Francisca (Dir. Manoel de Oliveira, 1981)
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Based on Agustina Bessa-Luís’ acclaimed novel, itself inspired by a true story that occurred in the 19th century, Manoel de Oliveira’s Francisca recounts the life of a young man, a son of an English officer, who lets himself become a prisoner of love resulting in fatalism and disgrace. With its gorgeous cinematography, gloomy interiors, and show-stopping gala set-pieces, Francisca is one of the legendary director’s crowning achievements.
J. Hoberman, The New York Reveiw of Books
Represents one of the most complete expressions of [Oliveira's] eight decade career.
Michael J. Anderson, Tativille
The first example of 'a cinematographic reading of literature' or, as what Oliveira has called, a 'visual word,' lies in Francisca.
João Bénard da Costa, Cinemateca Portuguesa
A masterpiece of modern cinema. A story of great subtlety, density, and emotional impact. It is as if Jean-Marie Straub has collaborated with Max Ophuls.
Dave Kehr, When Movies Mattered
Rich, beautifully composed images. Based on the romantic novel of a triangular relationship, Oliveira’s aim is to create a synthesis of literary, musical and pictorial elements.
Ronald Bergen, The Guardian