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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.
It's a historical movie. One of the first of Brazilian Filmography, it
has it's importance, but clearly shows how underdeveloped the seventh
art was in Brasil in that point. Years before had been made: City
Lights, Modern Times ans M (Fritz Lang). Mauro's filmed theater was
then dated and boring, but important to the development. History
curiosity, that's all.
The acting is definitely theatrical and the quality of the copy we have today, even restored, is terrible.
In the years to come, better things (considering international panorama) were made in Brazil.
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