Memoirs of Prison (1984)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature], Prison Film, Psychological Drama  |   Run Time - 135 min.  |   Countries - Brazil  |  
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The horror of life in a Brazilian prison from an inmate's view is chronicled in this drama based on a semi-autobiographical novel by Gracilano Ramos. The tale takes place in the 1930s when Brazil was run by dictator Getulio Vargas. It begins as the Marxist oriented protagonist is arrested with no explanation. Once imprisoned, the authorities allow him to write--provided he can find pen and paper. In the end, his writing has such impact on the public that authorities release him. Had they not, he would have died from their brutal cruelty.

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prison, abuse, arrest, atrocity, freedom, government, imprisonment, injustice, Marxism, memoir, penal-system, political-prisoner, publicity, secrets, tyrant, writing