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PRINCIPAL CASTTeresa Menezes, Diogo Doria, Mario Barroso, Francisco Bras, Nuno Carinhas, Joao Benard da Costa, Isabel de Castro, Manuela de Freitas, Gloria de Matos, Alexandre Brandao de Melo, Lia Gama, Joao Guedes, Cecilia Guimaraes, Adelaide Joao, Teresa Madruga
DIRECTORManoel de Oliveira
A portrait of an obsessive love affair, Manoel de Oliveira’s Francisca is based on a novel by Agustina Bessa-LuÃs, whose work he’d later adapt twice more. The book’s re-telling of a troubled passage in real-life author Camilo Castelo Branco life – his friend JosÃ© Augusto embarked on a perverse game of marital cat and mouse with Francisca, the woman the novelist loved – led Oliveira to new levels of stylistic and formal imagination. (It helped that his wife, a distant relative of the historical Francisca, gave him access to a cache of the woman’s letters.) With its elaborate title cards, its abundance of shots in which the action is oriented directly toward the camera, its gloomy interiors, and its show-stopping gala set-pieces, Francisca is an exacting, sumptuous and utterly inimitable cinematic experience, and one of Oliveira’s crowning achievements.