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« on: June 15, 2009, 10:27:07 PM »

I have not found any topics or comments in this forum talking about this memorable Brazilian oldie in B&W from Lima Barreto, so I decided to start one.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045595/

I found a TV copy of this great movie in Portuguese language (original) and without English subtitles, but I had no difficulty following it. This movie is actually a western, even if it takes place in Brazil and the protagonists are cangaceiros rather than cow-boys or Indians or Mexican bandits. The opening scene is a sunrise (or sunset) and in the background one can see twenty something cangaceiros in horseback riding while you hear the tune Mulher Rendeira from Zé do Norte (Olê muié rendera, Olê muié rendá, Tu me ensina a fazê renda, Que eu te ensino a namorá). Those cangaceiros are commanded by the cruel and arrogant "captain" Galdino, and they have terrorized a vast area. In one of their raids, they kidnap a school teacher named Olivia, and one of the cangaceiros (Teodoro, which is Galdino's right hand man) falls in love with her. Teodoro does not think it is right to keep Olivia captive and escapes with her. This angers Galdino, who goes with his cangaceiros after the couple, but they first have to face police forces that have been sent after them ...

I won't say more just in case some of you want to see it.

The movie is beautifully filmed and the music is incredible, traditional Brazilian folklore at its best. I am including here two links to two of the themes: one of them is the most known (Mulher Rendeira) and the other one is "Meu Piao", which is played duringa  party and dance in the cangaceiros camp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR0ZOQWc5VU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBDw5KiOQ5o

Watch this movie if you have a chance. I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

9 out of 10.  Afro



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« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2009, 05:35:08 AM »

Looks cool I'll try and find it, thanks.

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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2009, 08:17:40 AM »

Another movie I desperately want to see. Anyone know of any decent releases?

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« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2009, 10:43:48 AM »

Here is a youtube clip with some nice stills from the movie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_BrrHM3Pcs&feature=related

I am not aware of any recent releases, but if you search the web you will find some TV RIPS around.

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« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2009, 06:49:13 PM »

It would appear that there are no DVDs of this movie available, at least not recent ones. However, I know there is a decent, watchable copy on the web recorded from TV many years ago. With a bit of luck, perhaps it could be located by searching in Google for the words nikesniper and cangaceiro   Wink

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« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2009, 12:02:19 PM »

Argh, a friend of mine sent a copy to me before checking what it really was. O Cangaçeiro really is the title of the movie, but the problem is that it's not the 1953 Brazilian movie but the 1970 SW with Tomas Milian. Ah well, I'll watch that one again and continue searching...

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« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2009, 01:43:26 PM »

Argh, a friend of mine sent a copy to me before checking what it really was. O Cangaçeiro really is the title of the movie, but the problem is that it's not the 1953 Brazilian movie but the 1970 SW with Tomas Milian. Ah well, I'll watch that one again and continue searching...

Does the 1970 one have English audio? I've been looking for one that does for ages.

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« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2009, 09:47:06 PM »

Does the 1970 one have English audio? I've been looking for one that does for ages.

No, sorry. Never even cared to find it, to be honest.

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« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2009, 02:13:23 PM »

Haha, but I have it now! Afro

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« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2009, 05:36:47 PM »

Haha, but I have it now! Afro

Have what? An English audio version of the Italian 1970 release, or an English subtitled version of the Brazilian 1953 release? Those are the two which interest me.

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« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2009, 08:47:38 AM »

Have what? An English audio version of the Italian 1970 release, or an English subtitled version of the Brazilian 1953 release? Those are the two which interest me.

I finally got the 1953 version, in Portuguese, without subtitles.

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« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2010, 01:37:19 AM »

Dust Devil, you can download the subtitles from here:

http://www.opensubtitles.org/en/subtitles/3679515/o-cangaceiro-en

By the way, I just watched again this beautiful movie and it occurred to me that the opening and closing scenes of O'Cangaceiro have been mimicked in at least two more westerns made at a later date:  The Horse Soldiers and Four Dollars for Vengeance.

Here is a link to all three opening scenes

O'Cangaceiro

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSrkprWc8UA&feature=related

The Horse Soldiers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVnq-vNKDps&feature=related

Four Dollars for Revenge

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK2RNszAgns




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« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2010, 08:35:05 AM »

Dust Devil, you can download the subtitles from here:

http://www.opensubtitles.org/en/subtitles/3679515/o-cangaceiro-en

Ahey, many thanks mate! Cool

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« Reply #13 on: October 12, 2011, 07:39:05 AM »

I finally got the 1953 version, in Portuguese, without subtitles.

I went to the FNAC in the center of Sao Paulo to ask about this the other day.

Apparently it's not available on DVD (or indeed BD), but they did say they had a VHS copy out the back! Needless to say, I didn't buy it. As one of the most famous Brazilian movies, you'd think someone would give it a nice re-release.

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« Reply #14 on: November 01, 2011, 02:24:20 PM »

As one of the most famous Brazilian movies, you'd think someone would give it a nice re-release.

Yes, and hopefully it will happen at some point. It has already happened with some of Glauber Rocha's films such as Black God White Devil, Antonio das Mortes, Barravento, and Terra em Transe just to mention a few.

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