Following hot on the heels of the success of Black God, White Devil comes the second film in Brazilian Director Glauber Rocha's famous trilogy; Terra Em Transe (Entranced Earth), a bold, confrontational, vibrant picture that stands as one of the greatest pieces of work from the director widely considered to be the leader of Brazil's Cinema Novo movement.
Like any South American nation of the 60s, the fictional El Dorado is a land yearning for genuine reforms. Unfortunately it is beset by a chimera composed of religious fanaticism, crass nationalism and an indifferent educated class. Paolo Martins (Jardel Filho) is a poet, a former supporter of senator Porfirio Diaz (Paolo Autran), a right-wingreligious fundamentalist. However through his contact with Sara, a communist, Paolo changes his political convictions and swerves towards Felipe Viera (Jose Lewgoy), aliberal governor who is the country’s sole bulwark against totalitarianism. Politics in Eldorado becomes enmeshed in the purview of the media and business class, giving way to an internecine arena scattered with violence and paper thin loyalties.
Entranced Earth displays the grandiloquent visual expression of Glauber Rocha’s folk westerns (Black God White Devil, Antonio das Mortes) but its sober current provides an acute and lucid glimpse of a political system in crisis. Made in 1967, Entranced Earth ranks amongst the great classics of political cinema such as Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers and Costa-Gavras’ Z.
"Explosive study of art and politics in the third world...Rocha’s most personal film as well as his most brilliant contribution to political cinema" Jump Cut
"Full of Wellesian deep-focus investigations of dark and ornate interiors...Exemplary and unreal" New York Times
Cast & Credits: Jardel Filho / Paulo Autran / Directed by Glauber Rocha
Awards: Cannes Film Festival (1967), Won, FIPRESCI Prize / Cannes Film Festival (1967), Nominated, Palme d’Or / Locarno International Film Festival (1967), Won, Grand Prix, Feature Film
Technical: 1967 / 106 minutes / Portuguese (Brazilian) with English Subtitles / Mono audio / 1.66 : 1 Black & White / DVD PAL Multi Region / Rating 12 / MRBDVD016
Licensed from Grupo Novo Cinema e TV on behalf of the Rocha family.