A meditation on culture. July, 2001: buddies tide as a cruise boat departs Lisbon for Mediterranean ports and also the Indian Ocean. Read More »
Tag Archives: Leonor Silveira
The Cannibals (1988) Manoel de Oliveira, Luís Miguel Cintra, Leonor Silveira, Diogo Dória, Musical, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
This odd film is a major representative of an even odder film genre: direct-to-celluloid opera. Read More »
O Princípio da Incerteza / The Uncertainty Principle (2002) Manoel de Oliveira, Leonor Baldaque, Leonor Silveira, Isabel Ruth, Drama
Having lost her place among the social elite, a widow remarries and starts a family. Read More »
Vale Abraão / Abraham’s Valley (1993) Manoel de Oliveira, Leonor Silveira, Cécile Sanz de Alba, Luís Miguel Cintra, Drama
Ema is a very attractive but innocent girl, so pretty that cars crash in her presence. Young marries Dr. Carlo Paiva, who she is not attracted to, but is her father’s friend. Read More »
Espelho Mágico / Magic Mirror (2005) Manoel de Oliveira, Leonor Silveira, Ricardo Trêpa, Luís Miguel Cintra, Drama, Music
Luciano, fresh out of jail, was taken by his brother, Flórido, to serve in the home of wealthy Alfreda. He was surprised when she told him that her greatest desire was to see the Virgin Mary. Now comes this rich land owner with her sublime pretensions. Isn’t it enough for her to have an Aston Martin and a Jaguar in the garage and ten different dresses per season? It was all professor Heschel’s fault. Or someone else’s. Anyway, to go beyond the promise is heresy. Alfreda said that she wouldn’t rest until she saw the Virgin and made her some questions. Filipe Quinta, the Forger, says he has a solution. Meanwhile, Bahia, her husband, listens do music.
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The battle of the sexes? The forces of despair and seduction? On S. Miguel in the Azores, Rogério, a young man with old money, and his enigmatic wife Leonor host a garden party at their villa. The intriguing guests are an older unmarried couple, the philosophical and observant Irene, and Michel, a roué. While Rogério and Irene talk, Michel and Leonor go down to the sea. The conversations upset Rogério and capture Leonor’s imagination. Five years later, the four dine at the villa. Michel and Leonor again leave the other two. Intentions and undercurrents are subtle. One of the four proves strong, one weak, and two must choose. Wind and rain bring down the curtain on both acts.
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