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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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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)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wilson ...


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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Release Date:

7 August 2007 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

A Terra: Torre Bela  »

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CHF 850,000 (estimated)

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| (DVD) | (director's cut) | (restored)

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(one scene)|

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1.33 : 1
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Grandola Vila Morena
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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An unintentional indictment of expropriation
18 January 2011 | by (Lisboa, Portugal) – See all my reviews

This precious documentary gives its viewers a rare insight into the communist/socialist mindset and what it really means in practice. The documentary was filmed with the clear intention of praising the Portuguese revolutionary process that took place from the April 25, 1974, revolution, which overturned the old, authoritarian Estado Novo regime installed in 1926, until the democratic coup of November 25, 1975. The directors' intentions totally backfire, however, since what the documentary makes really clear is how a small bunch of revolutionaries can manipulate a mob of peasants into performing acts it formerly considered unthinkable: namely, robbing and invading the property of others. Hence, this attempt at a pamphlet is actually a superb indictment of the communist/socialist opposition to private property. A must.

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