in about 100 words or less
Brazil 106m, B&W
Director: Glauber Rocha; Cast: Jardel Filho, Paulo Autran, José Lewgoy, Glauber Rocha, Paulo Gracindo
Entranced Earth is a complicated political satire set in the fictional Latin American country of Eldorado, where the popular appeal of dictatorial politicians is examined. Aligning themselves with the church and the poor, and promising to make their country great again, even the most benevolent dictator will inevitably turn against the people to stay in power. Rocha’s commentary is not only critical of these kinds of leaders, but on the public’s fervent and seemingly mindless support for them. The film’s non-linear plot, fluid photography and allegorical dialogue are intriguing, but ultimately frustrating without a deeper understanding of the social-political setting in which this film was made (Klaus Ming May 2016).