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    Rite of Spring

    Presented by at Harvard Film Archive

    May 18, 2012

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    Rite of Spring

    Directed byManoel de Oliveira. With Nicolau Nunes Da Silva, Ermelinda Pires, Maria Madalena
    Portugal 1962, 35mm, color, 94 min. Portuguese with English subtitles
    While location shooting for another film, Oliveira stumbled upon the subject for Rite of Spring, the annual passion play enacted in a village in the same remote northern region of Portugal that would inspire Reis’ most important work. Intrigued by the ritualistic...

    Directed byManoel de Oliveira. With Nicolau Nunes Da Silva, Ermelinda Pires, Maria Madalena
    Portugal 1962, 35mm, color, 94 min. Portuguese with English subtitles
    While location shooting for another film, Oliveira stumbled upon the subject for Rite of Spring, the annual passion play enacted in a village in the same remote northern region of Portugal that would inspire Reis’ most important work. Intrigued by the ritualistic and incantatory qualities of the vernacular production, Oliveira returned with Reis and set about directing the villagers in a re-enactment of the passion play, adding a rich performative layer to the film. A fascinating meta-ethnographic study of local tradition and history that folds in on itself, Rite of Spring climaxes unexpectedly in a furious Bruce Conner style apocalyptic montage that links Christ's death to the violent lunacy of the Vietnam era.


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    Cambridge, MA 02138

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    $9 - Regular Admission
    $7 - Non-Harvard Students, Harvard Faculty and Staff, and Senior Citizens
    Regular HFA screenings are free for all Harvard students with a valid photo ID.


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    9:30 pm


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