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Antonio Das Mortes - (Mr Bongo Films) (1969) [DVD]

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  • Directors: Glauber Rocha
  • Format: DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Mr Bongo Films
  • DVD Release Date: 31 May 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003AKJN0K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,242 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

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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

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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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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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HASH(0x8bede90c) out of 5 stars Warning - may not play on a region 1 player 15 Mar. 2011
By firecoalman - Published on Amazon.com
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I take a star off this superb movie with great regret. I awaited it with such excitement since I had not seen it since the New Yorker Theater 40 years ago and had such a fond memory of it. What a disappointment when, upon inserting it in my region 1 DVD player, I immediately saw a screen announcing its incompatibility. It did play on my computer using Realplayer. However, I could not devise any strategy to activate the English subtitles.

Now the good news. The print of the film here had lost none of its rich vibrant color. The music track is every bit as exciting as I remembered. If you know the basic story and have even a fragmentary knowledge of Portuguese, it is not hard to follow. It can be watched as one of the most fantastic music videos of all time. The glue of the soundtrack is the exultant african chorale music of Minas Gerais (the last film I watched before this was Herzog's "Cobra Verde" and this makes a fascinating companion piece to the West African chorale music therein). But there are also Portuguese fado ballads, something that sounds like Bethany Beardslee singing Schoenberg and a final piece that sounds more like Mississippi blues than anything else I've ever heard from Latin America. So, if you can stand to watch something incredibly beautiful (the sweeping vistas of the Brazilian Sertao and the aforementioned rich coloration) set to an uplifting soundtrack, I would not be offput by the lack of subtitles (there were some partial French subtitles to some of the songs that helped me).

Finally, someone is going to say "magical realism"; there is nothing here that violates the rules of realism except that the action is as stylized as a Greek play and the dialogue equally poetic in its flow. This is not a Caixao Ze (Coffin Joe) movie with demons popping up every few seconds. The only thing disorienting is that we are kept unsure of what time this is taking place in - it seems 19th century until trucks rumble through. Someone is going to say "spaghetti western"; but again the action and dialogue are too stylized to really bear any such semblance - the only similarity is that there are some knife & gun fights. This is something very original for its time (or this one) and should be taken on that basis.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b65548c) out of 5 stars at times symbolic and even surrealistic 21 Sept. 2010
By Richard Brzostek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: 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.
HASH(0x8b50e06c) out of 5 stars Years looking for it! 20 Oct. 2013
By Renzo Strada - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Finally, I got my copy. Hadn't seen this movie since probably 1972, and never had the chance to see it again. Transfer quality is not 10/10, but being the only available version, it's OK.
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