Deus e o diabo na terra do sol (Black God, White Devil). 1964. Brazil. Directed by Glauber Rocha. In Portuguese; English subtitles. 125 min.
Screenplay by Rocha, Walter Lima, Jr., Paolo Gil Soares. With Geraldo Del Rey, Yoná Magalhães, Othon Bastos. The great Cinema Novo movement’s leading light was Glauber Rocha, whose manifesto, “Aesthetics of Hunger,” and passion for finding a cinematic language capable of reflecting the country’s tremendous social and human problems was frequently discussed in the circle of artists around Lygia Clark (an alternative artistic milieu of which Rocha was also a part). The film is the frenzied parable of a peasant who has killed his master and seeks help first from a holy man and later from a cangaceiro (a peasant “social bandit” of northeastern Brazil). It is inspired by Brazilian—mostly black—theatrical tradition, but the poetic, almost baroque, style is Rocha’s personal signature.
Friday, May 23, 2014,7:00 p.m.T2, Titus Theater 2
Sunday, May 18, 2014,1:30 p.m.Cullman Education and Research Building, Bartos Theater 3
Saturday, May 17, 2014,4:00 p.m.Cullman Education and Research Building, Bartos Theater 3