Black God White Devil (1964)by Glauber Rocha

Black God White Devil (1964)
by Glauber Rocha

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.


About Black God White Devil

The film tells the story of a man and a woman, who killing a man, flee into the Sertao, Brazil’s badlands, and there get caught up, first with a religious fanatic and then with a group of bandits.  Flinching uncompromising in its use of hand held cameras, seeking black and white phtogography, and 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 as he attempted to launch a new kind of Brazilian cinema, cinema novo.  The film was nominated for the 1964 Palm d’Or. 

“The most beautiful thing I have seen in a decade – filled with poetic savagery”

Luis Buñuel

Film Director

Benedict Morrison

Benedict Morrison

Lecturer in English, University of Exeter

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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