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A documentary that looks at the people working in the river Douro, around the city of Porto. | Add synopsis »
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The story of a working town. See more (3 total) »

Directed by
Manoel de Oliveira 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Manoel de Oliveira  uncredited

Produced by
Manoel de Oliveira .... producer
Original Music by
Luís de Freitas Branco (1934) (as Luiz de Freitas Branco)
Cinematography by
António Mendes  (as Antonio Mendes)
Film Editing by
Manoel de Oliveira 
Sound Department
Fernando Bernáldez .... sound engineer (as Fernando Bernaldez y Eder)
Luís Frazão .... sound engineer (as Luiz Verol Frazão)

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Also Known As:
"Douro, Faina Fluvial" - Portugal (original title)
"Working on the Douro River" - International (English title)
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20 min | Canada:18 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Portugal:M/6 (Qualidade)

Did You Know?

Portuguese censorship visa # A.D.391 delivered on 1934.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in A 15ª Pedra (2007)See more »
Litanies du feu et de la merSee more »


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The story of a working town., 15 November 2001
Author: sibisi73 from United Kingdom

Oliveira's first film, shot around the harbour in Oporto, Portugal, is an avant-garde series of images of the fishermen and assorted workers of the town. Although there are obvious influences from other 'art' films of the time, it isn't simply a montage of unrelated images, but a vision of a working town, even with so much as a narrative thread running through. The version I have seen (at the London Film Festival 2001) was overseen by the director himself with a new score by Emmanuel Nunes. It is a pounding, vibrant 18 minutes, despite it's limitations.

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