Best Portuguese Silent Films - Instituto Camões

by mathildeswaitingroom | created - 21 Aug 2011 | updated - 22 Aug 2011 | Public

This is a list composed by silent films, commissioned by Instituto Camões. Instituto Camões (English: Camões Institute) is an institution created in 1992 for the promotion of the Portuguese language and culture world-wide. Instituto Camões has administrative and patrimonial autonomy, that, under the supervision of the Portuguese Minister of the Foreign Affairs, assures the co-ordination and execution of the external cultural policies of Portugal. The list was organized by José de Matos-Cruz, a Portuguese writer, journalist, editor, high-school teacher, investigator, encyclopedist. Since 1980 he works at the Cinemateca Portuguesa (Portuguese Film Archive), in Lisbon. He is a prominent historian of the Portuguese cinema.

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2. Os Crimes de Diogo Alves (1909)

16 min | Short

Diogo Alves is a Spanish fugitive that comes to the Portuguese capital terrorizing the inhabitants by his cut-throat methods against rich and poor people alike. He attacks the women ... See full summary »

Directors: João Freire Correia, Lino Ferreira | Stars: Carlos Leal, Maria da Luz Veloso, Nascimento Fernandes, Lino Ferreira

Votes: 30

7. Frei Bonifácio (1918)


To shorten the way, Bonifácio Mendes a small-minded muleteer decides to cross the Mafra cover.

Director: George Pallu | Stars: Maria das Neves, Duarte Silva, António Vale

9. Mal de Espanha (1918)

19 min | Comedy, Short

A Portuguese bourgeois dares to look at a Spanish lady's delicate ankles at the beach, but his wife will have nothing of it. He forbids his daughter to see a Spanish boyfriend, but she'll ... See full summary »

Director: José Leitão de Barros | Stars: Joaquim Costa, Sofía Santos, Beatriz Viana, Laura Costa

11. O Comissário de Polícia (1919)


Dominated by his wife, counselor Faustino Soares revenges himself on passions with maids.

Director: George Pallu | Stars: María Campos, Maria de Oliveira, Rafael Marques, Duarte Silva

15. A Rosa do Adro (1919)

80 min | Drama, Romance

The ill-forbidden loves between Rosa, a beautiful minhota, and Fernando, a voluble young man who, in Porto, studied medicine, spending holidays in the village.

Director: George Pallu | Stars: Maria de Oliveira, Carlos Santos, Erico Braga, Etelvina Serra

Votes: 7

16. Barbanegra (1920)


Between the elegant areas of Cascais and Lisbon, Barbanegra a dangerous delinquent acts under the identity of the insinuating Marquis de Serpa.

Director: George Pallu | Stars: María Campos, José Cardoso, Maria de Oliveira, Manuel Dos Santos Oliveira

17. Os Fidalgos da Casa Mourisca (1921)


The amorous sacrifices of the daughter of Tomé da Póvoa, Berta, with the gentleman Jorge and, in parallel, the warm connection of the other son of Dom Luis, Maurício, with dedicated cousin Gabriela.

Director: George Pallu | Stars: Erico Braga, Aurora Celeste, Salvador Costa, Adelina Fernandes

18. Amor de Perdição (1921)

184 min | Drama, Family, Romance

Simão loves Teresa whose father wants her to marry cousin Baltazar instead. The two lovers meet secretly; Baltazar pays a thug to kill his rival, and Simão is badly wounded. Teresa is ... See full summary »

Director: George Pallu | Stars: Pato Moniz, António Pinheiro, Brunilde Júdice, Irene Grave

Votes: 7

19. Mulheres da Beira (1923)

74 min | Drama, Romance

Ana doesn't care for the pure love André devotes her, and turns her heart towards a noble man that is just lightly interested in her. Ana will experience the agony of being abandoned, and must contemplate the reclusion of a nun's life.

Directors: Rino Lupo, George Pallu | Stars: Brunilde Júdice, António Pinheiro, Mário Santos, Rafael Marques

Votes: 16

20. O Destino (1922)


Traveling by car to Sintra, a mysterious lady, arriving in Lisbon by ship, is the victim of an accident.

Director: George Pallu | Stars: Palmira Bastos, Maria Emília Castelo Branco, Maria Clementina, Henrique de Albuquerque

21. Os Faroleiros (1922)

72 min | Drama

In a community of fishermen, a love triangle stands out, whose conflict culminates in a lighthouse isolated from the coast.

Director: Maurice Mariaud | Stars: Maurice Mariaud, A. Castro Neves, Castro Neves, Abegaida De Almeida

Votes: 32

22. O Primo Basílio (1923)


Luísa, three years ago, Jorge's wife, who is about to leave on a mission to the Alentejo, is aware of the arrival of his cousin Basilio, after a long stay in Brazil, where he seems to have made a fortune.

Director: George Pallu | Stars: Amélia Rey Colaço, Raul de Carvalho, António Duarte, Arthur Duarte

23. Cláudia (1923)

74 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Modern version of the Cinderella story.

Director: George Pallu | Stars: Francine Mussey, Erico Braga, Emilia D'Oliveira, Júlio Cunha

24. O Fado (1924)

21 min | Drama, Short, Musical

Life and loves of Severa, a popular Fado-singer.

Director: Maurice Mariaud | Stars: Eduardo Brazão, Sarah Cunha, Emilia D'Oliveira, Raul de Carvalho

Votes: 5

25. Os Lobos (1923)

80 min | Drama

After serving a sentence for crime of passion, a seafarer arrives at Serra da Cabreira , becoming an element of fascination and disaggregation of the archaic village.

Director: Rino Lupo | Stars: Joaquim Almada, Francisco Amores, Joaquim Avelar, Palmira Avelar

Votes: 35

26. Os Olhos da Alma (1923)

67 min | Drama

In a small fishermen's village love affairs are in turmoil, amidst political meetings and revolutionary activities. Nature adds drama to the human passions with its wind- and sea-storms.

Director: Roger Lion | Stars: Gil Clary, Max Maxudian, Emilia D'Oliveira, Eduardo Brazão

27. As Pupilas do Senhor Reitor (1924)

127 min | Drama

The distinctive loves of Margarida and Clara, the distinct morals of Pedro and Daniel, the goodness of João Semana.

Director: Maurice Mariaud | Stars: Maria de Oliveira, Maria Helena, Arthur Duarte, Vasco de Gondomar

29. O Fauno das Montanhas (1926)

40 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

The naturalist Mr. Garton is staying in a hotel in Funchal, spending part of the winter with his daughter.

Director: Manuel Luís Vieira | Stars: Arnaldo Coimbra, Ermelinda Vieira, George A. Gordon, Maria da Nazaré Nunes da Silva Gouveia

Votes: 16

30. O Táxi 9297 (1927)

80 min | Crime, Thriller

The story of this film is based on actual facts, the murder of actress Maria Alves, and the investigation that ensued, covered by Reinaldo Ferreira himself. Ferreira also wrote a novel based on the same facts.

Director: Reinaldo Ferreira | Stars: Maria Emília Castelo Branco, Alves da Costa, Alexandre Amores, Fernanda Alves da Costa

Votes: 19

31. Fátima Milagrosa (1928)

159 min | Drama, Family

Aninhas (Aida Lupo), a paralyzed girl, asks for a miracle from the saint of her devotion, Our Lady of Lourdes, at the chapel of Penha (Guimarães), but her prayer is not heard - She turns ... See full summary »

Director: Rino Lupo | Stars: Rafael Alves, Carlos Azevedo, Beatriz Costa, Maria Judice da Costa

33. A Castelã das Berlengas (1930)

87 min | Action, Drama, Romance

A mechanical problem forces a Portuguese Navy Pilot to land on the Atlantic Ocean off the islets of Berlengas. Julião, an experienced sea-wolf, and his crew of fishermen, Pedro, Lacrau and ... See full summary »

Director: António Leitão | Stars: Antonio Fagim, Ida Kruger, Tomás de Sousa, Eugénio Santos

34. Lisboa (1930)

88 min | Comedy

Caleidoscope of documentary-like scenes and re-enacted episodes of a day in the life of a large port town - Lisbon, from the old district around Saint George's Castle down to the docks and ... See full summary »

Director: José Leitão de Barros | Stars: Adelina Abranches, Chaby Pinheiro, Alves da Cunha, Estevão Amarante

Votes: 39

35. Maria do Mar (1930)

94 min | Drama, Romance

Falacha is the captain of a fishing boat of Nazaré who lost part of his men in a shipwreck. Among them was the husband of Aunt Aurélia, who holds Falacha responsible for this tragedy. A few... See full summary »

Director: José Leitão de Barros | Stars: Rosa María, Oliveira Martins, Adelina Abranches, Alves da Cunha

Votes: 57

36. Douro, Faina Fluvial (1931)

20 min | Documentary, Short

A documentary that looks at the people working in the river Douro, around the city of Porto.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira

Votes: 554

37. Campinos do Ribatejo (1932)

The picturesque and adventurous life of the people of the hermitage, illustrating the novel between the majoral of a homestead and the boss's daughter.

Director: António Luis Lopes | Stars: Antonio De Seves, Gil Ferreira, Maria Helena, Maria Lalande

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