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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3,7 Man of idea(l)s finally accepts that gents, no matter how exalted their level of responsibility, would emphatically strive to defend their interests rather than sink divides in the pursuit of common progress; that there's a brutal pragmatism about the way politics operates & all the collateral damage left in its wake; that strifes are kept going at huge costs for rather mundane, selfish reasons. Well-trodden path
A true revolutionary masterpiece. Rocha crafts an intricate and scathing view of politics and the politicians who succumb to them and the people caught in between. With very little optimism, this film sheds no light on anybody and breathes life into the fact that politics are evil and soul sucking and even though you might have a beautiful death, what was it all for? Truly riveting and haunting cinematography.
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.
3.5 - Entranced Earth is a Who's Who of Brazilian Cinema. And Glauber made it as the most accessible of his impenetrable films. When the camera moves, you're in cinema heaven. The editing is a masterclass and every composition is holy. When the politics are on the table you feel all the dirtiness possible and you feel dirty yourself. But it loses me at the Marxist soliloquies & the typical tormented acting of the 60s