Country: Brazil
Year: 1969
Duration: 95'

Antonio das Mortes, killer of cangaçeiros, arrives in Jardim das Piranhas in order to eliminate the gang of Coirana, who has declared himself heir to Lampião. Here he finds the megalomaniac delirium of the coronel, the political ambitions of the commissioner, the disappointment of the professor, the solitude of Laura and the mystical crisis of parish priest. He tries to act in the name of his principles of justice and morality, but it will not be so simple.

"At first the dragon is Antonio das Mortes, just as San Giorgio is the cangaçeiro. Afterwards, the true dragon is the large land owner, in that the Professor becomes the Holy Warrior when he gives the cangaçeiros weapons to Antonio das Mortes. All in all, I want to say that there are many social strata that are not eternal and immobile. In fact, all components of social groupings that are solidly conservative, reactionary, or implicated in the power structure can change or contribute to the change of others. It is enough that they understand where the true dragon is." (Glauber Rocha)


film director

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).


& Credits

Regia, sceneggiatura e scenografia: Glauber Rocha.
Director of photography: Afonso Beato.
Editor: Eduardo Escorel.
Music: Sérgio Ricardo, Walter Queirós, Marlos Nobre.
Cast and characters: Maurício do Valle (Antônio das Mortes), Odete Lara (Laura), Othon Bastos (Professore), Hugo Caravana (Mattos), Jofre Soares (Coronel Horácio), Lorival Pariz (Coirana), Rosa Maria Penna (Santa Barbara), Emmanoel Cavalcanti, Mario Gusmão, Vinicius Salvatori, Sante Scaldaferri.
Production company: Mapa Filmes, Glauber Rocha, Zelito Viana, Luiz Carlos Barreto, Claude Antoine.