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Letters From Fontainhas: Three Films by Pedro Costa DVD Review

Release Date: Available Now Director: Pedro Costa Starring: Vanda Duarte, Lena Duarte, Zita Duarte, Pedro Laban, António Moreno Cinematographer: Costa, Emmanuel Machuel Studio/Run Time: Criterion, 429 min. More than anything, Pedro Costa’s films are beautiful. Not postcard-pretty or rapturously afire, but composed in ways that make the incidental feel revelatory. Shot in rudimentary conditions over long periods of time, often shrouded in darkness and framed as stationary tableaux, the imagery evokes the Old Masters and lingers in your memory. His films rethink narrative as a kind of osmosis—mysteriously gathering substance out of glances and reveries, yet grounded in the...

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