¡QUEIMADA! (BURN!, 1969)
@ Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University
40 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston, IL 60208
Opening Thursday, October 13th, at 7PM
(Gillo Pontecorvo, 1969, 132 min, 35mm)
Italian with English Subtitles
Gillo Pontecorvo’s 1966 landmark docudrama BATTLE OF ALGIERS gave the world a front-line report on the ongoing struggle for independence in Northern Africa. Although it takes place more than a century earlier, his follow-up, ¡QUEIMADA!, is in some ways the more prescient film, predicting the insidious neo-colonialist strategies that would ensnare emerging nations in the decades to come. A historical fiction about insurrection-for-profit, ¡QUEIMADA! narrates the myth of William Walker (Marlon Brando), who helps engineer a slave revolt on a fictional Caribbean island in order to install a puppet government for the British sugar trade. As in ALGIERS, Pontecorvo demonstrates his gifts for dramatic, stylistic, and ideological tension, combining big-budget spectacle with neorealist immediacy, and pitting iconic leading man Brando opposite non-professional actor Evaristo Márquez, who gives an unforgettable performance as the revolutionary José Dolores.
Presented in its full-length original version in 35mm.
Co-presented with support from the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities at Northwestern.
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