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  • Actors: Mauricio do Valle
  • Directors: Glauber Rocha
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Mr Bongo Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003AKJN0K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,147 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Antonio Das Mortes" on IMDb

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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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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

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

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard Brzostek VINE VOICE on September 20, 2010
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By firecoalman on March 14, 2011
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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.
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By Renzo Strada on October 20, 2013
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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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