ANTONIO DAS MORTES – Glauber Rocha 1969
Directed & Written by Glauber Rocha
released on June 14th 1969
winner for “Best Director at Cannes film fest France 1969”
Antonio das Mortes is a mysterious hitman and wanderer and the Brazilian sertao (desert or arid lands). He is an excellent marksman and carries with him a rifle and a machete, which he uses on occasion in duels. He is widely referred to as “matador” and “cangaceiro killer” (cangaceiros being rural bandits or pirate lords of the desert).
Physically, he is a bearded, rugged man. He is of a silent, contemplative demeanor. He wears a long brown coat and a withered hat which completely shades his eyes, and ties a red handkerchief around his neck, which he uses as part of any ritual duel.
His motives and thoughts remain unclear throughout his appearances. Whereas a secondary character in the first film, he grows into a full-fledged protagonist by the second.
ANTONIO DAS MONTES is the start of a Cultural Film Trilogy
Antonio Das Mortes part I
O Dragão da Maldade Contra o Santo Guerreiro part III
full picture in 10 parts