Cidade de Deus (City of God) Essay

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Cidade de Deus (City of God) is a Brazilian drama directed by Fernando Meirelles and Kaita Lund. The film was released in 2002 within the borders of Brazil and released worldwide in 2003. Every single character as well as the plot was based upon real people and events that occurred, which was first depicted in the book “City of God”, by Paulo Lins. The film was produced in Brazil and shot in the city of Rio de Janeiro. The entire cast was comprised of real-life citizens of favelas (slums), even the City of God itself, the only actor with actual experience in the entire film was the man that played Carrot. The film grossed over thirty million dollars worldwide. Acclaim wise the film won fifty-five awards and received another twenty-nine nominations worldwide, among those were the Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards. I chose this film because I am part Portuguese by descent and as a result have Brazilian family members, whom I have joined in visiting Brazil. I actually first saw the movie in 2004 and loved it which is why I thought of it as a perfect choice for this project. The film portrayed the history and the aftermath of Rio de Janeiro, especially the favelas, in an amazing way with the use of all cinematic techniques. Before discussing the use of techniques a brief summary of the plot must be given. Taking place over the course of the 1960’s-70’s, City of God tells the story of the favela actually known as “City of God”, a lower class section of Brazil, just west of Rio de Janeiro. The film is narrated by and through the viewpoint of Rocket. Rocket is the son of a fishmonger and brother of local hood Goose, whom is a part of a local gang, “The Tender Trio”. The movie begins in present time and then flashes back ten years in order inform the audience of the events that led to Rocket's present situation. The Tender Trio was made up of three members

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