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City of god [videorecording] = Cidade de Deus
Meirelles, Fernando.
Adult Fiction Drama CITY

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(2002) 92% (%) 43) PAID NYT Critics' Pick * * * * "See my profile for the key to this code" * * * * SYNOPSIS: "Youth gangs took over the slums of Rio de Janiero during the 1960s and didn't relinquish their stronghold until the mid-1980s. The world's most notorious slum, Rio de Janeiro's City of God, was a place where combat photographers and police rarely went. This is the true story of a young man who grew up on these streets and whose ambition as a photographer is our window in and his only way out." Director Fernando Meirelles combines visual flashiness with dark history in telling the story of three decades of unrest in underground Rio de Janiero." CONSENSUS: "A shocking and disturbing, but always compelling look at life in the slums of Rio de Janiero." MOTIVATION FOR ME TO SEE: After seeing the abandoned children of "Ali Zaoua" (1 Jun 09) and neglected children of "Born Into Brothels" (21 Apr 09), as well as "Salaam Bombay!", as well as memories of bicycling through slums throughout the world, the subject matter is irresistable. MY THOUGHTS: I thank my lucky stars that I was born in the United States to middleclass parents with all the privileges attendant, and I had the good fortune to use a liberal, questioning education to reconfirm this view in visiting many challenged cities of the globe. This is strong film about a time not too distant, a community I would have steered clear of regardless. [New purchase by HCL]
posted Jun 29, 2009 at 6:30AM
B M said:
Great movie - have to watch also the extras: there is a wonderful social analysis of the trafic problem in Brazil
posted May 1, 2011 at 10:51PM
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