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TAVARES, Mirian. O Processo do Rei: a história no palco do cinema. ARS (São Paulo) [online]. 2011, vol.9, n.17, pp. 116-129. ISSN 1678-5320.

This text discusses the relationship between cinema and theatre starting with the concept of mise en scéne. What joins together and separates these two artistic forms? How has cinema built its own mise en scéne throughout its history while resorting mostly to editing? In order to thoroughly examine the issues raised by this text, I will analyze João Mário Grilo's movie: O Processo do Rei (The Lawsuit against the King) (1990). Based on the lawsuit against Dom Afonso VI, the director was able to remain faithful to the historical time, the seventeenth century, but at the same time give it a contemporary feel, while exploring eternal and cyclical aspects of the actual story. The cinema, in this movie, works as a stage where the story reveals the directing, which history books habitually hide.

Keywords : cinema; theater; staging; baroque; mise-en-cadre.

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