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The Day of Despair

The Day of Despair

A Feature film by Manoel de Oliveira

Produced by Gemini Films

Release in France : 07/04/1993


    The film "The Day of Despair" tells the true story of the last XIX century's remarkable portuguese writer Camilo Castelo Branco. This evocation is fundamentally based in some of his letters. The texts are, one could say, the conducting thread of the dramatic evolution of a virible, controversial and romantic man, along with his fateful, unstable and obstinated spirit. Camilo submerges without remittance into an intimate, or better interior conflict ; "a personified drama", as Fermando Pessoa would say, since it occurs substancially between him and himself. The writer had been suffering from eye disease and one day he wakes up blind. Tortured sool, as his was, blindness would be the impelling force of the Final Act of his life?... What about Life Beyond the Grave?

    Actors (6)

    Production and distribution (3)

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    Full credits (15)

    Executive Producer :

    Paulo Branco

    Producer :

    Paulo Branco

    Voice :

    Canto e Castro, Ruy de Carvalho

    Sound recordists :

    Gita Cerveira, Dominique Dalmasso

    Sound Editor :

    Jean-Christophe Winding

    Continuity supervisor :

    Júlia Buisel

    Costume designer :

    Jasmin Matos (de)

    Location Manager :

    Joao Montalverne

    Assistant directors :

    José Maria Vaz Da Silva, Francisco Villa-Lobos

    Screenwriter :

    Manoel de Oliveira

    Director of Photography :

    Mário Barroso

    Editors :

    Manoel de Oliveira, Valérie Loiseleux

    Assistant Editor :

    Pascale Charolais

    Production Designer :

    Maria-José Branco

    Sound mixers :

    Hans Kunzi, François Musy

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    Feature film

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    Portugal, France

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    Minority French (Portugal, France)

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    1 h 15 min

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