City of God

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Studio Lions Gate
SKU 220562160
UPC 031398137269
UPC 14 00031398137269
Format DVD
Release Date 9/30/2014
Rating Rating
Keywords
1960s
1980s
Big City
Coming Of Age
Drug Dealers
Essential Cinema
Friendships
Live-Action
Photographers
Recommended
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Youth gangs took over the slums of Rio de Janiero during the 1960s and didn't relinquish their stronghold until the mid-1980s. Only a sucker wouldn't have turned to crime and this is exactly how naive teen Rocket (Alexandre Rodrigues) views himself. His attempts in illegal activity fail as he finds potential victims too friendly. Equally unsuccessful in love, he regularly fails to lose his virginity. Blood spills throughout the streets of the Ciudad de Deus as gang leader Li'l Ze (Leandro Firmino da Hora) is challenged by local druglords and a gang of pre-teens known as the Runts. Rocket shoots all of this action with his weapon of choice, a camera.^Director Fernando Meirelles combines visual flashiness with dark history in telling the story of three decades of unrest in underground Rio de Janiero. Technically flawless, the Brazilian film uses a rapid-cutting style to flash back and forth in time. Cinematographer Cesar Charlone shoots with an overexposed glow in a film that may seem numb to violence, but reveres photography. Director Meirelles was assisted by Katia Lund, a filmmaker who had previously shot in the Rio ghettos.
Reviews
New York Times "...CITY OF GOD conveys the authenticity of a cinema verite scrapbook..." 01/17/2003 p.E13
USA Today "Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles manages a style simultaneously gritty and slick for CITY OF GOD....Even action fans averse to subtitles might do well to check this one out..." 01/17/2003 p.16D
Rolling Stone "...Meirelles is a world-class talent who illuminates every frame of this fresh, ferocious and indelibly moving film. CITY OF GOD has the scent of a classic..." 02/06/2003 p.68
Entertainment Weekly "...CITY OF GOD pulses with atmosphere and vibrates with authenticity..." 01/24/2003 p.76
Box Office "...Uncompromising in its realism....Exhilarating movie-making....It's a remarkable achievement..." 01/01/2003 p.54
Movieline's Hollywood Life "...We're exhilarated by the sheer filmmaking brio on display here. Mereilles and Lund weave all the strands of the story together with breathtaking ease..." 02/01/2003 p.38-9
Los Angeles Times "CITY OF GOD is a potent and unexpected mixture of authenticity and flash..." 01/17/2003 p.C1
Premiere "[A] stunning, powerful drama..." 03/01/2004 p.100-2
Directors
Fernando Meirelles
Katia Lund
Actors
Leandro Firmino da Hora
Alexandre Rodrigues
Cast & Crew
Gera Camilo - Star
Graziela Moretto - Star
Leandro Firmino da Hora - Star
Karina Falcao - Star
Roberta Rodriguez Silvia - Star
Renato de Souza - Star
Alexandre Rodrigues - Star
Seu Jorge - Star
Matheus Nachtergaele - Star
Braulio Mantovani - Screenwriter
César Charlone - Director of Photography
Paulo Lins - Source Writer
Andrea Barata Ribeiro - Producer
Mauricio Andrade Ramos - Producer
Fernando Meirelles - Screenwriter
Fernando Meirelles - Director
Katia Lund - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2003
UPC 00031398137269
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 130 minutes
Color Color
Features
DVD, Widescreen, English, Subtitled, Spanish, French, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby, Digital Audio
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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