Fandor’s New Canon Looks At “City of God” And Its Enduring Influence

When it debuted in 2002, City of God made seismic waves through the film industry — but many didn’t understand just how nuanced and influential the film would prove to be. This short video provides an erudite and engaging breakdown of why Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund’s film deserves our attention.

City of God famously starts with a chicken making a desperate getaway from a cooking pot,” the description explains. “The rapid-fire editing and percussive, intense action set up the film’s intensity and technical proficiency. But this humorous moment has long since faded by the time we reach the end of this fatalistic look at organized crime and police corruption in a Rio slum. Along the way, we discover that the chicken represents the innocent people condemned to live in the Cidade de Deus favela; sooner or later, it’s into the metaphorical frying pan, or the fire. Escape is rarer than a hen’s tooth.”

The film is explored as part of Fandor’s New Canon, an exciting endeavor that presents modern classics in the film industry — including those that may not have garnered enough attention. By diving deeper into a more diverse range of voices, they expand on traditional canonical offerings.

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While the film has been lauded in the industry, Kátia Lund’s role is often overlooked — and Fandor is doing important work in unpacking what makes this film so meaningful.