Best Portuguese Silent Films - Instituto Camõesby 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 »
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 »
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.
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.
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 »
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »