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. Yet after besting Coirana and accompanying the dying man to his mountain hideout, Antonio is moved by the plight of the Cangaceiro’s followers. The troubled hitman turns revolutionary, his gun and machete aimed towards his former masters.
Antonio das Mortes, Glauber Rocha’s first film in colour, was awarded Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival of 1969 by a jury headed by Luchino Visconti. Its visual style, radical approach to story-telling and powerful use of music (by composer Marlos Nobre) has had a pervasive influence on film-makers such as Martin Scorsese and Jonathan Demme.
Folk songs, rhymed verse, and lush color fashion a stunning call to arms for the Brazilians and one of the most memorable films of the Cinema Novo Chicago Reader
The film is like an epic poem, lionising revolutionaries like Che Guevara as it lovingly photographs the mountains and plains of the country - a land whose people are being destroyed by post-colonial exploitation The Guardian
I was overwhelmed by the style of the film, it took the film to another level. Later, I became obsessed by the film...The intensity builds with the music creating extraordinary emotional moments Martin Scorsese
Cast & Credits: Mauricio do Valle / Odete Lara / Hugo Carvana / Joffre Soares / Directed & Written: Glauber Rocha / Music: Marlos Nobre
Awards: Cannes Film Festival (1969): Won, Best Director / Cannes Film Festival (1969): Nominated, Palme d'Or
Technical: 1969 / 100 minutes / Portuguese with English subtitles / Mono audio / 1.33 : 1 Colour / DVD PAL Multi Region / MRBDVD027