Inspired by a short story by Alvaro de Carvalhal, a Portuguese writer who died in 1861 at the age of 23, and who was the author of unusual tales which were published posthumously, this libretto, written by Oliveira, is a complete transcription of his filmed opera The Cannibals.
The action of the film takes place in 19th century Portuguese high society and relates the story of a rich viscount eaten by his in-laws. Returning to the aspirations of Gluck and Wagner for whom opera constitutes a synthesis of all the arts and a total spectacle, Oliveira signs his first film-opera with The Cannibals. A sublime mixture of farce and tragedy, The Cannibals was unanimously praised at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival.
Manoel de Oliveira's (Porto, 1908-2015) oeuvre is one of the most original chapters in the history of cinema
. His work has received universal recognition as demonstrated by the host of awards from film festivals and academies worldwide. Amor de Perdição
(1981), O sapato de cetim
, ou A Vã Glória de Mandar
(1990), Vale Abraão
(1993) are some of his greatest accomplishments.
published in February 1989
16,5 x 21,5 cm (softcover)
128 pages (30 b/w ill.)
ISBN : 978-2-906571-08-2
EAN : 9782906571082