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The Red Light Bandit
1968. Brazil. Written and directed by Rogério Sganzerla. With Paulo Villaça, Helena Ignez, Luiz Linhares. The more obscure but adventurous and taboo-breaking underground, Marginal Cinema, or Udigridi (a deliberate bastardization of the English word “underground”) functioned as a radical continuation of (while also in dialogue with) Cinema Novo and the group of transgressive artists around Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica. Sganzerla has said that his film “is principally a formal reformulation within Brazilian cinema. The time has come for films that are dirty and poetic, impure and pretentious, and for new forms for new contents; for cinema that speaks of politics or of banditry without aesthetic respect, to the point of adopting an obscene liberty.” The director’s debut film, based on the police records of a famous bandit, mixes several genres to create a new type of Western about the Third World. In Portuguese; English subtitles. 92 min.
In the Film exhibition On the Edge: Brazilian Film Experiments of the 1960s and Early 1970s
Sat Jun 07, 2014 4:00 PM
Sun Jun 08, 2014 1:30 PM