'Non', ou A Va Gloria de Mandar / No, or the Vain Glory of Command (1990) DVD9
A group of Portuguese soldiers are in Angola, in 1974. They are in the back of a truck which is driving them to the front lines, where they will join the battle against the guerillas fighting for an independent Angola. On the way, they have long discussions about Portugal's ancient history, its colonial period, and how nationalism and patriotism relate to colonialism and their history.
Flashbacks are used frequently to illustrate the Portuguese history the soldiers are discussing. Some of the flashbacks include: tribal chieftain Viriato, in Roman times; King Afonso and the dream of a combined Iberian Empire with Spain (12th Century); battles with the Moors in Africa. Most of the discussion centers on wars and colonial conquests, and the utter futility of it all, the "vain glory of command," of the film's title.
The story continues as the soldiers arrive in a staging area, where they await orders for field operations. The discussion and flashbacks continue, as the soldiers prepare for battle...

DVD9 | PAL 16:9 | 01:47:02 | 7.85 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Portugues
Subtitles: English, Portugues, Francais, Espanol, Italiano
Genre: Drama, History, War

Director: Manoel de Oliveira
Cast: Luis Miguel Cintra, Diogo Doria, Miguel Guilherme
Country: Portugal, Spain, France

-- Trailer (0:01:35)
-- Oliveira's filmography (0:01:00)
-- Interview with Manoel de Olivaira (0:22:43)
-- Interview with Luis Miguel Cintra, Diogo Doria and Miguel Guilherme (0:19:21)
-- Scenes from the shooting : Alcazar-Quibir, scenes shot by Elso Roque in 16 mm (0:13:30)
-- Scenes from the shooting : Colonial War, scenes shot by Joao Fonseca in Video 8 (0:22:48)
-- International press review

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