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Cristóvão Colombo - O Enigma (2007)

A true story of a doctor and his wife who went on a journey in order to prove that discoverer Christopher Columbus was in fact Portuguese.

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Sílvia (2007)
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O Anjo
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Mãe
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José Pinto ...
Sr. José Sabino da Silva
John Wolf ...
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Beth Common ...
Enfermeira Hospital
João Marques ...
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Nuno Sota ...
Padre Igreja Alentejana
António Reis ...
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From the 1940's to today, Manuel Luciano has tried to discover the true identity of Christopher Columbus. In his multiple trips between Portugal and the United States, always joined by his ever-loving wife, he has witnessed the changes in time and places and is now very close to unveiling the mysteries of the world famous explorer. He just needs to make a final trip to Christopher Columbus' birth house Written by Anonymous

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Life is the journey, life is the enigma.

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10 January 2008 (Portugal)  »

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A documentary about the truth on Cristóvão Colombo
15 December 2008 | by (Porto, Portugal) – See all my reviews

This film, as many on Manoel de Oliveira filmography, was made on a small budget, and it shows.

Nevertheless tells a story based on a investigation that proves Colombo was Portuguese. Under a secret mission (working for Portuguese crown) trying to create a diversion for Spanish.

Whilst Portuguese were making huge profits from the India maritime route (through South Africa), and knowing South America richness (gold, wood, and many other valuable goods), Spanish were sent on a (supposedly) wrong direction.

Bad luck (or not?!?) they found new land. Carabean islands including Cuba. This is what makes it all interesting: this island was named be Colombo wish; why? Because there's a small village in Portuguese Alentejo, named...you guessed: Cuba! And there are also investigations showing this theory has every aspect to be right. Of course, Portuguese XVth century intelligence tried to delete all traces to Colombo genealogy.

And there is no interest (Spanish and Italian) to investigate this theory deeply. That's why Colombo is still and hero claimed by many (Spain, Italy and USA) although the truth is probably a completely different story...


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