Kamis, 21 Oktober 2010

Anselmo Duarte - O Pagador de Promessas AKA The Given Word (1962)

From the MoMA website:

With searing black-and-white cinematography (by Chick Fowle) this tremendously moving tale carries a strong political and social punch. In its commitment to the individual against the powers that be it is as relevant today as when it was awarded the 1962 Palme D'Or in Cannes. The film was championed by François Truffaut on the jury and beat out such contenders as Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti, Michelangelo Antonioni, Luis Buñuel, and Robert Bresson. 1962 became a fundamental year for Brazilian Cinema because of the national impact of the European recognition. Ze is an exceedingly poor man from the Brazilian backlands. His most prized possession is his donkey. When his donkey falls terminally ill, Ze makes a promise to God. If his donkey recovers, he will carry a cross-like Jesus-all the way from the backlands to the state capital. When the miracle happens, Ze leaves on his journey. He makes it to the church, but there is a problem. The priest refuses to accept the cross once he hears the reason for such sacrifice and in short time the peasant's mission is turned into a media circus, misinterpreted by everyone.
Subtitles castellano:

sory no subs eng
no pass

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