This film is improvised and withouit a screenplay. It has actors moving around the streets. The set is ancient imperial Rome at the time of the decadence of the bourgeoisie and the struggle against imperialist oppression. The condemnation of capitalism and neo-colonialism is based on a reflection on the great historical epochs. The character who guides us is a young Brazilian hippie who is fighting the incongruities and contradictions of the political system talking of drugs, petroleum, and urbanism...
"A Brazilian vision of Rome. Or, better, a report of a colonized person on the land of colonization. I want to see the contradictions of capitalist society of our time clearly. For example, there is a moment at the end of the film that seems very clear to me. The poor occupy the screen. The poor person should occupy the space that was always denied him during centuries of oppression." (Glauber Rocha)
Glauber Rocha (Vitória da Conquista, Brazil, 1939 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1981) was one of the fathers of Cinéma Nôvo, a film movement that started breathing new life into Brazilian cinema in the Sixties. His opus includes features like Black God, White Devil (1964), Entranced Earth (1967), and Antonio das mortes (1968, Palm d’Or in Cannes for Best Director). His work was connected to the tales and traditions of Brazil, it was combined with his expressive research, his political activism against capitalism and the cultural homologation of his country. During the Seventies, he traveled and worked around Africa and Europe, collaborating also with Carmelo Bene, among others.
Mossa Bildner, Glauber Rocha
A Vida É Estranha (mm, 2015).
Director of photography: Mario Gianni.
Art director: Gianni Barcelloni.
Editor: Cristina Altan.
Music: Villa-Lobos, Vivaldi, João de Barro.
Cast: Juliet Berto, Mackay, Luis Maria Olmedo, Tony Scott, Jirges Ristum, Luis Waldor, Bettina Best, Yvonne Taylor, Francesco Serrão, Anna Carini, Jarine Janet, Luciana Liguori, Glauber Rocha, Carmelo Bene.
Production company: DPT-SPA, Alberto Marucchi, Marco Tamburella.