From Vault to Screen: Portugal
February 23 – March 9
The occasional series From Vault to Screen brings together new restorations and overlooked treasures from film archives around the world. During the winter season, the focus is on the holdings of Cinemateca Portuguesa — Museu do Cinema, a major collection in Lisbon. Although censorship laws limiting freedom of speech influenced the national culture until the 1970s, Portugal’s artists and filmmakers managed to produce a small but interesting body of work. At first they made literary adaptations, innocent comedies, and historical dramas, but by the mid-twentieth century, the transnational cinematic “new wave” was influencing domestic production. By the mid-1980s Portugal’s legendary film maestro Manoel de Oliveira, a titan of world cinema, was astutely probing the mysteries of love and life and winning awards at major film festivals. In six programs, the series From Vault to Screen blends an engaging range of cinematic styles and eras in both new restorations and original prints. Special thanks to Linda Lilienfeld, Sara Moreira, Teresa Borges, Tiago Baptista, and the staff of Cinemateca Portuguesa.