Gillo Pontecorvo's epic tale of Brazilian slavery (as kindly performed by the portuguese...) is a little masterpiece in itself.
The story is well told and its crude details are shocking even by today's standards.
Marlon Brando plays a rich British tradesman who's doing business with local authorities. In the meanwhile, he slowly discovers the horrors and the agony of black slaves being handled as cattle or worse.
This movie deals with all the terrifying facets of slavery and its evil and nefandous effects on human beings, never forgetting to mention the great hypocrisy with which white handlers treated such phenomenon.
I am still waiting to finally watch the "entire" movie "as it was meant to be seen", ergo in widescreen.
Being there just the VHS edition, one loses out on many details the theatrical version had.
Many Brando's movies are still only to be seen on VHS and not on DVD and one in particular, "On the Waterfront", is still only released in Full Screen instead of its original 1.78:1 aspect ratio.
His own movie "One-Eyed Jacks" has only been released by unknown labels, instead of receiving the royal treatment by a major studio.
Also, "The Appaloosa" has only appeared once in digital form, paired with "My Name is Nobody" (this alone should speak volumes for how much respect the studios in Hollywood have for one of the best actors that Tinsletown ever produced).
Since then nothing, just the VHS version.
Instead they preferred to release "The Countess of Hong Kong", which in my view, is one of the worst movies of Marlon Brando, not to speak of Charles Chaplin.
Insult upon insult, this may well be the revenge Hollywood is taking on his "rebel son", forgetting that if they still exist, the owe it, in the majority of cases to such "rebels" who, with their immense creativity have kept this monster alive.
Did Hollywood deserve them? Seeing how the studios work nowadays, I would say no. Once they are gone they are gone.
Pity. All the greats are almost all gone.
There are still a few left. Very few.
When they too are gone, who will take their place?
Don't tell me that Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise, or even Leonardo DiCaprio, will ever be able to stand a comparison to a Gregory Peck, Peter Ustinov, Henry Fonda, Richard Harris or Marlon Brando?
It would be the final insult to their memory and their impeccable work legacy they have left us with.
But then again, respect, as Robert Shaw playing Henry VIII in "A Man for All Seasons" correctly stated (courtesy of Robert Bolt), is like water in the desert and there are people, who follow anything that moves.
Let's finally honor such great men and women who left us so much in their lifetime and beyond, by finally releasing all their movies on DVD.
Forget the "Spidermen", the "Star Wars" (boring anyway) and many other comic strip based movies and let's go back to real literature and real storytelling.
We are not all morons out here after all.
There are still many people who are still used to read a good book. Anyway, many more than the bunch of bozos, who direct the movie studios nowadays and who seem to have an average cultural level of a babboon in love.