Dir. Manoel de Oliveira (1963).
Portuguese master Manoel de Oliveira’s rarely screened second feature (made almost 20 years after his first) anticipates the Pasolini Gospel According to Saint Matthew in documenting an annual outdoor passion play. Rite of Spring seems almost ethnographic in recording this primitive pageantry although an apocalyptic newsreel coda provides a political backbeat.
Sat., Oct. 2, 2:30 p.m., 2010