Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Burn! aka Queimada! (1969) - Gillo Pontecorvo

"And the groans from this dying beast will become our first cries of freedom, one that will be heard far, far beyond this island..." 

A masterpiece of political filmmaking, Burn! deals frontally with the imperialist driven capitalist-exploitation of a small Caribbean island named Queimada. Marlon Brando plays a professional filibuster who helps the island foment revolution and shows the local populous the way to throw off their colonial Portuguese masters. Though he aids in the righteous revolutionary cause, it is always clear that his motives lie with capital and that he is simply aiding in the opening of a new market for England to exploit. Ten years after the revolution he again returns to the island, this time with an all together different mission... Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo (The Battle of Algiers) Burn! is a searing indictment of capitalist/colonialist exploitation and a sterling cry for justice. 

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Jake and Dinos Chapman - Selections