Voice Choices

A Talking Picture


(Manoel de Oliviera, 2003).
Manoel de Oliveira rehearses his farewell with this cruise around the Mediterranean in the company of a history professor and her young daughter. The tone is bizarrely straightforward; midway, John Malkovich and three European divas arrive to raise the eccentricity level. A travelogue that imagines the origins and the end of European civilization and amply justifies its title, A Talking Picture has so little vanity, it’s not even artless.

Thu., May 14, 4:30 & 9:30 p.m., 2009

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