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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 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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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

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Soundtracks

Litanies du feu et de la mer
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Music by Emmanuel Nuñes
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A travel into the inside of an individual
22 September 2010 | by semiotechlab-658-95444See all my reviews

A world is the radius of influence of an individual. Therefore, the beginning of a world is his birthplace or the location of his earliest memories. Quite opposite, the ends of a world are there where an individual has never been before, since Nothing creates fear. Thus, the beginning, but not the end belong to the world. Furthermore, it is strange that an area which has a beginning, but no end still has a center, although in our world as the sum of the milliards of worlds there were not many in history: Rome, Jerusalem, Peripignan. The first two centers are clearly declared by religious authority, while the latter off sprang a instantaneous dadaist intuition of Salvador Dali. Traveling from his birthplace in Catalugna to the South of France, he saw a cabbage head growing amidst the rails in the railway station of Perpignan. According to Dali, this cabbage head was the center or "head" (Ceu) of the world. It makes sense, that a world which is fixed only on one side of the time or a space axis can have infinitely many centers - as there are individuals namely and thus worlds. For an individual, however, who represents in his spiritual power the center of his world by himself, as Manoel De Oliveira doubtlessly does, it makes sense not to declare a certain point of the earth his center, but to go back to his beginnings in order to conciliate it there with the end of his personal world.


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