City of God (DVD)

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Using street kids straight from the Cidade de Deus slum outside Rio de Janeiro, Fernando Meirelles' film is based on actual events that happened in the slum. The story, revealed by Buscape - a street kid who decides to become a photojournalist when he discovers he is not cut out to become a villain - revolves around the shadowy world of drugs and the violence which increases with each generation. Li'l Ze has grown up to become a natural-born-killer and attempt to take over the drugs trade of the city. However, this sparks a turf war which is photographed by Buscape, making the war famous.

Product Details

Barcode
5055201816542
Department
Movies & TV
Released
30 May 2011
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Foreign Language
Sub-genre
Drama
Region
Region 2
Language
Portuguese
Studio
Miramax
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
Runtime
135 min
Age Restriction
18
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
City of God
Release Year
2003
Language
English
Alternate Title
Cidade de Deus
Categories
Foreign Films / 1960s / 1980s / Big City / Coming Of Age / Drug Dealers / Essential Cinema / Friendships / Live-Action / Photographers / Recommended / Theatrical Release
Official Website
http://www.miramax.com/movie/city-of-god
Ratings
IMDb
8.6
Rotten Tomatoes®
91% 97%
Metacritic
79
Synopsis
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.
Poster
Poster for City of God
Cast & Crew
Director
Katia Lund / Fernando Meirelles
Star
Gera Camilo / Karina Falcao / Leandro Firmino da Hora / Seu Jorge / Graziela Moretto / Matheus Nachtergaele / Alexandre Rodrigues / Roberta Rodriguez Silvia / Renato de Souza
Screenwriter
Braulio Mantovani / Fernando Meirelles
Source Writer
Paulo Lins / Author: Paulo Lins
Producer
Mauricio Andrade Ramos / Andrea Barata Ribeiro
Director of Photography
CĂ©sar Charlone
Movie Critics
Box Office
"...Uncompromising in its realism....Exhilarating movie-making....It's a remarkable achievement..."
Shlomo Schwartzberg (1 Jan 2003, p.54)
Entertainment Weekly
"...CITY OF GOD pulses with atmosphere and vibrates with authenticity..."
Lisa Schwarzbaum (24 Jan 2003, p.76)
Los Angeles Times
"CITY OF GOD is a potent and unexpected mixture of authenticity and flash..."
Kenneth Turan (17 Jan 2003, p.C1)
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..."
Stephen Farber (1 Feb 2003, p.38-9)
New York Times
"...CITY OF GOD conveys the authenticity of a cinema verite scrapbook..."
Stephen Holden (17 Jan 2003, p.E13)
Premiere
"[A] stunning, powerful drama..."
Premiere Staff (1 Mar 2004, p.100-2)
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..."
Peter Travers (6 Feb 2003, p.68)
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..."
Mike Clark (17 Jan 2003, p.16D)