Set during Spain’s “Golden Age,” the story then begins as Doña Prouhèze, the wife of a Spanish nobleman, falls in love with Don Rodrigo; Rodrigo is sent to be the Governor of New Spain in America, while Prouhèze becomes the ruler of Mogador in Africa.
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An imaginative and theatrical filming of Caudel's mammoth play, Oliveira's masterpiece depicts a world wide quest to redeem thwarted love across far flung points on its imaginary globe. It is set at the time when perhaps the highest level in Western material culture was reached: in Baroque Art; and European Merchants were successfully spreading slavery and other pestilence to every port their ships could reach.