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Benilde or The Virgin Mother (1975)

Benilde ou a Virgem Mãe (original title)
Raised in seclusion, a young woman claims her unborn child was conceived through an angel.

Director:

Manoel de Oliveira

Writers:

José Régio (play), Manoel de Oliveira (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Maria Amélia Matta Maria Amélia Matta ... Benilde (as Maria Amélia Aranda)
Jorge Rolla Jorge Rolla ... Eduardo, Benilde's cousin
Varela Silva Varela Silva ... Melo Cantos, Benilde's father
Glória de Matos Glória de Matos ... Etelvina, Eduardo's mother
Maria Barroso Maria Barroso ... Genoveva, the house-keeper
Augusto de Figueiredo Augusto de Figueiredo ... Cristóvão, the priest
Jacinto Ramos Jacinto Ramos ... Fabrício, the doctor
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Raised in seclusion, a young woman claims her unborn child was conceived through an angel.

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Maria Barroso and Augusto de Figueiredo, who play the supporting parts of the maid and the priest, played the lead roles of Benilde and Eduardo on stage in the play's first run in 1947. See more »

Connections

Featured in Olhar o Cinema Português: 1896-2006 (2007) See more »

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Religion and madness explored in three Acts with the camera elevated to a silent commentator
29 July 2018 | by JuguAbrahamSee all my reviews

A film in three Acts. Well constructed. The real commentary on the story is given by the camera. In each Act, a major character is introduced on screen after other characters are shown speaking to that person. The effect is unusual but good. The end has the camera retreating from the house and its characters. Open ended. Religion and madness in the family come into focus. A cousin blindly falls in love with another cousin. Could have been alternately titled "The Strange Case of Benilde" to be parallel or twinning with de Oliveira's later work "The Strange Case of Angelica"


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Country:

Portugal

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

21 November 1975 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Benilde Ya Da Bakire Ana See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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