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Blu-ray Review: City Of God

The Film

City Of God is all too often cited as the Brazilian Goodfellas.

While it’s a fine comparison to have made towards the film – there’s far more to it than simply following in the footsteps of Scorsese’s classic. Yes, it has an epic narrative which spans multiple decades and charts the lives of a group of criminals – but Fernando Meirelles’ 2002 masterpiece has its own distinctions which make it culturally and thematically unique. Scorsese wouldn’t begin a movie with Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro chasing a fleeing chicken through the streets of New York.

It’s also significant that City Of God’s characters aren’t drawn to the glitz and glamour of criminality – instead drawn to the path as a way to break free from their oppressive and poverty stricken slum backgrounds. There’s true horror in the films portrayal of gang culture, with
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Win City of God on Blu-ray

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To mark the release of City of God on Blu-ray 19th September, Miramax have given us two copies of the movie to give away.

City Of God was adapted by Fernando Meirelles from the 1997 novel of the same name written by Paulo Lins. It depicts the growth of organized crime in the Cidade de Deus suburb of Rio de Janeiro, between the end of the ‘60s and the beginning of the ‘80s, with the closure of the film depicting the war between the drug dealer Li’l Zé and criminal Knockout Ned.

Extras: News from a personal war / A Conversation with Fernando Meirelles

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The small print:

Open to UK residents only Only one entry per household will be counted The competition will close 26th
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City of God – Blu-Ray Review

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Fernando MeirellesCity of God is now almost 10 years old and earned significant praise upon its release in 2002. The film follows the lives of the inhabitants of a Rio de Janeiro favela between the late 1960’s to the end of the ’80’s told to us by our narrator Buscape (Rocket) who has ambitions of becoming a photographer and his quest for the perfect photo places him in dangerous situations.

Rocket starts the film off recalling a time when the main force of power in the slum were the Tender Trio who, despite being criminals, looked out for the inhabitants of the slum operating in a kind of Robin Hood manner. When they take a young kid called Lil’ Ze under their wing they soon find that they have bitten off more than they could chew as a seemingly simple heist on a motel turns into a massacre meaning the Trio
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