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Videos from and about Portugal

(Our videos ARE NOT FOR SALE, some may be available for purchase at the Las Americas Film Network)


  1. Aunt Misery, Via le Monde (Firm) and Films for the Humanities (Firm), 1 videocassette (26 min.), Princeton, NJ, 1985.
    Abstract: Presents a dramatization of a Portuguese folktale that tells about a poor peasant woman whose only valuable possession is her orange tree. Explains why joy and laughter exist despite all the misery in the world.

  2. Carlota Joaquína princesa do Brazil, André Abujamra et al., 1 videocassette (100 min.), Brazil, 1994.
    Notes: Performer Note: Marieta Severo, Marco Nanini.
    Abstract: Spain, 1785: Carlota Joaquina, a child who has been promised to Dom João IV of Portugal. She must go to Portugal, where she discovers the truth of the royal life--the deceptions, the infidelities and the mistresses. Following the death of Dom José and declaration of his wifes' insanity, João and Carlota ascend to the throne, but in the turmoil of French Revolution spilling into the Iberian peninsula, she flees to the colony of Brazil.

  3. Der Stand der Dinge, Wim Wenders et al., 1 videocassette (121 min.), Duisburg, Germany, 1993.
    Notes: Performer Note: Patrick Bauchau, Allen Goorwitz, Viva Auder, Sam Fuller, Paul Getty III, Roger Corman.
    Abstract: Portugal. A young German director making his first American-backed feature runs out of both film and money. Repeated efforts to contact the producer prove fruitless; finally he flies to Hollywood and tracks down the elusive man who is fleeing his creditors by ceaselessly driving around Los Angeles in a motorhome. A satirical statement on the conflicts between commercial movie-making and real art.

  4. Les derniers Marranes = The last Marranos, Frédéric Brenner et al., 1 videocassette (65 min.), Waltham, Mass, 1992?
    Abstract: In 1497, 5 years after the expultion of the Jews from Spain, the Protuguese Jews were froced to accept conversion. Called 'Marranos' by their Christian neighbors, they tried to keep their Judaism alive. After 500 years of practicing their religion in secret, some 100 adults in the village of Belmonte have remained. Officially Catholics, the Marronos attend chruch every Sunday, but within their own homes they light candles on Friday nights and bake matzah for passover. Although no longer living under any threat, the Marranos continue to perform their ceremonies behind closed doors, mostly under the leadership of women, either trhough fear of the evil eye, or simply through the strength of tradition.

  5. From the fury of the Northmen ; Halfdan was here, Magnus Magnusson et al., 1 videocassette (60 min.), Alexandria, Va, 1988.
    Notes: Performer Note: Magnus Magnusson
    Added Title: Halfdan was here.
    Abstract: The first segment covers early Danish Viking history and settlements through the time of Harald Bluetooth and traces Viking raids into France, Spain, Portugal and Italy. The second half gives background on Viking trade, trading centers, and trade routes.

  6. The great air race of 1924, David G McCullough et al., 1 videocassette (58 min.), United States?, Alexandria, VA, 1989.
    Notes: Performer Note: David McCullough.
    Abstract: Discusses the race to circle the world by air. Covers four countries, France England, Portugal and the United States, who embark on a historic journey. Explores the American fliers and their various experiences during the flight.

  7. La ley de la frontera, Adolfo Aristarain et al., 1 videocassette (120 min.), Montevideo, Uruguay, 199-.
    Notes: Performer Note: Pere Ponce, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Achero Mañas, Federico Luppi.
    Abstract: Barbara, a journalist in the beginning of the 20th century, searches in the border between Portugal and Galicia a bandit called El Argentino. In her travel she meets two men that say that they belong to his gang. João and Xan were both born on the same day, one in Spain and the other in Portugal. As they get older, neither of them wanted to keep leading the type of life they had. Thus, they both planned an escape and unexpectedly ran into each other and quickly decided to travel together. Their adventures included a lot of robbing and stealing as they searched for what they wanted out of life.

  8. O Bobo The jester, José Alvaro Morais et al., 1 videocassette (124 min.), S.l, 1990?
    Notes: Performer Note: Fernando Heitor, Paula Guedas, Luís Lucas
    Added Title: The Jester.
    Abstract: This film, told in flashback, evolves on two levels: among the members of a Lisbon theatre group in 1978, four years after the Portuguese revolution, and among the characters in the play the group is staging, which is a classic of Portuguesse literature chronicling the political intrigues surrounding the establishment of the Portuguese state in 1125.

  9. Pousadas de Portugal, Enatur-Pousadas de Portugal (Organization), 1 videocassette (14 min.), Lisboa, 1993.
    Abstract: Describes several luxury hotels in different regions of Portugal.

  10. Sostiene Pereira, Roberto Faenza et al., 1 videocassette (105 min.), Milano, 1997.
    Notes: Performer Note: Marcello Mastroianni, Stefano Dionisi, Nicoletta Braschi.
    Abstract: Portugal 1938. Pereira is the editor of the culture section of the Lisboa, an unaffiliated evening paper. There is civil war in Spain and the fascists are in power in Portugal, but he concerns himself only with his work (writing biographies of famous writers and translating French novels) and ignores what is going on around him. He hires Monteiro Rossi, an idealistic young man in love with a beautiful communist, as an assistant. He reluctantly helps them when they begin to get into trouble due to subversive activities. Eventually events force him to take a stand.

  11. The State of things, Wim Wenders et al., 1 videocassette (120 min.), S.l., 1987.
    Notes: Performer Note: Patrick Bauchau, Allen Goorwitz, Viva Auder, Sam Fuller, Paul Getty III, Roger Corman.
    Abstract: Portugal. A young German director making his first American-backed feature runs out of both film and money. Repeated efforts to contact the producer prove fruitless; finally he flies to Hollywood and tracks down the elusive man who is fleeing his creditors by ceaselessly driving around Los Angeles in a motorhome. A satirical statement on the conflicts between commercial movie-making and real art.

  12. Suspiros de España (y Portugal), José Luis García Sánchez et al., 1 videocassette (ca. 90 min.), Spain, 1996.
    Notes: Performer Note: Juan Echanove, Juan Luis Galiardo, Rosa María Sárda.
    Abstract: After the death of the abbot of a small monestary, the two monks who are left discover among the the late abbot's papers letters from the mother of one of them indicating that he is the natural son of a landowner in Extremadura. In order to claim his legacy, the monk must travel to Extremadura; fortunately, the other lived outside of the monestary for some time. Together they plan the voyage to the property of the heir's father, picking up on their way his friend's daughter and lover. Once in Extremadura, things don't go exactly according to plans.

  13. Thirty two short films about Glenn Gould, Glenn Gould et al., 1 videodisc (94 min.), Culver City, CA, 1995.
    Notes: Performer Note: Colm Feore.
    Abstract: Using thirty-two elegantly constructed vignettes, which span Gould's life from age four until his death at age fifty, the film dramatizes a variation on the theme of Glenn Gould, depicting the many diverse aspects of his life--from artist to financier, humorist to nature-lover, recluse to iconoclast.

  14. Trois vies et une seule morte, Raúl Ruiz et al., 1 videocassette (123 min.), New York, N.Y, 1998.
    Notes: Performer Note: Marcello Mastroianni, Anna Galiena, Marisa Paredes.
    Abstract: Banker/arms dealer Luc Allamand is in the center of a surrealistic shell game during which the primary players remain a mystery to each other. Luc's tangled life takes us on a dynamic journey through the lives of his adversaries: Mateo Strano, a traveling salesman who leaves home for a pack of cigarettes and returns to his wife 20 yhears later; Pat Vickers, a world-famous professor of Negative Anthropology who chooses to moonlight as a homeless panhandler while his lover splits her time running a large corporation with her need to explore eroticism as a high class call girl; and an opulent butler whose manipulation of Luc's daughter will lead to the game's tragic conclusion in a small French café.


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