Quilombo

  • 1984
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Historical

This is a spectacular, brilliantly colored historical epic that explores the beginnings of Quilombo de Palmares, the Brazilian slave nation in the mid-1600s. Director Diegues described the nation as "the first democratic society that we know of in the Western hemisphere." The picture begins as the slaves revolt and violently murder their Portuguese owners....read more

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This is a spectacular, brilliantly colored historical epic that explores the beginnings of Quilombo de Palmares, the Brazilian slave nation in the mid-1600s. Director Diegues described the nation as "the first democratic society that we know of in the Western hemisphere." The picture

begins as the slaves revolt and violently murder their Portuguese owners. Taking to the forests of northeastern Brazil, the slaves form a nation, free from the oppression of slave owners. They are soon joined by other oppressed peoples such as Jews and poor white farmers. A government is created

and a leader elected--Ganga Zumba, played by Tornado. The Portuguese, however, retaliate and attempt to conquer the nation. Diegues previously scored on American art-house screens with BYE BYE BRAZIL and XICA. Here, he successfully manages to mix history with folklore. Exquisitely photographed and

lavishly produced, the film has a great deal of action, culminating with some intense battle sequences, but it often loses sight of its story. More than examining a historic period, QUILOMBO, like Diegues's other films, comments on the present state of Brazil as well as the nation's possible

future.

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  • Released: 1984
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: This is a spectacular, brilliantly colored historical epic that explores the beginnings of Quilombo de Palmares, the Brazilian slave nation in the mid-1600s. Director Diegues described the nation as "the first democratic society that we know of in the West… (more)

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