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Black God, White Devil - The Criterion Collection

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Genres: Western
Starring: Geraldo Del Rey, Yona? Magalha?es
Director: Glauber Rocha
Plot Sypnosis:

Myth, mysticism, and revolution collide in a blistering existential western from Glauber Rocha, the father 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 (Yona? Magalha?es). 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.


  • 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
Release Details

Movie Release Year: 1964
Tech Specs & Release Details

Length: 118
Specs: TWO-BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION - New 4K digital restoration
Video Resolution/Codec: 1080p/MPEG-4 AVC
Aspect Ratio(s): 1.37:1
Audio Formats: Portuguese uncompressed monaural soundtrack
Subtitles/Captions: New English subtitle translation