Rite of Spring (film)

Rite of Spring (Portuguese: Acto da Primavera) is a 1963 Portuguese film directed by Manoel de Oliveira, his second feature.

Rite of Spring
Directed byManoel de Oliveira
Written by
Produced byManoel de Oliveira
  • Nicolau Nunes Da Silva
  • Ermelinda Pires
  • Maria Madalena
  • Amélia Chaves
  • Luis De Sousa
  • Francisco Luís
CinematographyManoel de Oliveira
Edited byManoel de Oliveira
Release date
Running time
94 min

The poet and director António Reis was the film's assistant director, and his influence can be felt deeply throughout it. (The film was included in the film program The School of Reis in 2012.[1])


The inhabitants of Curalha, a small village in western Portugal, perform the Passion of Jesus every year according to text from about the 16th century, a tradition upon which Oliveira stumbled during the production of a film in 1963. The film is also remembered for "a furious apocalyptic montage that links Christ's death to the violence and lunacy of the Vietnam era".[2]

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  1. ^ "Rite of Spring at The School of Reis official page at the Harvard Film Archive website". ves.fas.harvard.edu. Retrieved 2012-07-01.
  2. ^ March 15 - 29 Manoel de Oliveira, or Cinema, the Art of Enigma, Harvard Film School, 1999, subsection "Rite of Spring"

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