City Of God (Cidade De Deus)

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Like cinematic dynamite, City of God lights a fuse under its squalid Brazilian ghetto, and we're a captive audience to its violent explosion. The titular favela is home to a seething army of impoverished children who grow, over the film's ambitious 20-year time frame, into cut-throat killers, drug lords and feral survivors. In the vortex of this maelstrom is L'il Z (Leandro Firmino da Hora--like most of the cast, a non-professional actor), self-appointed king of the dealers, determined to eliminate all competition at the expense of his corrupted soul. With enough visual vitality and provocative substance to spark heated debate (and box-office gold) in Brazil, codirectors Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund tackle their subject head on, creating a portrait of youthful anarchy so appalling--and so authentically immediate--that City of God prompted reforms in socioeconomic policy. It's a bracing feat of stylistic audacity, borrowing from a dozen other films to form its own unique identity. You'll flinch, but you can't look away. --Jeff Shannon

Special Features

  • 'News From A Private War' featurette
  • Interactive menu
  • Scene access DVD

Technical Information:

  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen Anamorphic
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English, English for the hearing impaired
  • Running Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes approx. *
  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1

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Language Portuguese
Level Intermediate
Media Type DVD
Film Genre Drama
Classification 15
Subtitles English, English for the hearing impaired
Run Time (Mins) 135 minutes
Region Region 2 
Number of disks 1
DVD Format PAL
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