Acto da Primavera (1963) AKA Rite of Spring


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. AKA Rite of Spring
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.


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  1. Michael
    September 6, 2019

    Many many thanks for uploading this rarity from Manoel de Oliveira

  2. Gerald L. Austin
    May 31, 2022

    I was hoping for a bit more accuracy. Specifically I was curious if they were going to show the crucifixion as it would have been performed. The Romans always crucified people naked, but almost all depictions of this have him with some covering around his waist.

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