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Antonio Das Mortes

Preview by Jack Foley

FOLLOWING on from the hugely successful and acclaimed Black God, White Devil (Deus eo Diabo na Terra do Sol) comes Glauber Rocha’s powerful award-winning sequel, Antonio Das Mortes aka O Dragão da Maldade contra o Santo Guerreiro.

Part epic, part folklore, part political allegory, Rocha’s Antonio Das Mortes is one of the most memorable films of the Cinema Novo (Brazilian filmmakers movement) by one of its finest filmmakers.

It makes its UK DVD debut, courtesy of Mr Bongo Films on June 28, 2010.

The film returns to the Brazilian Sertao 29 years after Antonio das Mortes killed Corisco (the “Blond Devil”), last of the Cangaceiros.

The legendary ‘warrior saint’ Antonio (Maurício do Valle) is now the central character – a jagunco (hired gunman) contracted to kill cangaceiros and protect a powerful landowner.

He tracks down and kills the members of a guerrilla band, only to realise after killing the last rebel in ritualistic combat that his fight should be against the landowners rather than the dispossessed country folk.

The film celebrates his turn against the military regime that hires him, offering his
righteous fight as a model for all revolutionary resistance and garnered Rocha the Best Director award at the 1969 Cannes Films Festival.

The Guardian wrote: “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.”

Win Antonio Das Mortes on DVD

To celebrate the release of Antonio Das Mortes on DVD on June 28, 2010, IndieLondon has teamed up with Mr Bongo Films to offer readers the chance to win 1 of 2 copies of the DVD. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who directs the award-winning Antonio Das Mortes?

Simply send the answer to Antonio Das Mortes competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email

Certificate: 18
Running time: 100mins
UK DVD Release Date: June 28, 2010