The Armada of Pedro Álvares Cabral discovers Brazil.

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Alvaro Costa ...
Pedro Álvares Cabral
João de Deus ...
Ayres Correa
Manoel Rocha ...
Pero Vaz Caminha
Alfredo Silva ...
Henrique de Coimbra
De Los Rios ...
Duarte Pacheco
Arthur Oliveira ...
Pedro Escobar
J. Silveira ...
Alfredo Cunha
Hélio Barroso ...
Edgar
Armando Duval ...
Nicolau Coelho / Bartolomeu Dias
Araçati
Costa Henrique
Humberto Mauro
João Mauro
João Baldi
Reginaldo Calmon
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The Armada of Pedro Álvares Cabral discovers Brazil.

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7 January 1939 (Portugal)  »

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The Discovery of Brazil  »

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1.37 : 1
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Brazil - the movie
12 May 2010 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

No great performances required, no rich plot written, this is a simple and unpretentious reenactment of Pêro Vaz de Caminha's letter to king D. Manuel I of Portugal.

Pêro Vaz de Caminha was the senior scribe of the Portuguese armada of Pedro Álvares de Cabral that officially discovered Brazil in 1500, and this letter marks the beginning of the current country Brazil, founded on Portuguese colonization. Just for that reason this is an interesting enough film to anyone interested in world history.

The somewhat hammy acting is interspersed with text separators, but hey!, these were the 30's, cinema everywhere was still getting used to the 'talkies' and still had too much of the 20's influence to be really good. The Portuguese sailors' anguish on their long months at sea, the portrait of the native Brazilians, and the contact between the two civilizations are moving and funny enough because of the innocence with which they were acted.

All in all, good piece of entertaining, a classic of Brazilian cinema and a worthy theme. And it could kinda be considered a great-grandfather of Ridley Scott's 1492.


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