4 hours in this 7 hour long metafictional globetrotting Sistine Chapel,a friend turns to me and says:"It's something".É qualquer coisa. Oliveira é aqui um figo-da-índia, exótico e fulgurante. As tangerinas de Dom Pelágio, o chinês e a negra untada a dançar pelas praias rochosas, ostras e pêssegos...Watch this at once and go mad. The cinephile-killer. Can't write more, can only stare. It would take years to even grasp
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.