Doomed Love (Um amor de perdição)

Saturday, February 5, 2011, 2:00 p.m.

35mm print restored by Cinemateca Portuguesa—Museo do Cinema

Dir. Manoel de Oliveira. 1978, 262 mins.

This Romeo and Juliet tale of a wealthy young man who falls in love with a woman from a rival aristocratic family is based on the renowned nineteenth-century novel by Camillo Castelo Branco. Oliveira’s iconoclastic style balances rigid formalism with obsessive romanticism. The result is an epic tour de force described by J. Hoberman as a “minuet staged as a grand opera.” Originally photographed in 16mm, the film was blown up to 35mm for this rarely-screened restored print.

Free with museum admission.

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Clip from Doomed Love