Black God White Devil

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In this foundational film of Brazil’s cinema novo movement, Glauber Rocha explores the climate of fear that gripped the country in the 1940s. The film is a parable of a peasant who, after killing his master, seeks salvation. Following a principle Rocha termed “Aesthetics of Hunger”, the film unapologetically depicts desperate poverty and the brutality of working class life.

Shot with hand-held cameras in stark black-and-white, Rocha created a veneer of deliberate amateurism, which rejected prevalent Western filmmaking conventions of the time. Sequences of action dissolve into frenetic montages of split-second close-ups, designed to disorient and emotionally unsettle the viewer.

BBFC rating
12A
Year
1964
Running time
113 mins
Country
Brazil
Director
Glauber Rocha
Cast
Geraldo Del Rey, Yoná Magalhães, Othon Bastos

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