Mauricio do Valle reprises his role as Antonio das Mortes, the troubled hitman from Black God, White Devil. A new incarnation of Cangaceiro bandits, led by Coirana (Loirival Pariz), has risen in the sertão. A blind landowner (Joffre Soares) hires Antonio to wipe out his old nemesis.
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A deeply tourmoiled metaphysical western in the veign of Jodorwsky's El Topo ('70), yet so different; both so amazing. Great also to finally see a movie which can fit Pierre Boulez so well into it's soundtrack!
The film unfolds like a religious sacrament or better yet a blood sacrifice set to folk song calling for a revolution. The bulk of the film Rocha utilizes color and staging to turn individual shots into into religious paintings composing his characters like icons. These ideals are almost systematically crushed and martyred when the characters struggle for power turns into a mini apocalypse. Masterpiece.
One of Rocha's most iconic films, this is replete with religious imagery with St.George at the epicenter of the indigenous people's struggle against landowners' rampant exploitation. Working effectively with polarities (paganism-revolt/bourgeoisie-conformity), it exploits symbolism with great acumen, forming a dramatic palette of choreographed rituals and eroticized 'anthropophagy'. Uneven, but complelling!
The tormented hitman of Black God, White Devil returns in a film heavy on symbolism and furious acting. The atmosphere is once again unique and captivating but the as a whole the film doesn't quite achieve the greatness of Black God, White Devil. Still definitely worth seeing because there aren't many films like those of Glauber Rocha.