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The Beach of Nazaré (1956)

| Documentary, Short
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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Fairly Good, but Still Forgettable Old Travelogue
20 June 2008 | by (Jacksonville, FL) – See all my reviews

I saw this on TCM, and it's very similar to the "Traveltalks" travelogues made and narrated by James A. FitzPatrick for MGM, which are regularly shown on TCM. The main differences are having a different narrator and this short is in B&W instead of color.

This short is about the tiny fishing village of Nazaré on the west coast of Portugal, which was settled by Scottish immigrants during the Napoleonic Wars. Despite a nearby resort beach, the inhabitants have maintained their traditions and have lived in much the same manner for the last 10 generations. They go barefoot and wear plaid traditional dress, the men work on fishing boats, they use oxen to move the boats into and out of the sea instead of building piers, most of the people help with the fishing industry, and most of the people stay in the village their whole lives and live "the only way they know".

By today's standards these old travelogues are pretty forgettable. But they were quite popular back in the days before TV (or during the early TV years) and the internet because most people never saw a glimpse of life outside their own small world except in the travelogue shorts shown at the local theater.


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