Part Latin American Western, part epic ballad, 25 year old film director Glauber Rocha more or less invented South American visionary cinema with this tale of an unlikely Bonnie and Clyde fleeing through the Brazilian backlands.
Nominated for the 1964 Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, the film tells the story of peasants caught between religion and the army. In the end, their fight is to realise that a man’s destiny is in his own hands. Shot with hand-held cameras in stark black-and-white, and accompanied by haunting Brazilian folk ballads composed by Sérgio Ricardo, Glauber Rocha created a veneer of deliberate amateurism, which rejected prevalent Western filmmaking conventions of the time.
The screening will be introduced by Benedict Morrison, Lecturer of Literature and Film at Exeter University. Benedict’s interests include, queer cinema, British television, and the films of Peter Greenaway
Benedict Morrison is a lecturer in English literature and film at the University of Exeter. He is currently working on a monograph on inarticulate film form, mapping out alternative critical approaches to cinematic incoherence. He hopes to pursue research into modes of queerness in Brazilian cinema.
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“The most beautiful thing I have seen in a decade – filled with poetic savagery”Luis Buñuel