The Red Light Bandit


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icon-brazilian-cinemaOn the Margins of Brazilian Cinema

The Red Light Bandit

  1. Friday, February 24, 2012 6:30 p.m.
Still image from the film The Red Light Bandit

O Bandido da Luz Vermelha

The links between criminal activity and radical politics has been addressed over the years in a variety of works, most recently perhaps in Olivier Assayas’ Carlos (2010). In the case of Brazil it had particular resonance, as the infamous bank robber Lucio Flavio. Rogerio Sganzerla’s film, made during the toughest moment of the military dictatorship, glosses the tale of Lucio Flavio with the proto-punk rendition of a one man revolution, an often outrageous concoction that seems equal parts Hollywood B-movie and Jean Luc-Godard—a “Third World Western,” according to its director.  Brash, irreverent, and often quite funny, the film became a rallying point for a new generation of filmmakers, critical of the political pieties of Cinema Novo.

(35mm presentation, Portuguese language with English subtitles)

An introduction will be provided by Richard Peña, Program Director for the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Director of the New York Film Festival.

This screening is sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Latino Studies Program, Department of Communication and Culture, Black Film Center/Archive, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the IU Cinema.

More information on Richard Peña's Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture can be found here.