The Age of the Earth

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The Age of the Earth
The Age of the Earth.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Glauber Rocha
Produced by Glauber Rocha
Written by Glauber Rocha
Based on A Idade da Terra
by Castro Alves
Starring Maurício do Valle
Jece Valadão
Antonio Pitanga
Tarcísio Meira
Geraldo Del Rey
Music by Rogério Duarte
Cinematography Roberto de Castro Pires
Pedro de Moraes
Edited by Carlos Cavalcante Cox
Raul Soares
Ricardo Miranda
Glauber Rocha Produções
Distributed by Embrafilme
Release date
  • November 17, 1980 (1980-11-17)[1]
Running time
134 minutes
Country Brazil
Language Portuguese

The Age of the Earth (Portuguese: A Idade da Terra) is an 1980 avant-garde film directed by Glauber Rocha.



Rocha started the film in 1975 and planned to shoot it in Los Angeles, and subsequently proposed it in Paris, Rome, Mexico and Venezuela, but was unable to obtain financial support.[2][3] It was finally shot in Bahia, Distrito Federal, and Rio de Janeiro.[1]


It was Rocha's last film and the one that caused the most controversy.[4] Because it was produced by Embrafilme, a state company, during the Brazilian military dictatorship, it was boycotted by critics and "crucified at the 1980 Venice Film Festival",[5] where it was nominated for the Golden Lion.[6]


  1. ^ a b "A Idade da Terra" (in Portuguese). Cinemateca Brasileira. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ Johnson, Randal; Stam, Robert (1995). Brazilian Cinema. Columbia University Press. p. 106. ISBN 9780231102674. 
  3. ^ Wrigley, Richard (2008). Cinematic Rome. Troubador Publishing. p. 137. ISBN 9781906510282. 
  4. ^ Tendler, Silvio (August 25, 2006). "Glauber, o artista como filósofo". Terra Magazine (in Portuguese). Terra Networks. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ Pizzini, Joel (March 2011). "O triunfo da beleza e da justiça". Revista Cult (in Portuguese). Universo Online. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Ecco i film di Venezia". La Stampa. August 9, 1980. 

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