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O Dia do Desespero

Manoel de Oliveira France, 1992

Eliecer Gaspar's rating of the film The Day of Despair

The death of the author. The end of representation, and a refusal of symbols through a long take of a carriage wheel. The keepsake photographs of the cast and film crew (the commune) and their relationship to the memory of the film's production provide the real closure in this most human and romantic of films that I have won, of my own, from my experience as the viewer.