Adaptations in Manoel de Oliveira’s Iconic Films

Monday, 25 and Tuesday, 26 June 2012, Birkbeck, Room G02, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD
Three Separate Sessions from 10am to 9pm


Monday, 25 June

First Session: 10am -1pm

  • Introduction & ‘Aniki-Bòbò’ (1942) (71mins) inspired by the poem ‘Os Meninos e os Millionarios’ by Rodrigo de Freitas

Second Session: 2pm – 5pm

  • ‘Eccentricities of a Blonde-haired Girl’ (2009) (64mins; ‘Singularidades de uma Rapariga Loura’), based on a Portuguese 19th Century classic short story by Eça de Queirós.

Third Session: 6pm – 9pm

  • ‘La Lettre’ (1999) (107mins; ‘The Letter’, ‘A Carta’), based on ‘La Princesse de Clèves’ by Madame de La Fayette (In French)

Tuesday, 26 June

First Session: 10am -1pm

  • ‘The Fifth Empire’ (2004) (127mins; ‘O Quinto Imperio: Ontem Como Hoje’), based on the 20th C. Portuguese play, ‘El Rei Sebastião’ by José Régio

Second Session: 2pm – 4.30pm

  • ‘No, or The Vain Glory of Command’ (1990) (110mins; ‘Non, ou a Vã Glória de Mandar’), based on the Portuguese national epic, The Lusiads by Camões (adapted in part from Homer’s Odyssey).

Third Session 5.30pm – 9pm

  • ‘Abraham’s Valley’ (1993) (187mins; ‘Vale Abraão’) based on Madame Bovary by Flaubert (In French)

NB: All films will be shown with English Subtitles