Earth Entranced


1h 50m 1970

Brief Synopsis

Eldorado, a fictitious country in Latin America, is sparkling with the internal struggle for political power. In the eye of this social convulsion, the jaded journalist Paulo Martins opposes two equally corrupt political candidates: a pseudopopulist and a conservative. In this context, Paulo is torn between the madness of the elite and the blind submission of the masses. But, in this complex tropical reality, nothing really is what it seems to be.

Film Details

Also Known As
Terra em transe
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
New York opening: 14 May 1970
Production Company
Mapa Films
Distribution Company
New Yorker Films
Country
Brazil

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

Paulo Martins, a journalist and poet in the South American country of Eldorado, is killed by the police as he leaves the headquarters of Felipe Vieira, the liberal governor of the province of Alecrim. As he dies, Paulo remembers his political involvements of the past years: Paulo abandons his close friend, Porfirio Diaz, a reactionary mystic, to work for the election of Vieira, the populist candidate for governor. Vieira is elected, but his peasant constituents are soon disillusioned with his neglect of reform. Paulo returns to Eldorado City in order to continue writing poetry, but his mistress Sara encourages him to reenter politics. He persuades his employer, Julio Fuentès, a wealthy industrialist with diverse interests in newspapers and television, to allow him access to the media to attack Diaz. Paulo ridicules Diaz on a television show and depicts him as a puppet for the International Exploitation Company. Vieira is now supported by the Catholic Church, but Diaz has the backing of Fuentès and the central government. Paulo unsuccessfully tries to persuade Vieira to continue in what is now a revolutionary election campaign; as Paulo leaves the Vieira headquarters, he is shot by the police.

Film Details

Also Known As
Terra em transe
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
New York opening: 14 May 1970
Production Company
Mapa Films
Distribution Company
New Yorker Films
Country
Brazil

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Filmed on location near Rio de Janeiro. Opened there in May 1967 as Terra em transe. Additional music includes "Samba of the Favela de Rio" and "Alué de candomblé of Bahía."

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1966

Released in United States 1991

Released in United States 1998

Shown at New York Film Festival September 20 - October 6, 1991.

Shown at Museum of Modern Art (Cinema Novo and Beyond) in New York City November 29 and December 4, 1998.

Film was restored, re-translated and re-subtitled through the courtesy of director Martin Scorsese.

Released in United States 1966

Released in United States 1991 (Shown at New York Film Festival September 20 - October 6, 1991.)

Released in United States 1998 (Shown at Museum of Modern Art (Cinema Novo and Beyond) in New York City November 29 and December 4, 1998.)