Portugal 1938. Pereira is the editor of the culture section of the Lisboa, an unaffiliated evening paper. There is civil war in Spain and the fascists are in power in Portugal, but he concerns himself only with his work and ignores what is going on around him.
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In my opinion, Mastroianni's last great performance. It was worth the efforts to find a decent copy of this movie on DVD. In Italian without subtitles but the dialogues are easy to understand if you are accustomed to see Italian films with subtitles. Highly recommended.