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Each day, Man must work around the clock to produce and acquire bread: throwing the seeds into earth, helping the breeding of the corn, the corn's recolt, transport to the mills - traditional or industrial ones -, manipulation of the flour into actual bread, transport to a variety of locations and consumers. And then, after the consumption, the cycle restarts. Written by Artemis-9

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BREAD (Manoel De Oliveira, 1959) ***
20 November 2008 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This 'celebration of the working people' documentary short evokes memories of films in this vein made by the great Soviet film-makers some thirty years before. It's a thorough, strikingly-directed and, hence, absorbing look at the myriad processes which go into the making of 'our daily bread' – from the sowing of seeds by farmers to the growth of wheat, its grounding via machinery to produce flour, the mixing with water to form dough and, finally shaped in round shapes and baked, is made ready for mass consumption.

While clearly the film's main concern is the harmonious collaboration between man and machine towards the nourishment of one's body, the fact that bread is similarly employed (via the consecrated host) to symbolize the sustenance of one's soul doesn't entirely escape Oliveira. Incidentally, the version I watched (recorded off late-night Italian TV) runs for a mere 24 minutes – whereas it's listed as being 51 minutes (itself cut down from an original of 58) on the IMDb!


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