Hour of the Star (1985)
"A Hora da Estrela" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  March 1987 (USA)
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Macabea has just moved to the big city after her aunt, who raised her, died. She gets a job as a typist and moves into a boarding house with three other women. In her spare time she listens... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
José Dumont ...
Olímpico de Jesus
Tamara Taxman ...
Madame Carlota (the macumbeira)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Manoel Luiz Aranha ...
Marli Botoletto ...
Macumba assistant
Denoy de Oliveira ...
Maria Do Carmo Soares ...
Maria do Carmo
Walter Filho ...
Man in Mercedes
Sonia Guedes ...
Mrs. Joana
Umberto Magnani ...
Seu Raimundo
Miro Martinez ...
Blind man
Euricio Martins ...
Metro Guard
Raymundo Matos ...
Dirce Militello ...
Gloria's mother


Macabea has just moved to the big city after her aunt, who raised her, died. She gets a job as a typist and moves into a boarding house with three other women. In her spare time she listens to time Radio Station; on Sundays she likes to ride the subways. She describes herself saying, "I am a typist and a virgin, and I like Coca-Cola." Then she meets Olimpico, a north-easterner like herself, who has dreams of becoming a Congressman. Written by Benjamin Elijah Griffin <bgriffin@ic.sunysb.edu>

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Film debut of Marcelia Cartaxo. See more »


Olimpico: [watching Macabea putting a lot of sugar in her coffee] Jesus. That's going to make you sick.
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Referenced in Xuxa in Crystal Moon (1990) See more »

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23 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you've ever read Lispector's text, Amaral's film is a must-see. You may be wondering how Amaral could possibly manage to capture Lispector's musings on the act of writing or questions regarding representation as they are presented through her narrator, Rodrigo. Pay close attention, and you'll find your answer. Although Rodrigo is absent from the film, he is symbolically present via Amaral's juxtaposition of Macabea's humble life, and the reality that is presented to her within an industrialized society. I personally believe that this is not a representation of the original text, but an appropriation of certain underlying themes within it. As you will see, Amaral manages to give us her own perspective and cultural critique of representation via the artistic medium of which she is a part. In this sense, the film stands alone, independent of the novella, with a few strong threads tying the two together. For anyone who is interested in the question of representation within the cultural industry, commodity fetishism, capitalism, feminism, etc., you need to watch this film, and then you need to watch it again.

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