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Voyage to the Beginning of the World (1997)

Viagem ao Princípio do Mundo (original title)
Manoel is aging film director who travels with the film crew through Portugal in search of the origins of Afonso, a famous French actor whose father emigrated from Portugal to France and in... See full summary »

Director:

Manoel de Oliveira

Writers:

Manoel de Oliveira (scenario and dialogue), Jacques Parsi (translation: French)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcello Mastroianni ... Manoel
Jean-Yves Gautier Jean-Yves Gautier ... Afonso
Leonor Silveira Leonor Silveira ... Judite
Diogo Dória Diogo Dória ... Duarte
Isabel de Castro ... Maria Afonso
Cécile Sanz de Alba Cécile Sanz de Alba ... Christina
José Pinto José Pinto ... José Afonso
Adelaide Teixeira Adelaide Teixeira ... Senhora
Isabel Ruth Isabel Ruth ... Olga
Manoel de Oliveira ... Driver
José Maria Vaz da Silva José Maria Vaz da Silva ... Assistente
Fernando Bento Fernando Bento ... Homem 1
Mário Moutinho ... Homem 2
Jorge Mota Jorge Mota ... Homem 3
Sara Alves Sara Alves ... Menina
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Storyline

Manoel is aging film director who travels with the film crew through Portugal in search of the origins of Afonso, a famous French actor whose father emigrated from Portugal to France and in process remembers his own youth. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

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Details

Country:

Portugal | France

Language:

French | Portuguese

Release Date:

26 June 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Voyage to the Beginning of the World See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Marcello Mastroianni, released one year after his death. See more »

Connections

References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Litanies du feu et de la mer
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Music by Emmanuel Nuñes
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Time travelling in a car and Portugal.
26 April 2000 | by alice liddellSee all my reviews

The title echoes Jules Verne and suggests science fiction, and this is exactly what we get as two filmmakers with very different backgrounds explore their Portuguese past with friends. There are no special effects or gimmicks, just actors and a car, but throughout we sense an entry into another dimension - by simply placing his camera in the back of a car, de Oliveira conflates past, present, future as our heroes go time travelling, journeying into a landscape alien and forgotten, another dimension guarded by a totem carrier, and encompassing history, mythology, literature and folklore.

JOURNEY has many themes - the past, cinema, politics, modernity and tradition - but it is really about the difference between banal objectivity and magical subjectivity. For fans of Chris Marker and VERTIGO especially, take this adventure with only de Oliveira's irony to guide you.


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