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The Jew (1996)
"O Judeu" (original title)

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Portugal, 1739, the reign of King João V, who tries to keep a delicate balance between the power of the Church and the interests of the Court. António José da Silva, nicknamed "the Jew", a ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Filipe Pinheiro ...
Antônio José da Silva
Dina Sfat ...
Lourença Coutinho
Mário Viegas ...
D. João V
D. Nuno da Cunha
Brites Cardoso
José Neto ...
D. Marcos
Ruy de Carvalho ...
Father Pantoja
Cristina Aché ...
Leonor de Carvalho
Santos Manuel
Edwin Luisi ...
Alexandre de Gusmão
Sinde Filipe ...
Marquis of Alegrete
Rogério Paulo ...
Inquisition Promotor
António Anjos ...
D.Nuno's Secretary
Curado Ribeiro ...
D. António
Fábio Junqueira ...
Luis Barbuda


Portugal, 1739, the reign of King João V, who tries to keep a delicate balance between the power of the Church and the interests of the Court. António José da Silva, nicknamed "the Jew", a famous playwright admired both by the people and the aristocracy, is charged by the Inquisition with the crime of heresy and sentenced to die at the stake. His execution is organized as a demonstration of the triumphant power of the Church against any other force. Written by Marfilmes

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8 January 1999 (Portugal)  »

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1.66 : 1
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Filming stared in 1989 but it was only finished in 1996 when producer António da Cunha Telles decides to conclude after many financial problems and the deaths of two of its protagonists Dina Sfat who died in 1989 and Filipe Pinheiro who died in 1993. This marks as their last film roles. See more »


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16 January 2000 | by (Oakland, Calif., USA) – See all my reviews

The two external reviews posted on the IMDB site are rather negative, but I enjoyed this movie. A distinguished young Brazilian playwright and his relatives are summoned before the Inquisition in Lisbon and accused of relapsing into Judaism. I have no idea how historically accurate "O Judeu" is, but it's worth seeing for several reasons. The conscientiousness of the trial inquisitor who won't condemn the accused without the proper legal formalities or for improper reasons of state is nicely juxtaposed against the corruption of the bureaucratic chief inquisitor. The sets (particularly the magisterial interiors of various Portuguese palaces) and the costumes are lovely. And it's delightful to hear the differences between spoken continental and Brazilian Portuguese. The latter is music to the ears by dint of its mellifluousness and sensuality, but the former has its own pleasant attributes and elegant lilt. See if you can tell which actors are Brazilian and which are Portuguese.

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