Twenty Years Later (1984) Poster

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The Neverending Brazilian Story
claudio_carvalho9 July 2005
In 1962, in the country city of Sapé, Paraíba, the peasant leader João Pedro Teixeira is executed by those affected by his attempt of organizing the explored men of the field. In 1964, the CPC of UNE (a group of the students) and the Movimento de Cultura Popular de Pernambuco decide to make a movie about the life and death of João Pedro. On 26 February 1964, begins the shootings in Engenho Galiléa, Pernambuco, with the wife of João Pedro, Elizabeth Teixeira, performing the role of herself. Thirty-five days later, on April 1st 1964 – the day of the military coup-d'état and beginning of the military dictatorship, the location is invaded by the Brazilian Army, searching for subversives and Cubans and arresting the local leaders and crew-members. Seventeen years later, director Eduardo Coutinho returns to the location, and interview the survivors, looking for the members of Teixeira's family, shattered by the former regime.

"Cabra Marcado Para Morrer"is an amazing awarded Brazilian documentary, with impressive testimony of a political period of the shadows of our contemporary history. Although living presently in a democracy, it is sad to see that the same problems in the field remains unchangeable in the present days, or maybe worse than in those period. Even with a president former worker originated from the lower classes, the problem in the country remains unresolved. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Cabra Marcado Para Morrer" ("Dude Marked to Die")
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Extremely Honest Documentary
brasil-318 June 1999
A very fine and poignant documentary. Rarely does one see such brutally honest self-criticism in a film. No doubt, one of the best Brazilian documentaries.
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Brazil is more than Rio and the rainforest.
danielpoeira3 April 2000
Brazil is more than Rio and the rainforest. Sometimes I wish it wasn't, like when I watch this movie. In the early 60s, farm workers in Pernambuco organized themselves against labor exploitaition. Some people tried to make a movie about it. But when the military dictatorship came, they have all been arrested. The movie was banned, people arrested, equipment taken, and the leader of the workers was murdered. In 1985, the original movie crew went back to the place and found the people, interviewing them to find out what happened through all these horror years.
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A proof of why good ideas are hard to kill and a good documentary
Rodrigo_Amaro14 May 2011
In 1962, director Eduardo Coutinho decided to make a film about peasant leader João Pedro killed on an ambush after some rivalry between his union movement and his bosses in Brazil's Northeast. The film had to be interrupted after the Military Dictatorship in 1964, part of the material was confiscated considered of its subversive content by the government, many people involved were arrested and other things happened too. In 1982, twenty years later, the director decided to continue with the movie but this time instead of a feature film he decided to do a documentary telling the story about the figures involved with that film. "Cabra Marcado Para Morrer" (known around the world as "Twenty Years Later") shows how things changed after the repressive government take over the country and the force of a film and an idea that couldn't die.

Coutinho interviews the actors of the original film, workers and people who knew the peasant leader and João Pedro's widow Elizabeth Teixeira and their family, tracking down all of their sons that followed different directions after Elizabeth's prison after she takes over her husband's function at the syndicate. The remaining images of the film filmed in 1962 are often shown with images of the 1980's documentary showing how these people were affected by countless things after the brutal years of political repression. They're old, tired, ordinary people that passed through a lot of things but still fighting against social and political problems, making a good country. They tried but now many years later from this film we're still seeing that many things that union fought to change haven't changed around the country. This is still a country where dissemblance reigns.

Now comes my vision of watching this film. It is a relevant work if you want to know more about the hard years of Military Dictatorship in Brazil; a small story you won't find in history books; and the contrast between time and experiences are fabulous to see. The stories told by João Pedro's widow are very impressive and along with the narration of Ferreira Gullar is the most comprehensible and interesting part of the film.

In terms of opinions of what people say about this is film I found it an overrated documentary, sometimes it loses its point very easily, a film was made, interrupted, other was made to state a poignant thing about how politics can ruin a film but they keep interviewing people with some random question that goes almost nowhere; it is very tiresome, and the version I watched was extremely incomprehensible, the sound was awful during the testimonies of some of João Pedro's sons, the dialect used and the way they talked was too fast and inaudible to understand. It wasn't such a nice experience but it was a memorable one.

10 star rating for it? I don't think so! I'm still about to see a really great documentary about this dark era. It deserves praise and recognition for showing how powerful the cinema media can be, can survive through decades and years and have great things to say about one people and a nation. In the end, the film lasted while the regime haven't, it was dying when this film was started again. 7/10
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The history turning on a story turning on the history
9837147 August 2003
This is the best documentary I'd ever seen. Show in a carnal way how the press work to a government, and how the paranoid take care of it, with barbarous consequences. An unique movie, with a dramatic self-history, that is the dramatic self history of a country and all a continent. Art in pure state.
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amazing movie
guilhermeoficial-4769717 September 2021
Warning: Spoilers
The turn in the plot is just fucking incredible, a brazilian masterpiece.
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