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Black God, White Devil (Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol) (1964)

Black God, White Devil (Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol) (1964)

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Just twenty five years old, Brazilian cinema novo force Glauber Rocha wrote and directed this impressive feature addressing socio-political problems within his country--and indeed, anywhere it may apply. It is the 1940s, during another drought in the Brazilian sertao, when ranch hand Manuel is fed up with his situation. His boss tries to cheat him of his earnings and Manuel kills him, fleeing with his wife, Rosa. Now an outlaw, Manuel joins up with a self-proclaimed saint who condones violence and preaches disturbing doctrines. It is now Rosa who turns to killing and the two are on the move once again. And so it goes, the two running from one allegience to another, following the words of others as they attempt to find a place in their ruthless land. Blending mysticism, religion, and popular culture in this symbolic and realistic drama, Rocha insists that rather than follow the external and obscure dogmas of culture and religion, man must determine his path by his own voice.

Cast

Othon Bastos
as Sebastian
Maurício do Valle
as Antonio das Mortes
Maurício do Valle
as Antonio das Mortes
Lidio Silva
as Corisco
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Critic Reviews for Black God, White Devil (Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol)

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

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.

Full Review… | May 12, 2014
New Yorker
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Simple, black-and-white, more arresting as a shocking polemic than as memorable drama.

Full Review… | April 11, 2007
New York Times
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Rocha's project is fundamentally political, and completely unambiguous: he faces up to the contradictions of his country in an effort to understand, to crush mystiques, and to improve.

Full Review… | April 11, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Strongly recommended.

Full Review… | April 11, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The fusion of European and Afro-Brazilian elements -- dialogue, exquisite black-and-white images, and music by Villa-Lobos -- is startlingly original and poetical in conveying the hope and despair of the oppressed.

Full Review… | April 11, 2007
Chicago Reader
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[VIDEO ESSAY] "Black God, White Devil" is a cinematic call for the audience to reject all political and religious doctrine in favor of an individual liberty at one with nature, something you could call sustainable.

Full Review… | January 22, 2016
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Audience Reviews for Black God, White Devil (Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol)

An essential milestone of Brazilian Cinema that displays a strong sociopolitical conscience and throws us inside a powerful merging of hopeless reality and nightmarish mysticism in a cruel sertão plagued by starvation, drought, violence and religious fanaticism.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

This is an arid & jagged Brazilian film where religious class differences are settled with shotguns in the middle of the desert

Gordon Briggs
Gordon Briggs
½

a jaw dropping blend of eisenstein, ford and bunuel (among others), a unique and mind-blowing experience

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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