Glauber Rocha

Black God, White Devil

Black God, White Devil

Myth, mysticism, and revolution collide in a blistering existential western from Glauber Rocha, a pioneer of Brazil’s socially committed Cinema Novo movement. After killing his swindling boss, ranch hand Manoel (Geraldo Del Rey) goes on the run with his wife, Rosa (Yoná Magalhães). In the stark hinterlands, they join forces with armed bandits and pledge allegiance to a self-styled holy man who preaches revolt against rich landowners while perpetrating unspeakable acts of violence against the innocent. Suffused with antiauthoritarian fervor and the intensity of life in the desert, this landmark work of radical cinema is a scorched-earth allegory about mindless fanaticism and the allure of dead-end ideologies.

Film Info

  • Brazil
  • 1964
  • 118 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.37:1
  • Portuguese
  • Spine #1225

TWO-BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Audio commentary by restoration producer Lino Meireles
  • New interview with film scholar Richard Peña
  • Glauber the Movie, Labyrinth of Brazil (2003), a documentary on director Glauber Rocha
  • Cinema Novo (2016), a documentary on the Brazilian film movement
  • Memória do cangaço (1964), a short documentary on the origins of cangaço, a form of social banditry in northeastern Brazil
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Fábio Andrade

    New cover based on the original poster by Rogério Duarte

Purchase Options

Coming soon, available Jul 16, 2024

TWO-BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Audio commentary by restoration producer Lino Meireles
  • New interview with film scholar Richard Peña
  • Glauber the Movie, Labyrinth of Brazil (2003), a documentary on director Glauber Rocha
  • Cinema Novo (2016), a documentary on the Brazilian film movement
  • Memória do cangaço (1964), a short documentary on the origins of cangaço, a form of social banditry in northeastern Brazil
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Fábio Andrade

    New cover based on the original poster by Rogério Duarte
Black God, White Devil
Cast
Geraldo Del Rey
Manoel
Yoná Magalhães
Rosa
Othon Bastos
Corisco
Maurício do Valle
Antônio das Mortes
Lidio Silva
Sebastião
Sonia dos Humildes
Dadá
João Gama
Priest
Antônio Pinto
Colonel
Milton Roda
Moraes
Roque Santos
Roque
Credits
Director
Glauber Rocha
Written by
Glauber Rocha
Assistant director
Walter Lima Jr.
Assistant director
Paulo Gil Soares
Produced by
Luiz Augusto Mendes
Produced by
Glauber Rocha
Produced by
Jarbas Barbosa
Director of photography
Waldemar Lima
Art director and costume designer
Paulo Gil Soares
Music
Heitor Villa-Lobos
Songs
Sérgio Ricardo
Songs
Glauber Rocha
Editor
Rafael Justo Valverde