Memoirs Of Prison

  • 1984
  • 2 HR 15 MIN
  • NR
  • Prison

An insufferably long Brazilian picture based on a semiautobiographical novel by Graciliano Ramos. Set during the Getulio Vargas dictatorship of the 1930s, MEMOIRS OF PRISON shows its audience the horrors of the Brazilian penal system through the eyes of Vereza, who stars as the imprisoned Ramos. Arrested with no explanation (though it is obviously for his...read more

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An insufferably long Brazilian picture based on a semiautobiographical novel by Graciliano Ramos. Set during the Getulio Vargas dictatorship of the 1930s, MEMOIRS OF PRISON shows its audience the horrors of the Brazilian penal system through the eyes of Vereza, who stars as the imprisoned

Ramos. Arrested with no explanation (though it is obviously for his Marxist leanings), Vereza is allowed to continue his writing. Initially he has some difficulty acquiring a pen and paper. By the finale, however, Vereza has garnered so much publicity from his writings that the government decides

to set him free rather than execute him by brutal, sustained mistreatment. Unfortunately, the film soon becomes tedious in its lack of drama and is unable to rely solely on Vereza's fine performance. Awarded the International Critics' Prize at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. (In Portuguese; English

subtitles.)

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  • Released: 1984
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: An insufferably long Brazilian picture based on a semiautobiographical novel by Graciliano Ramos. Set during the Getulio Vargas dictatorship of the 1930s, MEMOIRS OF PRISON shows its audience the horrors of the Brazilian penal system through the eyes of Ve… (more)

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