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Audiences typically respond with derision to the final freeze-frame of Malkovich's traumatized moue; but stick through the end credits, and Papas's lovely a capella returns briefly as both a benediction and a reminder that, for Oliveira, art and culture continue to exist, and to offer solace, even as the noite escura of a new Dark Age descends upon us.
That is the root cause of the Chosin metaphysic that drives the Theology of Crime; and whenever and wherever it transcends itself to others, it descends upon them with its terror.