Os Canibais (1988)

Genres - Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Film-Opera, Musical Drama  |   Release Date - Nov 10, 1988 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 98 min.  |   Countries - France, Portugal  |   MPAA Rating - R
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This odd film is a major representative of an even odder film genre: direct-to-celluloid opera. It was commissioned by the Portuguese master of style, director Manoel de Oliveira from composer João Paes. Musically, it ranges from 19th-century romanticism to popular, modernist and even "post-modernist" styles. In the initially tame story, a host-narrator tells the story of a wedding between the two lovebirds: Viscount d'Aveleda and the beautiful Marguerite. However, what happens in the bridal chamber is incredibly bizarre. The events after that are even stranger (the film out-does even Luis Buñuel in that department), and the wedding guests and family indulge in cannibalism, among other perversions.

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cannibal, newlywed, wedding