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The Lion Has Seven Heads
7.1
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922 Ratings

THE LION HAS SEVEN HEADS

Der Leone Have Sept Cabeças

Directed by Glauber Rocha
Brazil, Italy, 1970
Drama, Avant-Garde

Synopsis

As revolution brews in an African nation, liberation leader Zumbi gathers new recruits. Meanwhile, a Latin-American insurgent is captured by a white preacher of apocalypse. Soon the two rebels must face a German mercenary, his Portuguese advisor and a US agent—all working for a mysterious woman.

Synopsis

As revolution brews in an African nation, liberation leader Zumbi gathers new recruits. Meanwhile, a Latin-American insurgent is captured by a white preacher of apocalypse. Soon the two rebels must face a German mercenary, his Portuguese advisor and a US agent—all working for a mysterious woman.

Our take

Shot in the newly independent Republic of Congo while in exile from his native Brazil, this incendiary work by Cinema Novo icon Glauber Rocha throws a Molotov cocktail at colonial oppression. Starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, its subversive tableaux and ravishing visuals are charged with resistance.