Taking Rome as a backdrop and Roman culture as a target; without a narrative storyline or traditional structure, Rocha is mixing opera (especially from the soundtrack that brings together Bellini and Villa-Lobos), documentary film and experimental cinema. The presence of the provocative Italian director Carmelo Bene and French actress Juliet Berto make it unforgettable. An irreverent and provocative film With Glauber Rocha indelible signature embodied in each plan. —tempoglauber.com
“I’m very famous and pretty poor,” this ironic self-description is an effective summation of the rise and fall of Glauber Rocha. He was the most vocal and flamboyant exponent of Brazil’s Cinema Novo movement, which registered a powerful impact on 60s cinema. Its influence extended from Werner Herzog to Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, Bernardo Bertolucci, Amos Gitai and Jean-Luc Godard (who would cast Rocha as an actor in his Le Vent d’est). Rocha’s films would become rare objects when the zeitgeist of the mid-60s receded and his career would struggle after his self-exile from Brazil following its decline into dictatorship. His early death at the age of 42 left behind a body of work that ranks among the most adventurous in film history.
Glauber Rocha was born in Bahia, a region situated in the Northeastern region of Brazil. The landscape of this region and its unique culture bore an early influence on Rocha. In his career as a journalist and film critic, he would polemicize a… read more