Convent (1995)

Overview

The musings of internationally renowned Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveiera on the power of thought and desire, and on good and evil, provide the underlying themes for this interesting reworking of the story of Faust. The story centers on the unconventional American professor, Michael Padovic, and his stunningly beautiful wife, Helene, who journey to an eerie Portuguese convent to prove that Shakespeare was in reality, a Jewish Spaniard. They journey to the spooky old convent of Arrabida where they are ...
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Overview

The musings of internationally renowned Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveiera on the power of thought and desire, and on good and evil, provide the underlying themes for this interesting reworking of the story of Faust. The story centers on the unconventional American professor, Michael Padovic, and his stunningly beautiful wife, Helene, who journey to an eerie Portuguese convent to prove that Shakespeare was in reality, a Jewish Spaniard. They journey to the spooky old convent of Arrabida where they are housed by the sophisticated, but rather creepy guardian of the monastery, Baltar, who immediately seems attracted to the cool Helene. In order to spend more time with her, Baltar arranges for Michael to spend all his time in the convent's great library; he is assisted by a beautiful young librarian. It is the wicked Baltar who tries to tempt Michael in the way that Mephistopheles tempted Faust into becoming immortal through his research and writing.
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Special Features

16x9 widescreen; French/English/Portuguese stereo audio; English and Spanish subtitles; England closed captioned
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2007
  • UPC: 012236211662
  • Original Release: 1995
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Time: 15:52:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 54,025

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Catherine Deneuve Helene Padovic
John Malkovich Michael Padovic
Luis Miguel Cintra Baltar
Leonor Silveira Piedade
Duarte D'Almeida Baltazar
Heloisa Miranda Berta
Gilberto Goncalves Fisherman
Technical Credits
Manoel de Oliveira Director, Editor, Screenwriter
Mario Barroso Cinematographer
Ze Branco Production Designer
Paulo Branco Producer
Isabel Branco Costumes/Costume Designer
Ana Vaz DaSilva Production Designer
Valerie Loiseleux Editor
Toshiro Mayuzumi Score Composer
Jean-Paul Mugel Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Covent
1. Opening Credits [5:03]
2. Guest Quarters [7:39]
3. The East Chapel [6:14]
4. Cold Shoulder [9:32]
5. Theological Exchange [7:51]
6. Penelope Comparison [7:06]
7. Cruel Purity [5:04]
8. Sensual Slumber [8:54]
9. The Abyss [6:22]
10. Intrigue [4:06]
11. Fascination [10:49]
12. Revelation [5:29]
13. Reconcile [4:47]
14. End Credits [2:06]
15. Chapter 15 [:00]
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Disc #1 -- The Covent
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