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City of God

Cast

Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Phellipe Haagensen, Douglas Silva View All


Crew

Fernando Meirelles (Director), Bráulio Mantovani (Screenplay), Paulo Lins (Screenplay), Kátia Lund (Director) View All

Release: Feb. 5th, 2002
Runtime: 2 hours, 10 minutes
Cidade de Deus is a shantytown that started during the 1960s and became one of Rio de Janeiro’s most dangerous places in the beginning of the 1980s. To tell the story of this place, the movie describes the life of various characters, all seen by the point of view of the narrator, Buscapé. Buscapé was raised in a very violent environment. Despite the feeling that all odds were against him, he finds out that life can be seen with other eyes...
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seanc
If Li'l Ze is going to be a criminal he is determined to the most powerful criminal in the City of God.
Iroquois
The vivid and grainy cinematography combines with documentarian editing to craft a fast-paced depiction of the narrative that balances a variety of characters with their own distinct sub-plots that all explore various themes (Li'l Ze's childlike viciousness, Knockout Ned's well-intentioned venture into crime, Bene's attempt to leave the life, Rocket's being caught up in the life due to fate and circumstance, etc.), all played by amateurs to successfully enhance the film's realistic vibe.
LordSlaytan
The City of God is a new development at that time, the streets are dirt, the playground is dirt, and all the shanties everyone lives in are caked in dirt.


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