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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Connections

Featured in Especial Cannes: 50 Anos de Festival (1997) See more »

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Machina Mundi (A Guerra)
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Portuguese fado plus deep philosophy
18 August 2002 | by RResendeSee all my reviews

I must say that this film, made by the most prestigious portuguese director (Manoel de Oliveira), is a great reflexion about Portugal's more typical feelings and about life in general. It has in it the symbols of many things like the hard work shown by Pedro Macau, the statue. It is also a way to show the beautiful landscape (at least a sample of it) that my country has... It is important to notice the past of Afonso, the son of a portuguese emigrant in France, which is very common in Portugal (there are about 750 000 portuguese emigrants in France) and the recent portuguese history told by the country old woman. It's a grace to watch to this touching movie. In it Marcello Mastroianni says Goodbye to cinema... and to life. He did the best way, I must say. This peace of art proves at least two things... Poetry can be written through images, and the portuguese people have poetry on its spirit; Oliveira with his now 93 years old proved it... Behold a master piece!...


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