Portugal Archive (Portuguese Cinema)

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Portuguese Film History

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1. Os Vivos Tambem Choram (2012)

Not Rated | 30 min | Short, Drama

Ze - a 50 year old alcoholic - works in the port of Lisbon where he loads and unloads containers. Ze never left his neighborhood and is hiding his savings so that one day he'll be able to ... See full summary »

Director: Basil da Cunha | Stars: José Pedro Gomes, Dorin Dragos, Carlos Marques, António Silva Moura

Votes: 32

2. A 15ª Pedra (2007)

121 min | Documentary

'Duarte de Almeida', director of the Portuguese National Film Archives [deceased in 2009], interviews the dean of contemporaneous film directors [96-years-old then]. Two humanists of ... See full summary »

Director: Rita Azevedo Gomes | Stars: Manoel de Oliveira, João Bénard da Costa

Votes: 7

3. After the Night (2013)

99 min | Action

Straight out of jail, Sombra returns to his life as a drug dealer in the creole slum of Lisbon. In between the money he has lent and can't get back, the money he owes, a fanciful iguana, an... See full summary »

Director: Basil da Cunha | Stars: Ana Clara Baptista de Melo Soares Barros, Susana Maria Mendes da Costa, José Zeferino da Cruz, Pedro Armando Delgado Piedade

Votes: 107

4. Frágil Como o Mundo (2001)

90 min | Drama, Romance

An impossible love. Two young people in love. Vera and John can't find a space nor time, nor identity in this life that can solve this love. Apparently everything is beneficial to them, ... See full summary »

Director: Rita Azevedo Gomes | Stars: Maria Gonçalves, Bruno Terra, Sophie Balabanian, Carlos Ferreira

Votes: 74

5. A Woman's Revenge (2012)

100 min | Biography, Drama

Roberto is a dandy!An unmoved, inscrutable and thus enigmatic man. He enjoys the aristocratic amusement of astonishment.Women, whom he knows full well in all sorts of styles and races, can ... See full summary »

Director: Rita Azevedo Gomes | Stars: Rita Durão, Fernando Rodrigues, Hugo Tourita, Duarte Martins

Votes: 90

7. Centro Histórico (2012)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

A feature film with four stories celebrating the city of Guimarães in the North of Portugal.

Directors: Pedro Costa, Manoel de Oliveira, Víctor Erice, Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Judite Araujo, Maria Fatima Braga Lima, Marco Carreira, Arlindo Fernandes

Votes: 244

8. Gebo et l'ombre (2012)

95 min | Drama

71 Metascore

Set in the late 19th century, about a honored but poor patriarch who sacrifices himself to protect his fugitive son.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Michael Lonsdale, Claudia Cardinale, Jeanne Moreau, Leonor Silveira

Votes: 533

9. The Strange Case of Angelica (2010)

Unrated | 97 min | Drama, Fantasy

75 Metascore

A photographer is asked by hotel owners to take portraits of their recently deceased daughter.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Pilar López de Ayala, Isabel Ruth, Ana Maria Magalhães, Sara Carinhas

Votes: 1,591 | Gross: $0.05M

10. Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl (2009)

Not Rated | 64 min | Drama, Romance

A young man falls helplessly in love with a mysterious blonde woman who turns his life upside down.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Ricardo Trêpa, Catarina Wallenstein, Diogo Dória, Júlia Buisel

Votes: 1,529

11. Cristóvão Colombo - O Enigma (2007)

75 min | Drama, History

A true story of a doctor and his wife who went on a journey in order to prove that discoverer Christopher Columbus was in fact Portuguese.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Ricardo Trêpa, Leonor Baldaque, Manoel de Oliveira, Maria Isabel de Oliveira

Votes: 372

12. Rencontre unique (2007)

3 min | Short, Comedy

A special surreal encounter between Nikita Khrouchtchev and the Pope John XXIII.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Michel Piccoli, João Bénard da Costa, Antoine Chappey

Votes: 70

13. O Improvável Não é Impossível (2006)

19 min | Short, Drama, Music

Film about Calouste Gulbenkian, produced for the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira

Votes: 29

14. Belle toujours (2006)

Not Rated | 68 min | Drama, Music

38 years after their last encounter, Henri Husson thinks he sees Séverine in a concert. He follows her and sadistically takes out a slow and painful revenge.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Michel Piccoli, Bulle Ogier, Ricardo Trêpa, Leonor Baldaque

Votes: 939 | Gross: $0.01M

15. Magic Mirror (2005)

137 min | Drama, Music

Luciano, fresh out of jail, was taken by his brother, Flórido, to serve in the home of wealthy Alfreda. He was surprised when she told him that her greatest desire was to see the Virgin ... See full summary »

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Leonor Silveira, Ricardo Trêpa, Luís Miguel Cintra, Leonor Baldaque

Votes: 317

17. A Talking Picture (2003)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, History

75 Metascore

Lisbon, Marseilles, Naples, Athens, Istanbul, Cairo, Aden, and Bombay. Along with a university teacher and her little daughter, we embark on a long journey, experiencing different cultures and civilizations.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Leonor Silveira, Filipa de Almeida, John Malkovich, Catherine Deneuve

Votes: 1,846 | Gross: $0.01M

18. Porto of My Childhood (2001)

61 min | Biography, Drama

The city of Porto viewed by the intimate eye of Manoel de Oliveira.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Jorge Trêpa, Ricardo Trêpa, Maria de Medeiros, Manoel de Oliveira

Votes: 447

19. I'm Going Home (2001)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

86 Metascore

The comfortable daily routines of aging Parisian actor Gilbert Valence, 76, are suddenly shaken when he learns that his wife, daughter, and son-in-law have been killed in a car crash. ... See full summary »

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Michel Piccoli, Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich, Antoine Chappey

Votes: 1,613

20. Word and Utopia (2000)

130 min | Biography, History

The story of Father Antonio Vieira, a 17th-century Portuguese priest who lived in Brazil and worked for better treatment of the Indians and to abolish slavery.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Lima Duarte, Luís Miguel Cintra, Ricardo Trêpa, Miguel Guilherme

Votes: 349

21. La lettre (1999)

107 min | Drama

A well-bred, lovely, spiritual, sad young woman marries an attentive physician who loves her. She feels affection but no love. Soon after, without design, she falls in love with Pedro ... See full summary »

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Chiara Mastroianni, Pedro Abrunhosa, Antoine Chappey, Leonor Silveira

Votes: 631

22. Party (1996)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

The battle of the sexes? The forces of despair and seduction? On S. Miguel in the Azores, Rogério, a young man with old money, and his enigmatic wife Leonor host a garden party at their ... See full summary »

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Michel Piccoli, Irene Papas, Leonor Silveira, Rogério Samora

Votes: 273

23. The Convent (1995)

PG | 90 min | Drama, Mystery

The journey of Michael Padovic, an American professor who arrives with his wife, Helene, at a Portuguese convent where he expects to find the documents needed to prove his theory: ... See full summary »

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich, Luís Miguel Cintra, Leonor Silveira

Votes: 899 | Gross: $0.05M

24. A Caixa (1994)

93 min | Comedy, Drama

Stories of various individuals living in a poor district of Lisbon are intertwined with the sad life of a blind street vendor whose only means of support is his elm box.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Luís Miguel Cintra, Glicínia Quartin, Ruy de Carvalho, Beatriz Batarda

Votes: 370

25. Abraham's Valley (1993)

187 min | Drama

Ema is a very attractive but innocent girl, so pretty that cars crash in her presence. Young marries Dr. Carlo Paiva, who she is not attracted to, but is her father's friend. They move to ... See full summary »

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Leonor Silveira, Cécile Sanz de Alba, Luís Miguel Cintra, Ruy de Carvalho

Votes: 1,157

26. O Dia do Desespero (1992)

75 min | Biography, Drama

Portrait of the last days of the life of Portuguese writer Camilo Castelo Branco.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Teresa Madruga, Mário Barroso, Luís Miguel Cintra, Diogo Dória

Votes: 167

27. A Divina Comédia (1991)

140 min | Drama

Patients in a mental institution see themselves as Adam and Eve, Sonia and Raskolnikov, a Philosopher and a Prophet, Alyosha and Ivan Karamazov, Jesus, Lazarus, Martha, Mary and St Teresa of Avila.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Maria de Medeiros, Miguel Guilherme, Luís Miguel Cintra, Mário Viegas

Votes: 409

28. 'Non', ou A Vã Glória de Mandar (1990)

110 min | Drama, History, War

Episodes from entire military history of Portugal are told through flashbacks as a professorish soldier recounts them while marching through a Portuguese African colony in 1973. He easily ... See full summary »

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Luís Miguel Cintra, Diogo Dória, Miguel Guilherme, Luís Lucas

Votes: 799

29. Os Canibais (1988)

90 min | Musical, Drama, Fantasy

A drama following stories of characters from the Portuguese High Society.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Luís Miguel Cintra, Leonor Silveira, Diogo Dória, Oliveira Lopes

Votes: 415

30. The Satin Slipper (1985)

410 min | Drama

During the century of the Spanish Gold, Doña Prouhèze, wife of a nobleman, deeply loves Don Rodrigo, who is forced to leave Spain and go to America. Meanwhile Prouhèze is sent to Africa to ... See full summary »

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Luís Miguel Cintra, Patricia Barzyk, Anne Consigny, Anne Gautier

Votes: 145

31. Francisca (1981)

166 min | Biography, Drama

The life of a young man, son of an English officer who lets himself become a prisoner of love resulting in fatalism and disgrace.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Teresa Menezes, Diogo Dória, Mário Barroso, Francisco Brás

Votes: 305

32. Ill-Fated Love (1978– )

45 min | Drama, Romance

A story about doomed love between to people from different worlds and the impact in their lives.

Stars: António Sequeira Lopes, Cristina Hauser, Elsa Wallencamp, António Costa

Votes: 253

33. Benilde or The Virgin Mother (1975)

112 min | Drama

Raised in seclusion, a young woman claims her unborn child was conceived through an angel.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Maria Amélia Matta, Jorge Rolla, Varela Silva, Glória de Matos

Votes: 230

34. Past and Present (1972)

115 min | Comedy

Vanda is a young widow, with a number of marriages past her, who tends to venerate each deceased husband, as much as she betrays and denigrates the present one.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Maria de Saisset, Manuela de Freitas, Bárbara Vieira, Alberto Inácio

Votes: 171

35. As Pinturas do Meu Irmão Júlio (1965)

15 min | Documentary, Short

The camera shows the vivid paintings by late Júlio Régio, with a narrative by his brother, while guitar tunes underline the mood and rhythm of the cinematography.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Star: José Régio

Votes: 64

36. The Hunt (1964)

21 min | Short, Drama

José and Roberto are friends, and they decide to go hunting but without guns, so that no accident will happen. As they stroll and talk, one of them falls into a hole in a hidden marshland. ... See full summary »

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: António Rodrigues Sousa, João Rocha Almeida, Albino Freitas, Manuel De Sa

Votes: 308

37. Acto da Primavera (1963)

94 min | Drama

Local people of Curalha, a small village, keep a tradition of representing the Passion of Jesus, since and according to a 16th text.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Nicolau Nunes Da Silva, Ermelinda Pires, Maria Madalena, Amélia Chaves

Votes: 204

38. O Pão (1959)

51 min | Documentary

Each day, Man must work around the clock to produce and acquire bread: throwing the seeds into earth, helping the breeding of the corn, the corn's recolt, transport to the mills - ... See full summary »

Director: Manoel de Oliveira

Votes: 45

39. Labor on the Douro River (1931)

20 min | Documentary, Short

A documentary that looks at the people working in the river Douro, around the city of Porto.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira

Votes: 610

40. Já Se Fabricam Automóveis em Portugal (1938)

11 min | Documentary, Short

A documentary about the fabrication of cars in Portugal.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Star: Fernando Pessa

Votes: 22

41. Hulha Branca (1932)

8 min | Documentary, Short

Follows the creation of an electrical company using water energy as source.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira

Votes: 19

42. Aniki Bóbó (1942)

71 min | Drama, Family

The story takes place in the old streets of Porto and by the banks of the Douro River. A gang of very young kids has just accepted a new member, Carlitos, a shy boy who has "played it tough... See full summary »

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Nascimento Fernandes, Vital dos Santos, António Palma, Armando Pedro

Votes: 1,448

43. Liberdade para José Diogo (1976)

70 min | Documentary

The film documents two phases of an incident occurred in Portugal, during the 1974 revolution. In September 30, 1974, José Diogo, a tractor driver, kills his boss, Columbano Líbano Monteiro... See full summary »

Director: Luís Galvão Teles | Stars: José Diogo, Margarida Carpinteiro, Pedro Efe

44. Dot.com (2007)

103 min | Comedy

Pedro, an engineer posted in a village in the North of Portugal, waits desperately to be transferred back to Lisbon. Ever since his road project was cancelled, he's had nothing to do except... See full summary »

Director: Luís Galvão Teles | Stars: João Tempera, María Adánez, Marco Delgado, Isabel Abreu

Votes: 615

45. Em Câmara Lenta (2012)

71 min | Drama

5.1