Part epic, part folklore, part political allegory, Glauber Rocha’s 1970 reflection on the role played by legend, myth, and tradition in Brazil’s social and political realities is a complex and powerful drama. Antonio (hired by the government but acting partly out of religious conviction) tracks down and kills the members of a guerrilla band, only to realize after killing the last rebel in ritualistic combat that his fight is beside the dispossessed country folk against the landowners. Rocha makes Antonio very much a contemporary figure (even equating him with Che Guevara), and uses folk songs, rhymed verse, and lush color to fashion a stunning call to arms for the Brazilians and one of the most memorable films of the Cinema Novo.