Tag Archives: Portuguese

Joaquim Pedro de Andrade – O Aleijadinho AKA The Little Cripple (1978)

A brief piece on one of the greatest Brazilian artists of all time, Antônio Francisco Lisboa, the Aleijadinho. An important representant of the Baroque period in Brazil, Aleijadinho was famous for his artistic sculptures and figures made in soapstone, part of the many historical churches and other architetural monuments all located in Minas Gerais. Read More »

Fernando Campos & Paulo Gil Soares – Um Homem e Sua Jaula AKA A Man and His Cage (1969)

Based on the novel ‘Matéria de Memória’ of Carlos Heitor Cony, it tells the story of a widowed man who maintains ambiguous relations with his mother-in-law, who lives in the same house. Then he decides to lock himself in the room, reviving memory through old letters and photographs. An absolute rarity. Read More »

Raoul Ruiz – Mistérios de Lisboa AKA Mysteries of Lisbon [TV version] (2010)

Synopsis
Follows a jealous countess, a wealthy businessman, and a young orphaned boy across Portugal, France, Italy and Brazil where they connect with a variety of mysterious individuals. Read More »

Neville de Almeida – Jardim de Guerra (1970)

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Edson is having an affair with actress Maria do Rosário, who dreams of being a movie director. So he tries to get some easy money for her film, but is arrested and meets a police torturer instead. Read More »

Joaquim Pedro de Andrade – A Linguagem da Persuasão AKA The Language of Persuasion (1970)

Short documentary about the ideology of publicity and mass medias. Read More »

Manoel de Oliveira – A Caixa aka Blind Man’s Bluff (1994)

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One of Manoel de Oliveira’s masterpieces, A Caixa (The Box) / Blind Man’s Bluff is an adaptation, in parable form, of a play of the same name by Prista Monteiro.
The action takes place around a flight of steps in a poor neighbourhood and is about the final misadventure of an old Blind Man who has yet again been robbed of the official alms box with which he earns is living. His daughter, besides doing the house work, wears herself out taking in washing. Her companion, an unemployed lay-about like many of his friends, lives off the Blind Man’s box which has just been stolen for the second time. Read More »

Rita Azevedo Gomes – A 15ª Pedra AKA The 15th Stone (2007)

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Joáo Bénard da Costa, director of the Portuguese National Film Archives [deceased in 2009], interviews the dean of contemporaneous film directors [96-years-old then]. Two humanists of different philosophical backgrounds, both with their long, entire lives dedicated to culture in general (music, painting, literature) and to film in particular, discuss freely, sometimes haltingly, the director’s power as a creator or a magician, the philosophy beyond particular scenes in classic movies, film technique, the importance of color, sound and music to films, art versus entertainment, and much more. Their talk takes place in a museum room, seating in front of “The Annunciation” (a 1510 oil painting by João Vaz, a Portuguese artist), which eventually leads to a discussion of ‘Leonardo da Vinci’, and the relationship between a trend-setter master and his disciples. Read More »