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Um Filme Falado

Manoel de Oliveira Francia, 2003

Michael Goetz's rating of the film A Talking Picture

This is an idealistic conservative's plea for the preservation - and primacy - of Western Culture against the (unseen, almost hallucinated) violent, irrational forces that wish to destroy it. Most of the movie is taken up with badinage about the usual touchstones of Western Civ (France, Rome, Greece). It's in Egypt where the trouble begins, leading to a shock ending in the final minutes that comes out of nowhere.