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The Beach of Nazaré (1956)

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This Screenliner short looks at the dress and customs of Nazaré, a fishing village on Portugal's Atlantic coast.

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Nazaré is a tiny fishing village on the west coast of Portugal. People there wear colorful plaids and tartans, reflecting the Scottish invasion of the area during the Napoleonic Wars. Natives are thought to be descendants of the ancient Phoenicians, as witnessed by the design of local fishing boats. Many of the fishing techniques are the same as generations past, such as carrying gear under black hats instead of in pockets which do not exist and hauling the boats out of the water using oxen instead of building piers, but some modernization is infiltrating the process. Fishing can be a dangerous activity at the mercy of the sea. The cabanas of the seaside resorts are in marked contrast to the fishing activity. Group dancing on the beach provides a respite to the daily grind of the fishing work. Written by Huggo

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This is one of several short subjects, already in the can, and slated for release by RKO Radio Pictures as part of their Screenliners 1956-1957 season, but which received no theatrical distribution at the time, as a result of the demise of RKO. In 1994, they became part of the TCM library and, for the past 20+ years, finally saw the light of day through occasional airings on cable television. See more »

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10 August 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Beach of Nazare, The (1954)

** (out of 4)

Part of RKO-Pathe's Screenliner series, this short takes us to Bazare on the Atlantic coast of Portugal. Once there we get to see the fishing village and how people there make money. We also hear other stories about the small place including one hunter's story about being saved by a Heavenly vision. This is the third of fourth film I've seen from this series which tries to copy the style of MGM's TravelTalks series. I'm really not sure what RKO-Pathe were trying here because the MGM series was in color so why this one, in B&W, tried to match wits with them is beyond me. With that said, the film has another negative thing going for it and that's the narration, which is just too dry to make the film all that entertaining. The movie has some nice images but it still comes off as a second rate filler.


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