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Black God, White Devil

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Genre  Adventure, Crime, Drama
Writer  Glauber Rocha
Language  Portuguese
7.4/10 IMDb

7.5/10 Letterboxd

Director  Glauber Rocha
Country  Brazil
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Release date  June 1, 1964 (1964-06-01)
Sequel  The Dragon of Evil Against the Saint Warrior
Characters  Antonio das Mortes, Rosa, Cego Julio, Priest, Sebastiao, Dada, Colonel, Moraes, Manuel, Corisco
Music director  Glauber Rocha, Sergio Ricardo, Heitor Villa-Lobos
Cast  Geraldo Del Rey (Manuel), Mauricio do Valle (Antônio das Mortes), Yoná Magalhães (Rosa), Othon Bastos (Corisco), Lidio Silva (Sebastião), Sonia Dos Humildes (Dadá)
Similar movies  Antonio das Mortes, Barren Lives, Jungle Freaks, Entranced Earth, The Guns, How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman

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Black God, White Devil (Portuguese: Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol; literally, God and the Devil in the Land of the Sun) is a 1964 Brazilian film directed and written by Glauber Rocha. The film stars Othon Bastos, Maurício do Valle, Yoná Magalhães, and Geraldo Del Rey. It belongs to the Cinema Novo movement, addressing the socio-political problems of 1960s Brazil. The film was released on DVD in North America for the first time by Koch-Lorber Films.


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The film starts in the 1940s, during another drought in the sertão, when ranch hand Manuel (Geraldo Del Rey) is fed up with his situation. His boss tries to cheat him of his earnings and Manuel kills him, fleeing with his wife, Rosa (Yoná Magalhães). Now an outlaw, Manuel joins up with a self-proclaimed saint who condones violence (at one point slaughtering a baby) and preaches disturbing doctrines. It is now Rosa who turns to killing and the two are on the move once again. And so it goes, the two running from one allegiance to another, following the words of others as they attempt to find a place in their ruthless land. Blending mysticism, religion, and popular culture in this symbolic and realistic drama, Rocha insists that rather than follow the external and obscure dogmas of culture and religion, man must determine his path by his own voice.


  • Geraldo Del Rey as Manuel
  • Yoná Magalhães as Rosa
  • Othon Bastos as Corisco
  • Maurício do Valle as Antonio das Mortes
  • Lidio Silva as Sebastião
  • Sonia Dos Humildes as Dadá
  • João Gama as Priest
  • Antônio Pinto as Colonel
  • Milton Rosa as Moraes (as Milton Roda)
  • Roque Santos as (as Roque)
  • Production

    Glauber Rocha was 25 years old when he wrote and began to direct the film.

    Its filming took place on Monte Santo and Canudos, Bahia lasting from June 18, 1963 to September 2, 1963.

    In the scene where we see Manuel (Geraldo Del Rey) carrying a huge stone over his head while climbing Monte Santo on his knees, Del Rey insisted on carrying a real stone that weighted over 20 kilos - something that worried Rocha. After the shooting, Del Rey had to take 2 days off, due to fatigue.

    During the dubbing of the sound, Othon Bastos performed three voices. Besides dubbing himself as Corisco, he performed the voice for Lampião (whom Corisco had "incorporated") and also dubbed Sebastião, the black God, even though Lídio Silva played the character on screen.

    Critical reception

    Film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 100%, based on 11 reviews, with a rating average of 8.5/10.


    The film was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival, but failed to win. It was also selected as the Brazilian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 37th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee. In 2015 it was voted number 2 on the Abraccine Top 100 Brazilian films list.


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