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, has risen. A blind landowner hires Antonio to wipe out his old nemesis. Yet after outwitting Coirana and accompanying the dying man to a 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 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
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
Licensed from Grupo Novo Cinema e TV on behalf of the Rocha family.