Black God, White Devil (1964) IMDb

Extent

Seen in 2017.

Subject

Cults and robbers on the dry sertão.

Commentary

Brechtian, but not boring. The general level of filmmaking craft is high, as I’d expect from a “third cinema” classic. Antonio das Mortes in particular is a surprisingly charismatic superhero, but the Christian themes, albeit pleasantly muddled, are still overbearing.

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Sequel:

Antonio das Mortes (1969) IMDb

Extent

Seen in 2016.

Commentary

As advertised, another successful application of Brecht, again with good folk music and occasionally pleasant scenery. One of Rosa’s banners is distractingly reminiscent of middle-school “anime-style” fan art: A poorly proportioned girl with wings, a short skirt and a sword, fighting a dragon.

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