Interview with a has-been boxing champion «who could have been great», probing, and soul revealing.

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Complete credited cast:
Belarmino Fragoso ...
Himself - a boxer
Jean Pierre Gebler ...
Himself - a saxophone baritone
Maria Teresa de Noronha ...
Herself - Fado singer (as Teresa N. Bastos)
Bernardo Moreira ...
Himself - a contrabass
Júlia Buisel ...
Herself - Fado singer (as Maria Júlia Büisel)
Maria Amélia Fragoso ...
Herself - Belarmino's wife
Ana Paula Fragoso ...
Herself - Belarmino's daughter
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Former boxing champion Belarmino answers a psychological facing the camera in close-up. Then the camera follows him in his daily routine, at home with his family, oggling the women and working as doorman to a night-club, as well as the of training and boxing sessions. Written by Artemis-9

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a landmark in portuguese cinema
19 June 2002 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

After the so-called golden age of Portuguese comedy in the 40's, and the stagnation in the 50's, the 60's brought a new cinema (Cinema Novo)to Portugal, namely by Paulo Rocha, Manoel de Oliveira and Fernando Lopes.

Fernando Lopes' Belarmino is not really a documentary about boxing, but a documentary about the life of a boxer, Belarmino Fragoso, at the end of his short career. It is a very live, frank, surprising portrait of the life of a common man in Lisbon during the 50's and 60's.

It was very much influenced by the Italian Neo-realism, but it's cinematically much more stylish than most of those features. There are some wonderful shots of Belarmino training, strolling through the streets of Lisbon or at home with his family.

The main flaws, for me, are in the interviews, which, maybe because of the editing, become repetitive at times.

Compare to Kubrick's "Day of the Fight".


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