Tribute to Manoel de Oliveira: Amor de Perdição (Doomed Love)

Tribute to Manoel de Oliveira:

Amor de Perdição (Doomed Love)

“A minuet staged as grand opera.”—J. Hoberman

“A constant reinvention of the filmic space.”—Cahiers du cinéma

“A landmark in the history of the European art film.”—Harvard Film Archive

When he died in April 2015 at the age of 106, revered Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira left behind one of the most extraordinary oeuvres in the history of art cinema: 31 features and more than 30 documentaries and shorts—most of which were completed after he had turned 70. Amor de Perdição, the epic work that introduced his unique style of mise-en-scène to the international film community, is an enduring masterpiece. Adapting the eponymous 1862 novel by Camilo Castelo Branco, de Oliveira focused on the author’s elegantly constructed, sonorous text rather than a naturalistic staging of the doomed affair between 18th-century aristocrats Teresa and Simão. The result is a mesmerizing synthesis of literary, theatrical and cinematic traditions, as de Oliveira overlays a haunting off-screen voice atop the sumptuous visuals captured by his deliberative moving camera. 

Portugal, 1978, 265 min., 16mm

The Jack H. Skirball Series is curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud. Print courtesy of the Harvard Film Archive.

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