• Rite of Spring

    1963. Portugal. Manoel de Oliviera. 99 min.

Thursday, October 21, 2010, 8:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • Rite of Spring

    1963. Portugal. Written and directed by Manoel de Oliviera. With Nicolau Nunes da Silva, Ermelinda Pires, Maria Madalena. Oliveira’s first masterwork, painstakingly and gorgeously restored by the Cinemateca Portuguesa-Museu do Cinema, is a modern-day staging of a sixteenth-century Passion Play, performed by the peasants of Curalha in northeast Portugal. Oliveira combines poetic allegory, political urgency, eroticism, folkloric ritual, and Brechtian acting and filmmaking techniques to capture the essence of the biblical text and the meaning of Christ’s agony and resurrection. In Portuguese; English subtitles. 99 min.