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The Age of the Earth (1980)

A Idade da Terra (original title)
Four Third-World Christs try to stop the American industrialist John Brahms in Glauber Rocha's experimental film inspired by Pier Paolo Pasolini's murder.


Glauber Rocha


Castro Alves (poem), Glauber Rocha (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Maurício do Valle Maurício do Valle ... Brahms
Jece Valadão ... Indian Christ
Antonio Pitanga Antonio Pitanga ... Black Christ
Tarcísio Meira ... Military Christ
Geraldo Del Rey ... Revolutionary Christ
Ana Maria Magalhães ... Aurora Madalena
Norma Bengell ... Amazon Queen
Danuza Leão Danuza Leão ... Brahms' Wife
Carlos Petrovicho Carlos Petrovicho ... Devil
Mário Gusmão Mário Gusmão ... Babalaô
Paloma Rocha Paloma Rocha ... Young Woman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carlos Castelo Branco Carlos Castelo Branco ... Self
Tetê Catalão Tetê Catalão
Vanderley dos Santos Catalão Vanderley dos Santos Catalão
Adelmo Rodrigues da Silva Adelmo Rodrigues da Silva


The day that Pier Paolo Pasolini was killed, Glauber Rocha decided to make this film about the life of Christ in the Third World. Starting from a dialectical synthesis between capitalism and socialism, and a search of interracial relationships in Brazil, Rocha created a work of religious and prophetic tone that results in a kind of bewilderment contemplative, now lyrical, now frantic, soaked in a new messianism. In his last film, the director proposed a tune of sounds and images that build a picture of Brazil and a portrait of himself. Written by jsanchez

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Final film of Glauber Rocha. See more »


[repeated lines]
Military Christ: This is the sewer of universe. We are doomed! An atomic implosion has taken place at the Earth's core. A war between denizens of the abyss. Our structure have been destroyed, our foundations shaken.
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Alternate Versions

The version presented by Glauber Rocha in the Venice Film Festival runned 160 minutes. See more »


Featured in Glauber o Filme, Labirinto do Brasil (2003) See more »

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Something new about Brasil
27 June 2018 | by besheratSee all my reviews

I watched the Brazilian film "A Idade da Terra" by Glaube Rocha, from 1980 .The film begins five-minute staff of the rising sun, with the Brazilian, indigenous music. The following are alternate shots of contrasts of light and darkness, music, songs and dances, colorful costumes , which remindes me of the famous Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Alternate story about the end of the world, with tales of revolutions in the world, the independence of all countries, the totality of U.S. policy. Less knowledge about the historical and social conditions in Brazil ,hinder me in understanding some parts of the film, especially when it comes to associations with some political leaders and political events in Brazil, and the entire film I experienced as a theatrical performance. I can not say I understand it well enough, just hints of something about which I do not have enough knowledge and information.

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17 November 1980 (Brazil) See more »

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Color | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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