1 question and 1 thought
The Question: Why does Hermes Hit Peter in the shoulders? The thought: Why
not a sequel set in 2010?
I absolutely love this movie but don't think it can be bettered by a remake set in 2010. Interesting observation about Hermes hitting Peter in the shoulders. Very well spotted dude. I think I know the answer but I won't say anything here in public as it's irresponsible. If you like I could email you about it.
Your thought is also interesting. The reason I find a sequel impossible is that the actors were all in their prime in this movie and have aged a lot. Plus the world has moved on and that whole masculine honour thing, and the cult of the blade, is a thing of the past in that part of the world. I see the knife fighting in this movie as a tradition that the director wants us to trace back to ancient Greece and Rome. I think it's genius. However the passage of those values to Brazil is via Portugal, and let's face it the whole culture of the Old World of classical Europe is vanishing before our very eyes so how could it conceivably still exist in a pocket of Brazilian street life in 2010? When the street urchins these days don't think of values and tradition and honour but only their next fix of dangerous drugs? Impossible... In the 80s it was within the realm of the conceivable, now it simply is not. Even in the movie the old Latin neighbourhoods were being demolished in the opening scene. Besides, this movie cannot be bettered. A sequel would be a maxed-out noise-fest of big bangs, explosions, badly-executed 3D version for cinema, etc.
Hello!! Erik Beale here again. I accidentally erased your reply about why Hermes hits Peter in the shoulder. Could you please send it to me again at the address [email protected]? I would be grateful. Do you teach the knife? I
would be willing to learn. I hope to hear from you.