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Labor on the Douro River (1931)

Douro, Faina Fluvial (original title)
A documentary that looks at the people working in the river Douro, around the city of Porto.

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

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Country:

Portugal

Release Date:

19 September 1931 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Douro, lavoro fluviale See more »

Filming Locations:

Farol, Foz do Douro, Portugal See more »

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Silent

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Portuguese censorship visa # A.D.391 delivered on 1934. See more »

Connections

Edited into Porto of My Childhood (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Litanies du feu et de la mer
Composed by Emmanuel Nunes
Played on the piano by Alice Ader
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Beautiful document
4 June 2016 | by filtonSee all my reviews

Manoel de Oliveira's first film is a briskly cut summary of a day in the working lives of riverside folk on the banks of the Douro River.

It's an early signpost to later technique, notably his capturing and framing of aesthetically pleasing shots. This is one of the appeals of 'Douro' - it's ravishing to look at - but it's also a valuable document of working practices, and it shows (a little self-consciously, it must be said) the arrival of the technology that would change the face of the river banks around the Ponte de D. Luís, in Porto.

One false and unnecessary note is the introduction of a little fictional vignette of a story - a worker is 'trampled' by oxen, to the great dismay of his sweetheart. But this doesn't take much away from a never-less-than-interesting little film.


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