Ana Maria loves a modest guitar player, Júlio; when she herself in a 'retiro' (typical fado tavern), public andcritics rend major applause. Fame brings about new friends, namely bohemian ... See full summary »
Ana Maria loves a modest guitar player, Júlio; when she herself in a 'retiro' (typical fado tavern), public andcritics rend major applause. Fame brings about new friends, namely bohemian young who play and sing the fado with her, and not so young men but who rich and powerful enough to patronize her, promote her, and wish to become intimate with her. Júlio the guitarist feel betrayed, and he sets his mind to depart to the African colonies, to leave her forever. Knowing that he's going to embark, Ana Maria's heart between her first love, and the appeal of the rich and famous. Written by
For those who haven't ever seen or heard Amália,this film may represent a good presentation of the Portuguese Fado Diva and internationally renowned and famous singer,unanimously considered in her golden years (which expanded from the late 1950s to the mid-70s with a strong revival of interest from the mid-80s until her death in 1999 with an uninterrupted career of 55 years from 1939 to 1994), to be one of the world's best singers alongside Ella Fitzgerald, Piaf and Judy Garland. The movie is loosely inspired in Amália's own life,from rags to riches,and at the same time the nostalgia and melancholy of part of her life, though it is not a biographical movie.Amália was not only a singer but also a consummate actress,who won two best actress awards in her own country,Portugal and refused invitations to work in France and Hollywood in the movies several times, though she sang there to acclaimed success.Surrounding her in the film are some of Portugal's best actors of the 30,40s and 50s,but she remains of course the centerpiece of the movie's action,acting with her straightforward naturalness, her passion and singing several beautiful songs, either Portuguese (fados), or Spanish.It is above all else an opportunity to see Amália when she was already, at the age of 27, a nationally acclaimed figure and her county's paramount artist,and to appreciate her talent as an actress and singer in the still early stages of her professional career, and finally the beauty of her presence and charisma which would be a steady trait in her life and career. A very special introduction to Amália, whose career spanned 55 active years, with decorations numbering in the tenths, from Portugal, Lebanon, France, Spain, Japan, among many other countries.A very special treat!
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