Four Days in September
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I have seen many historical films, and this is one of the best. There are no cardboard heroes or villains in this film; there are lots of moral shades of gray. Are these students terrorists or freedom fighters? Is the ambassador an innocent victim, or an ally of oppressive forces?
Leopoldo Serran's intelligent script is based on Fernando Gabeira's book "O Que E Isso, Companhiero?" The dialogue offers thought-provoking insights into the minds of the individuals involved in these events. The cast gives universally superb performances; particularly impressive is veteran U.S. actor Alan Arkin as Ambassador Charles Elbrick. The film as a whole is well complemented by a memorable musical soundtrack. Barreto's direction is both suspenseful and sensitive. Whether you are interested in Latin American history or just enjoy a well-made drama, I highly recommend this film.
In spite of all these flaws, the movie still works admirably as a snapshot of an era. I understand it was rather easy to sell this movie to the international market because Alan Arkin is in it and the event it is based on involved the kidnapping of an American ambassador. But it would be great if people all over the world could also see another movie titled "Pra Frente Brasil". The story is fictitious but inspired by actual facts: while the 1970 World Cup is taking place and the whole Brazilian population is glued to television sets, a guy is captured by mistake and tortured to death by the police. Brazil won that World Cup, so the whole country was in a celebratory mood while the horrors of repression were happening in the underground.
A small group of radical students became revolutionaries. Clearly they were over their heads with their dreams of freedom. A bungled bank robbery caused one of the students to be tortured and imprisoned. Something drastic had to be done. Several hard-boiled older radicals came to assist them and the plan for the kidnap was hatched. How it played out is the brought to the screen by Bruno Baretto, as all the participants from the student dreamer played by Pedro Cardoso, to the strong minded woman who saw herself as a revolutionary, played by Fernanda Torres, are shown to be both dangerous and naïve. Alan Arkin is cast as the ambassador and some of the scenes between him and his captors are masterpieces of subtlety and realism. We see many sides of the problem, including the side of the young policeman who has nightmares because his job forces him to torture prisoners.
Instead of making judgment, the film lets the audience experience the realities of the situation, which exacerbates the harshness of the government. The emotional tenseness never ceases and the audience is drawn into the drama. As an epilogue it jumps to a later time, when the original radicals, now older and wiser are freed in a prisoner exchange.Read more ›
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Based on an self-biographical book of Fernando Gabeira, "Four days" presents us the portrait around the kidnapping of the Noth-American Ambassador (Alan Arkin) in September... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Hiram Gòmez Pardo Venezuela
This film is not quite as great as I remembered it, but it's still good enough for repeated viewings..I recommend it.Published 13 months ago by Norman Triplett
Moving to Brazil and looking at movies to practice our Portuguese and give us a bit of insight into the history and culture of Brazil. Read morePublished 17 months ago by HerouxFamily
Its ok, I didnt know about the kidnappn before watching the movie, I mean in real life... Ive been watching these kind of movies for a long time, I had to buy this.Published on February 27, 2013 by Edgar S.
FOUR DAYS IN SEPTEMBER (1997)
Starring Alan Arkin.
A Brazialian film in Portugese telling the true story on when in Sept, 1969, a group of Communist... Read more
Fascinating, true story of the kidnapping of the American Ambassador to
Brazil (a terrific performance by Alan Arkin) in 1969 by a mostly young,
nervous group of... Read more
Very quick to receive the DVD - reasonably priced and an excellent movie about political intrigue and mystery during the late 60's.Published on December 9, 2010 by Peter J. Sheldon
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