Courtly manners, mild-mannered people and varied scenery to match the most beautiful in the world are all part of the third University Travel Club attraction: "Portugal, Madeira & The Azores," scheduled in Kingsbury Hall on the lower campus of the University of Utah on Monday, Oct. 23, at 8 p.m.
Live narration will be provided by David Morrish, photographer-producer of the full-length, full-color film.Portugal shares an Atlantic Ocean doorstep with Spain, its much larger neighbor to the east and north with which Portugal has often quarreled. Alike in a few ways but far different in others, both countries are a blend of the old and the new. Portugal, however, has retained hand-kissing, the exchange of business cards and other traditional touches.
"It's even significant," Morrish says, "that in Portugal the bull survives the bullfight."
The film opens in Lisbon with its seven hills. Morrish then focuses his camera on rural life in the northern mountains, Geres National Park, Minho Province, unusual but successful fishing tactics, bullfights, bull runs, relics of ancient religions, the shrine of Fatima, backward glances at Portuguese explorers, the straw toboggans of Madeira, the royal palace of the Azores and dozens of other highlights.
A newcomer to the UTC series, Morrish is licensed as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Wales, his native land. He was featured recently on a BBC documentary that spotlights his three professions: solicitor, professional travel guide and film producer.
General admission tickets to the film will be sold Monday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and again from 6:30 p.m. till showtime.
The free shuttlebus will begin service in Rice Stadium parking lot about 7:10 p.m.