The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.

Events - 2016

Movie: "The Maias: Story of a Portuguese Family" by João Botelho

Monday, October 17, 2016
The Grand Reading Room of the Claire T. Carney Library at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Event Poster

The Maias: Story of a Portuguese Family by João Botelho
"The Maias: Story of a Portuguese Family" by
João Botelho
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The Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture is proud to co-sponsor the following event and cordially invite you to attend:

You are cordially invited to a series of special events on Monday Oct. 17th!

The Grand Reading Room of the Claire T. Carney Library at the University of
Massachusetts Dartmouth. 

Sponsored by?
The Portuguese Consulate in New Bedford, the Camões Institute and the Arte Institute. 

What is it?
The Department of Portuguese is privileged to present the film Os Maias, directed by João Botelho. The film is an adaptation of one of the most celebrated novels by one of the most celebrated Portuguese authors, Eça de Queirós. 

Who else is involved? 
The Ferreira-Mendes Archives, the Department of Art History and the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture

What is special about this event? 

The Novel.
Caustic satire characterizes Eça de Queirós's masterpiece The Maias (1888), a detailed portrayal of upper-middle-class and aristocratic milieus in late nineteenth-century Portugal. The novel's plot follows the decline of an ancient, traditional family whose last offspring are led into a series of tangled sexual relationships by the actions of their parents, symbolizing the decadence of Portuguese society.

The Movie.
Director João Botelho views Eça's novel not as a story of an incestuous love affair from a long-gone past but as a mirror reflecting twenty-first-century Portugal. Despite the actors' sumptuously designed costumes, The Maias is not meant to be a period piece, offering a reflection on the sins and decadent splendor of a contemporary, crisis-riddled society. Nonetheless, the viewers are still able to appreciate Eça's visionary irony, of which Botelho is a devoted follower. In this adaptation process, The Maias becomes an ensemble-cast piece with strong theatrical and operatic features. This effect is intensified by Botelho's numerous static shots, the tragicomic tone of the actors, as well as the film's constructed sets, which include grand old houses and fake outdoor landscapes painted by João Queiroz. In fact, not a single sequence in the film was shot outdoors, a choice both aesthetic and practical, which Eça himself might have applauded.

The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. Please use Parking Lot 13 for the event. 

Come join us in welcoming our special guests and further exploring the wonders of Portuguese culture! 

Any questions, please reply to this e-mail or direct them to Diana Simões (dsimõ

We hope to see you there!