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Magic Mirror (2005)

Espelho Mágico (original title)
Luciano, fresh out of jail, was taken by his brother, Flórido, to serve in the home of wealthy Alfreda. He was surprised when she told him that her greatest desire was to see the Virgin ... See full summary »

Director:

Manoel de Oliveira

Writers:

Agustina Bessa-Luís (inspired by the book "A Alma dos Ricos"), Manoel de Oliveira (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonor Silveira Leonor Silveira ... Alfreda
Ricardo Trêpa ... José Luciano / Touro Azul
Luís Miguel Cintra Luís Miguel Cintra ... Filipe Quinta
Leonor Baldaque Leonor Baldaque ... Vicenta / Abril
Glória de Matos Glória de Matos ... Nurse Hilda
Isabel Ruth Isabel Ruth ... Celsa Adelaide
Adelaide Teixeira Adelaide Teixeira ... Queta
Diogo Dória Diogo Dória ... Police Comissioner
José Wallenstein José Wallenstein ... Américo
Maestro Atalaya Maestro Atalaya ... Prof. Oboé
P. João Marques P. João Marques ... Priest Feliciano (as Padre João Marques)
Marisa Paredes ... Monja
Michel Piccoli ... Prof. Heschel
Lima Duarte Lima Duarte ... Priest Clodel
Eugénia Cunha Eugénia Cunha ... Costureira (seamstress)
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Luciano, fresh out of jail, was taken by his brother, Flórido, to serve in the home of wealthy Alfreda. He was surprised when she told him that her greatest desire was to see the Virgin Mary. Now comes this rich land owner with her sublime pretensions. Isn't it enough for her to have an Aston Martin and a Jaguar in the garage and ten different dresses per season? It was all professor Heschel's fault. Or someone else's. Anyway, to go beyond the promise is heresy. Alfreda said that she wouldn't rest until she saw the Virgin and made her some questions. Filipe Quinta, the Forger, says he has a solution. Meanwhile, Bahia, her husband, listens do music. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Music

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Country:

Portugal

Language:

French | Spanish | Portuguese | English

Release Date:

9 March 2006 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

€2,200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Dança Macabra (Danse macabre)
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Superb....
21 February 2008 | by GrigoryGirlSee all my reviews

This was part of a 2 film retrospective (for lack of a better term) at the Anthology Film Archives in NYC of recent works by Manoel de Oliveira (the other film was The Fifth Empire-Yesterday as Today). This is the better of the two films. This one has one of the more surreal plots of any de Oliveira film. It concerns itself with a rich woman (played by Leonor Silveira, a mainstay in Manoel's films) who has a strong desire to witness the Virgin Mary. 2 con men (one of whom has been just released from jail and the other is trying to go "clean", but doesn't seem to be trying too hard) devise a scheme to milk her out of some money and hire a local girl to portray the Virgin Mary for her. The plot here is actually quite funny, and this is one of de Oliveira's most surreal, touching, and beguiling films. The performances are all first rate, and the film has a wonderful, languid pacing to it (like most of Manoel's films). There is even a strange, dreamlike scene that takes "place" in Venice. It looks like a projection mistake when I first saw it, but then realised it was supposed to look like that, it made a sort of unique sense. I was rather disappointed at the crowds for these films (there was only 10 people in the audience for Magic Mirror, only 6 for The Fifth Empire), but I stayed for the duration of both films. I'm glad I'm did. Much of Manoel's work is not on DVD, but if you get a chance to see any of his work, please do. Even his minor films (like Party) are pretty good.


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