A Talking Picture

Synopsis: Lisbon, Marseilles, Naples, Athens, Istanbul, Cairo, Aden, and Bombay. Along with a university teacher and her little daughter, we embark on a long journey, experiencing different cultures and civilizations.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History
Director(s): Manoel de Oliveira
Production: Kino International
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min


"In July 2001, a little girl crosses

thousands of years of civilization,

along with her mother,

a distinguished history professor,

while on their way to meet her father. "

Look at this mist.

What a pity.

If it gets worse, you won't be able to see

the monument to the Discoveries.

We're getting closer.

Can you see it?

It was built to commemorate

the events and honor the sailors.

Can you see the man

in front of all the other figures?

- The one with the wide-brimmed hat.

- Yes, who is he?

Prince Henry, the moving force

behind the Discoveries.

- What did they do?

- What did they do?

They found new lands...

sailing hitherto unexplored waters.

An enterprise that the prince

had prepared for well.


This one is older.

It was the first monument,

built to commemorate

the glorious feat

of the discovery of

the sea route to India

by an expedition

led by Vasco da Gama.

How strange.

This mist reminds me of the myth

of King Sebastian.

What is a myth?

Myths are imaginary stories

based on certain events,

like the one of King Sebastian,

whom they called "the shrouded one. "

People believe he will return

on a misty morning like this.

Who was King Sebastian?

He was a Portuguese king

who wished to convert

the world to the Christian faith.

He began his quest

by leading his men to war

in a bid to conquer the Moors,

who had a different religion.

What war?

A war that took place

in Alcacer-Quibir in Africa

and that went down in history

as the War of the Three Kings,

for the three kings who died there.

It's assumed that one of them

was King Sebastian.

Dead or not, he did in fact disappear

after the Portuguese defeat.

The Portuguese people

continued to believe -

and this is a famous legend

and also a Muslim belief-

that one day a shrouded figure

would emerge from the mist,

riding a white horse.

And will he really?

There are those who believe he will,

but it's only a myth.

If he comes back, will he arrive

at this place that we're leaving from?

That I can't say,

but if he's on horseback,

it's likely he'll arrive by land.

Where we are leaving from

is the site from where the caravels set sail,

accompanied by mermaids.

What are mermaids?

They're another myth.

They are half fish, half women,

and they swam alongside the ships

to encourage the sailors...

to explore the great unknown.

That city we can just barely see

from here is Ceuta.

It was taken from the Moors

by the Portuguese

- more than 500 years ago.

- Why?

Because the Portuguese ships

were attacked in these waters.

- So the city is ours?

- No, not any longer.

I know why.

Because of the Revolution of April 25th?

No, no.

Ceuta was lost many centuries ago.

The Revolution of April 25th

took place only a short while ago.

And that's another story.

Shall we go?

Good morning.

Welcome to Marseille.

Just a moment.

Good morning.

Welcome to Marseille.

Look, Joana.

Undo his leash.

How much are your fish?

Thanks, and good-bye.

Hello. Is this where

the fishermen unload their fish?

This is where we sell it fresh.

- Does your little dog moor the boat?

- He helps me moor it.

He's a fisherman.

I can see that.

He is a fisherman.

- What's his name?

- Sooty.

Apart from Sooty,

do you have any more family?

I have a son and a daughter,

but my daughter lives in Paris.

- So they don't live with you?

- No, they don't.

- What about your wife?

- She died three years ago.

- So you're alone.

- With Sooty.

I see. I'm Portuguese.

I'm on a cruise.

- This is my first time in Marseille.

- Ah, your first time.

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Manoel de Oliveira

Manoel Cândido Pinto de Oliveira GCSE, GCIH (Portuguese: [mɐnuˈɛɫ doliˈvɐjɾɐ]; 11 December 1908 – 2 April 2015) was a Portuguese film director and screenwriter born in Cedofeita, Porto. He first began making films in 1927, when he and some friends attempted to make a film about World War I. In 1931 he completed his first film Douro, Faina Fluvial, a documentary about his home city Porto made in the city symphony genre. He made his feature film debut in 1942 with Aniki-Bóbó and continued to make shorts and documentaries for the next 30 years, gaining a minimal amount of recognition without being considered a major world film director. Among the numerous factors that prevented Oliveira from making more films during this time period were the political situation in Portugal, family obligations and money. In 1971 Oliveira made his second feature narrative film Past and Present, a social satire that both set the standard for his film career afterwards and gained him recognition in the global film community. He continued making films of growing ambition throughout the 1970s and 1980s, gaining critical acclaim and numerous awards. Beginning in the late 1980s he was one of the most prolific working film directors and made an average of one film per year past the age of 100. In March 2008 he was reported to be the oldest active film director in the world, and was possibly the second oldest film director ever after George Abbott, who lived to be 107 and 7 months. He was also the only filmmaker whose active career spanned from the silent era to the digital age. Among his numerous awards were the Career Golden Lion from the 61st Venice International Film Festival, the Special Lion for the Overall Work in the 42nd Venice International Film Festival, an Honorary Golden Palm for his lifetime achievements in 2008 Cannes Film Festival, and the French Legion of Honor. more…

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