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Arabian Nights

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"Arabian Nights is a monumental and dazzlingly original three-part film by Miguel Gomes (Tabu) that uses the structure of One Thousand and One Nights is order to tell the story of contemporary Portugal. Gomes' Scheherazade tells fantastic tales both fictional and documentary, from talking roosters to the everyday trials of the unemployed. Gomes weaves a colorful, surreal, and politically potent palimpsest of a film that captures how the great recession has affected both our lives and our dreams."--Container.
DVD
2016; 2015
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Portuguese Nun

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A young French actress in Lisbon to shoot a movie is intrigued by a nun she sees kneeling in the chapel where she is filming.
DVD
2012; 2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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Fados

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Explore a musical genre that combines African and Brazilian origins into a fusion of cinema, song, dance, and instruments. Includes legends Maria Severa and Amália Rodrigues, modern stars Mariza and Camane, and more.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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CDDVD
2007
Music (Circulation Desk)
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Aquele Querido Mês de Agosto: Our Beloved Month of August

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Despite a complete lack of financing and cast, driven young director Miguel Gomes is hell-bent on making a film and dives headlong into a cinematic kaleidoscope. With a camera and a small crew, Gomes travels to a remote Portuguese mountainside, where the Pardieiros music festival is under way, and begins filming the townsfolk. While the festival sets one's eyes ablaze and toes tapping, Gomes finds a narrative slowly and sneakily emerging. Locations, songs, and characters from the documentary are recast as echoes of their former selves. Townspeople are reincarnated as members of a family band and incestuous subplots unfold. These colliding realities beg the question: Is the beginning of the film merely research for following fiction? Is truth a rehearsal for fiction here, or is it th [...]
DVD
2011
Clemons (Stacks)
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Mistérios de Lisboa

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Raul Ruiz's masterful adaptation of the eponymous nineteenth-century Portuguese novel. The core story centers on Joao, the bastard child of an ill-fated romance between two members of the aristocracy who are forbidden to marry, and his quest to discover the truth of his parentage. But this is just the start of an engrossing tale that follows a multitude of characters whose fates conjoin, separate and then rejoin again over three decades in Portugal, Spain, France and Italy.
DVD
2011; 2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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Capitães de Abril: April Captains

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In Portugal on April 24, 1974 the words of poet Jose Alfonso in the banned song "Grandola" sparked a revolution when the song was broadcast over the radio over and over again as a signal for a military coup against the oldest dictatorship in Europe.
DVD
2004; 2000
Clemons (Stacks)
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Caramuru: A Invenção Do Brasil

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A spoof on Brazilian colonial history. Talented mapmaker Diogo Álvares is hired by the Portuguese court to illustrate the maps of Brazil used by explorer Pedro Álvares Cabral. While so employed, Diogo is romantically involved with the seductive Isabelle, a French woman who frequents the Portuguese court in search of gold. When Isabelle steals Diogo's map, he is deported to Brazil as a punishment. There, he meets the beautiful Indian sisters, Paraguaçu and Moema, and they embark on the first love triangle in the history of Brazil.
DVD
2002
Clemons (Stacks)
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Terra Estrangeira

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"After the unexpected death of his mother, Paco, an aspiring actor from Sao Paulo, longs to leave his native Brazil. Tired of living in suqalior, he accepts a 'delivery job' from a shady antique dealer and travels to Lisbon carrying a violin filled with uncut diamonds. But when the exchange goes bad, he finds himself on the run from an underworld thug and in the arms of Alex, a beautiful woman caught up in the Portuguese black market."--Container.
DVD
2000; 1995
Clemons (Stacks)
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A Comédia de Deus

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"João is the manager of the Paradise Ice Cream Parlor. He divides his time between designing new flavors and fantasizing about his young female employees. His perverse obsession soon gets the better of him when he sets out to lure an adolescent girl into fulfilling his darkest fantasies."--Container.
DVD
2001; 1995
Clemons (Stacks)
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In Vanda's Room

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A documentary-style film about Vanda, a heroin user in Lisbon, and the people around her who live in the ancient ghetto occupied by addicts, hustlers and poor immigrant families. All the buildings in Vanda's district are being demolished, which produces a perpetually grating cacophony throughout the film.
DVD
2010; 2000
Clemons (Stacks)
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Ossos: Bones

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Realizing that teenage mom Tina is about to gas herself and her newborn child, Tina's boyfriend grabs the infant and takes to the streets of Lisbon. In this extremely downbeat film, he attempts to sell the child and failing that, eventually gives the child to a streetwalker. Meanwhile Tina and her friend try to get the baby back. When they fail, they decide to get revenge upon the boyfriend.
DVD
2010; 1997
Clemons (Stacks)
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Colossal Youth

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A fusion of documentary and dramatic essay chronicling the relocation of the mostly Cape Verdean immigrant inhabitants of a Lisbon slum to a newly constructed district on the outskirts of the city.
DVD
2010; 2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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Cristóva̋o Colombo: O Enigma

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Manuel Luciano da Silva and his wife travel the world gathering evidence that Christopher Columbus was actually Portuguese.
DVD
2008
Clemons (Stacks)
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Party

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Leonor and Rogério celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary by hosting a party at their luxurious seaside villa. As the party wears on, Leonor finds herself pursued by an aging lothario, Michael, a powerful, cunning man with a razor-sharp wit. This game of cat-and-mouse heats up, leading to a wild and surprising revelation from the ordinarily passive Rogério.
DVD
2008
Clemons (Stacks)
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Inquietude

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Contains three different stories that deal with death and immortality. In the first, an elderly father and his son discuss suicide as delivery from decrepitude and mediocrity. In the second, a young aristocratic man falls in love with a dying prostitute in the 1930s. The final story revolves around a peasant girl who thinks she has found a way to leave her village, but actually she has doomed herself to thousands of years there.
DVD
2008
Clemons (Stacks)
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Palavra e Utopia

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The story of Jesuit missionary António Vieira, who worked with the Brazilian Indians and who was called before the Inquisition in 1663.
DVD
2008
Clemons (Stacks)
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O Quinto Império: Ontem Como Hoje

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Set mainly in one room, King Sebastian of Portugal converses with his counselors, court jesters, his grandmother and Simão Gomes, a 16th century visionary.
DVD
2008
Clemons (Stacks)
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Espelho Mágico

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She has everything, but the wealthy Alfreda desires nothing more than to speak with the Virgin Mary. One of her servants enlists the help of a friend to make her wish come true by employing a village girl to portray Mary.
DVD
2008
Clemons (Stacks)