In the hypothetical Latin-American country of Eldorado, the idealist, anarchist poet and journalist Paulo Martins fights against the populist governor and the conservative president, supported by revolutionary forces. Paulo is torn between the elite’s madness and the blind submission of the masses.
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The trance here is a metaphor for both: convulsion and apathy. As the machine gun bursting through its soundtrack, Rocha fires to every political piece that glues a corrupted system together - one by one. And what a beautiful frontline this is: Entranced Earth combines a cinematic explosion with a point of view, always fearless with those unstoppable cameras and full time carnivals. A brazilian gem to its finest.
cinematically it is a bomb - photography, composition, sound, acting, everything. it loses something for being politically so descriptive - the dialogues are too much focused on political strategy, rather than actual politics. when the film gets emotional - it happens quite often-, it really hits you.
An eclectic film that reminds one of Last Year at Marienbad with its treatment of temporal and spatial changes, or of Godard with it's editing style.Entranced Earth freely intertwines different almost-surreal sequences that help creating one of the most memorable,honest and universal depictions of the corrupt and perhaps hopeless political landscape in which we invariably find ourselves. As true today as it was then.
rocha's camera acts less as a typical means to capture a story but more as an transmitter and agent of chaos, an animal both bound by and set free by instinct -- it never stops moving, and the primacy of the moment overtakes all else. very inspiring
messy and the mixing is bad, but this is a truly strong commentary at that time, not only for the fasict regime for Brazil during that time, but for politics as a whole.
also the editing kinda reminds me of early Resnais
The film is told in a non-linear fashion, composed of one surreal scene after another in striking black & white. Charaters address the camera with their political dialogue, music starts and stops, rapid editing and hand held shots of people in close up - these elements have been used before and since Entranced Earth, but here it's so fresh, so evocative, so engaging that the film makes for a wholly unique experience.