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Filmmaker Rogerio Sganzerla, Jan. 9
Rogerio Sganzerla is seen in this Dec. 7, 1996, file photo, was a Brazilian experimental filmmaker. He died of brain cancer Friday, Jan. 9, 2004. He was 57. He was best known for his 1968 film The Red Light Bandit, which was one of the seminal works of the Cinema Marginal, a movement that celebrated the aesthetics of garbage. The Red Light Bandit told the story of the real-life thief, rapist and murderer Joao Acacio Pereira da Costa, who gained his nickname from the trademark red lantern that he carried with him while committing his crimes. Sganzerla directed 12 feature films, the most recent being 2002's O Signo do Caos which recreates Orson Welles' failed attempt to make a film in Brazil during the 1940s. The film won Sganzerla a prize for best director at this year's Brasilia film festival.
January 9, 2004