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A Song of Lisbon (1933)
"A Canção de Lisboa" (original title)

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Vasco Leitão, estudante de medicina, sobrevive na capital à custa da mesada das tias de Trás-os-Montes, que nunca vieram a Lisboa e o consideram um aluno exemplar. Todavia, o alegre ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vasco Santana ...
Beatriz Costa ...
António Silva ...
Teresa Gomes ...
Tia do Vasco (as Tereza Gomes)
Sofía Santos ...
Tia do Vasco
Alfredo Silva ...
Ana María ...
Ana da Garcia (as Ana Maria)
Eduardo Fernandes ...
Silvestre Alegrim
Manuel Santos Carvalho ...
(as Santos Carvalho)
Henrique Alves
Artur Rodrigues
Júlia da Assunção ...
(as Julia Assunção)
Maria Albertina


Vasco Leitão, estudante de medicina, sobrevive na capital à custa da mesada das tias de Trás-os-Montes, que nunca vieram a Lisboa e o consideram um aluno exemplar. Todavia, o alegre estudante prefere às aulas os retiros e os arraiais, as cantigas populares e as mulheres bonitas. Written by Bill Murray <>

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O primeiro filme portugues feito por portugueses.


Comedy | Musical





Release Date:

7 November 1933 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

A Canção de Lisboa  »

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Sound Mix:

(Tobis Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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First of the three films directed by architect José Cottinelli Telmo. See more »


Referenced in Backlight (2010) See more »


Canção de Lisboa
(popular march)
Written by Raúl Portela and Raul Ferrão
Poem by José Galhardo
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A great movie, a comedy lesson
19 August 2002 | by (Porto, Portugal) – See all my reviews

I must say that this is one of the few movies to which I am constantly returning. I've watched it over and over and I find it every time more exciting. I believe this is due to several things. First of all, the fantastic interpretations of the great portuguese names such as Beatriz Costa, António Silva and, of course, Vasco Santana. Than, there is also the great dialogues and story (all the schemes Vasquinho finds to lie to his aunts...). But, in my opinion, what makes this movie, and other portuguese movies from this time, so special, is the fact that they were made honestly, completely honestly. Suddenly someone says "Let's make people laugh"; and they just did it, they were not trying to revolucionize the cinema or something, they had a simple straight project, and they went all the way with it... That's the attitude many portuguese (and not only) directors should have nowadays... It is interesting to notice that the most prestigious portuguese director alive, Manoel de Oliveira, played a role in this movie, Carlos. And if you have seen american "Space cowboys" you will find in it a joke that is already present in this 1933's movie (did the americans see this movie??)... It's when a girl asks Vasquinho "How should call you?" and he answers "Call me Vasquinho, call me Lulu... look... call me whenever you want that I'll be right there...". Donald Sutherland says an equivalent joke.

No doubt a lesson in how to make you laugh, even in black and white (which I love, by the way). 10/10

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