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737 Ratings

Black God, White Devil

Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol

Directed by Glauber Rocha
Brazil, 1964
Drama, History


Wanted for killing his boss, Manuel (Geraldo del Rey) flees with his wife Rosa (Yoná Magalhães) to the sertão, the barren landscape of Northern Brazil. Thrust into a primordial violent region, Manuel and Rosa come under the influence and control of a series of frightening figures.

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Black God, White Devil Directed by Glauber Rocha

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1964 | Nominee: Palme d'Or

1964 | Winner: Camera d'Or


Critics reviews

Rocha’s hectic drama is… a political Western that rages at Brazil’s governmental corruption and plutocratic oppression but also despairs of demagogic remedies. His raw, grand, tremulous, terrifyingly urgent images—and the raucous, incantatory, jagged soundtrack set against them—seem to erupt with long-stifled passions and long-suppressed rage. For all its heroic energy, hortatory anger, and impulsive youth, it’s very much a philosophical work of its time, a majestic fantasy of no way out.
May 12, 2014
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