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Torre Bela (1975)

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The rise and fall of a revolutionary cooperative movement established in a large private farm in Ribatejo, Portugal, from March to December 1975 (most part of the land occupations occurred ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Thomas Harlan ...
Himself (voice)
Maria Vitória ...
Herself - Paesant
José Neves Paiva ...
Himself - Peasant
Herculano Valada Martins ...
Himself - Local Worker (as Martins)
Camilo Mortágua ...
Himself - LUAR leader (as Camilo)
Cruz ...
Himself - Sub-officer Trainee
Luís Banasol ...
Himself - Army Captain
José Afonso ...
Himself - Singer
Francisco Fanhais ...
Himself - Singer
Vitorino Salomé ...
Himself - Singer
Manuel Joaquim Rosário Rosa ...
Himself - Army Major
José Ramalho ...
Himself - Paesant (as Ramalho)
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The rise and fall of a revolutionary cooperative movement established in a large private farm in Ribatejo, Portugal, from March to December 1975 (most part of the land occupations occurred in Alentejo, promoted by the communist party). In direct speech, sometimes to the camera, sometimes among themselves, the uneducated rural workers expose their misery, their suffering, their hopes, and ultimately their despair - when a socialist government orders the restitution of the land to their primitive owners, and these transform the land into a hunting reserve. Written by Carlos

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7 August 2007 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

A Terra: Torre Bela  »

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CHF 850,000 (estimated)
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Grandola Vila Morena
(uncredited)
Written by José Afonso
Performed live by José Afonso, Francisco Fanhais and Vitorino Salomé
Played with the people of Torre Bela during a people's meeting.
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Great political documentary.
14 December 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

One of the best political documentaries ever made. The process by which a revolutionary movement develops on a local scale, its relation to a radicalizing military, and its difficulties and peculiar development in specific cultural conditions have never been more honestly portrayed. Wathcing the soldiers tell the local peasants to do something force the soldiers to act on their behalf -- "Act now. The law will come later." --is astounding. I saw the movie when it originally came out, in a showing in Berkeley, CA with the director. I showed in once in a political film festival I organized. It is very hard to find. See it if at all possible. I've never seen a better account of a revolution in process.


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