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Os Verdes Anos (The Green Years)

February 23 at 4:00
East Building Auditorium

An influential but undervalued artist of postwar European cinema, Paulo Rocha (1935 – 2012) was most famous for Mudar de vida (1966), a neorealist love story filmed in a coastal village. Yet his lesser known first feature Os Verdes Anos is both a sensitive new wave drama and a poetic city symphony, with lingering views of Lisbon’s architecture, streets, and parks recorded at all hours of the day. Luc Mirot’s verité cinematography is both natural and thoughtful, carefully avoiding any extravagance. A young man arrives from the provinces ready to try his luck at shoemaking. He meets a young working-class woman, the two start a relationship, and all seems secure. Yet Rocha’s outwardly simple tale hides deeper complexities, as the young man, feeling the hostile modern urban malaise, loses his trust in humanity and attempts to rebel. (Paulo Rocha, 1963, subtitles, 87 minutes)

courtesy Cinemateca Portugesa

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