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Film Programs
A Revolução de Maio (Revolution in May)

February 24 at 4:00
East Building Auditorium

A film of historical prominence, Revolution in May was produced by the National Secretary of Propaganda to mark the tenth anniversary of the demise of Portugal’s First Republic and the rise of the Estado Novo (New State or Second Republic, 1933 – 1974). Led by António de Oliveira Salazar, the Estado Novo was a right leaning corporatist regime fueled by deeply conservative and autocratic ideologies that empowered Salazar to institute censorship and a secret police force to subdue opposition. Images and excerpts from the speeches and public appearances of Salazar were assembled with techniques derived from Russian montage, shaping what one critic called “a film of nationalist exultation.” Revolution in May remains the only Portuguese fiction film that overtly delves into political propaganda. “I liked the film a lot, I liked it too much, perhaps, because afterwards I could not sleep” — António Salazar. (António Lopes Ribeiro, 1937, 138 minutes)

courtesy Cinemateca Portugesa

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