Oliveira returned to the center of Portugal’s film scene in the 1960s with Acto da Primavera, a work that marks a significant change in the director’s trajectory and that initiates some of the cinematic strategies that he would develop more fully in later films. In Acto da Primavera, Oliveira offers a version of a popular representation of the Passion of Christ, enacted by members of a rural community in northern Portugal, derived from the Auto da Paixão de Jesus Cristo (1559), by Francisco Vaz de Guimarães.
Director: Manoel de Oliveira.
Stars: Nicolau Nunes da Silva, Ermelinda Pires, Maria Madalena, Amélia Chaves, Luis de Sousa, Francisco Luís, Renato Palhares, Germano Carneiro, José Fonseca, Justiniano Alves, João Miranda, João Luís, Manuel Criado del Val. AKA Rite of Spring