António Sequeira Lopes (Simao)Cristina Hauser (Teresa)Elsa Wallencamp (Mariana)António Costa (Joao da Cruz)Ricardo Pais (Baltasar)Ruy Furtado
Manoel de Oliveira
The third installment of Oliveira's Tetralogy is a brilliant and devastating portrait of young lovers tragically separated by a bitter feud between their aristocratic families. In Doomed Love Oliveira tested his belief in a creative merging of theatrical, literary and cinematic narrative traditions. His radical approach to adaptation captures the multilayered language of Camilo Castelo Branco's eponymous epic novel to offer a virtual phenomenology of life and love in 18th century Portugal. After a disastrous premiere on Portuguese television, the theatrical release of Oliveira's re-edited version was quickly hailed as a landmark in the history of the European art film.