembles a man with her short hair and nearly flat chest. And I definitely wouldn't be seduced by her in the ways the male characters in the movie were. Of course, there were certain moments that were tasteless to the highest power. In one scene, Xica takes the lamb that someone is about to eat and smothers it with hot pepper, a rotten egg and spits in it. At that point, I was about to run to the restroom and puke. And there were other moments that also left me with an unpleasant feeling. Altogether, I found the film watchable and the theme song is catchy, as I still can't get it out of my head. But it's by no means a great film.

My score: 6 (out of 10)


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