5.04 – CITY OF GOD (2002) & Corrupt Space

The title for this episode comes from something Rob says towards the end of this chat, which I think sums up this film brilliantly. After reviews (spoilers: we loved it), we talk about a number of things to do with the incredible artifice of this film, and its brutality, and (strangely enough) its use of architecture.

Next Up
Our next Latin American film is the Peruvian drama MADEINUSA, from 2005.

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Recommendations
THE CONSTANT GARDENER (2005): Fernando Meirelles, Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz
THE NEON DEMON (2016): Nicolas Winding Refn, Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks
PREDATORS (2010): Nimród Antal, Adrien Brody, Topher Grace
ROMEO + JULIET (1996): William Shakespeare, Baz Luhrmann, Leonardo DiCaprio

Footnotes
Firstly, find out more about Rio favelas here: catcomm.org/favela-facts. Sam mentions how touristy Rio’s favelas have become in the last 30 or so years; this site shows you what he means: www.daytours4u.com/en/travel-guide/rdj4u/favela-tourism. Roger Ebert wasn’t always on the money, but this is a pretty good review of the ‘churn[ing…] furious energy’ of the film: /www.rogerebert.com/reviews/city-of-god-2003. And this is another good review about the story-telling genius at the heart of this movie: www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2004/06/the-movie-review-city-of-god/69527. Finally, this is a great piece (not only because the articles at Wallpaper are often very well-written) about architecture in film: www.wallpaper.com/architecture/architecture-in-film-through-the-decades.


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