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4.0 out of 5 stars at times symbolic and even surrealistic, 21 Sep 2010
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Richard J. Brzostek (New England, USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Antonio Das Mortes - (Mr Bongo Films) (1969) [DVD] (DVD)
Antonio Das Mortes captures a piece of Brazilian culture and folklore. Director Glauber Rocha does not present this film in an entirely straightforward way. It is chaotic, not entirely sequential, at times symbolic and even surrealistic; but throughout it all, it remains artistic. He weaves culture, in especially music, into the story. The amount of singing and dancing interwoven into the tale is considerably more than his other movies and has so much music that narrates the film it is practically a musical.

Antonio meets all of one's expectations of being a tough gunfighter. He has killed countless outlaws and is excited at the prospect at putting down another cangaceiro (rural bandits or pirate lords of the desert). When a wealthy landowner puts out the call for help, he gladly goes to see for himself if there is an outlaw troubling the town. The town has more troubles than just the outlaw - the infidelity of the landowner's wife begets futher dificulties and curruption.

Although Antonio sees himself as upholding the law and order of the government, the poor people in the hills who side with the cangaceiro see him as the evil dragon who Saint George would slay. Antiono comes to regret his actions as the law of one side is the oppressor of another. Subtuly, Rocha makes such political commentary in a way that is not too obvious.

Because Antonio Das Mortes has an atypical presentation, appreciating it takes an eye for sophistication. In other words, this is not one for the masses. Glauber Rocha may have been ahead of his time as his films are still so uniquely different.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Antonio Das Mortes!!, 28 July 2010
This review is from: Antonio Das Mortes - (Mr Bongo Films) (1969) [DVD] (DVD)
Antonio das Mortes is the final instalment in a trilogy of films by the self-appointed leader of the 60s Brazilian Cinema Novo movement, Glauber Rocha. Written as well as directed by Rocha, all three films centre around the figure of the cangaceiro, a holy bandit hero or mystic outlaw, which Rocha likens to Saint George the Dragon-Slayer. In contrast to the first two films, in Antonio das Mortes the central protagonist is not the saint, but the dragon; the `cangaceiro killer' of the film's title, Antonio das Mortes. The story follows Antonio as he is hired by a tyrannical landowner to kill Coriana, the last of the cangaceiros. Antonio and Coriana face each other in a machete duel and, after the fatal blow is struck, all-out chaos ensues.
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