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A Severa (1931)

The (too brief) life, the (ardent) loves and the (too early) death of Maria Severa Onofirana (1820-1846), better known as "A Severa", a beautiful gypsy who, besides being a prostitute, sang... See full summary »


José Leitão de Barros (as Leitão de Barros)


Júlio Dantas (based on a play by), Júlio Dantas (dialogue) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Dina Teresa Dina Teresa ... Maria Severa Orofriana dita A Severa
António Luis Lopes António Luis Lopes ... Don João, Count of Marialva
Antonio Lavradio Antonio Lavradio ... Don José
Ribeiro Lopes Ribeiro Lopes ... Custódia
Silvestre Alegrim Silvestre Alegrim ... Timpanas, Coach Driver
Costinha Costinha ... Marquis of Seide (as Augusto Costa)
Antonio Fagim Antonio Fagim ... Romão, Landlord
Patrício Álvares Patrício Álvares ... Diogo
Eduardo Dores Eduardo Dores ... Gypsy
Oliveira Martins Oliveira Martins ... The Duke
Tomás de Sousa Tomás de Sousa ... (as Tomaz de Sousa)
Maria Sampaio Maria Sampaio ... Marquess of Seide
Maria Isabel Maria Isabel ... Chica
Regina Montenegro Regina Montenegro ... French Dressmaker
Luísa Durão Luísa Durão ... Bit part


The (too brief) life, the (ardent) loves and the (too early) death of Maria Severa Onofirana (1820-1846), better known as "A Severa", a beautiful gypsy who, besides being a prostitute, sang in the taverns of the Mouraria area in Lisbon, and is said to have created the "Fado" style. Written by Guy Bellinger

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O mais portugues dos filmes portugueses.









Release Date:

17 July 1931 (Portugal) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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The film premiered in the São Luiz Theater and it was so successful that it ran for six months and attracted 200,000 spectators. See more »

Alternate Versions

A silent version was released in 1932. See more »


Featured in Olhar o Cinema Português: 1896-2006 (2007) See more »

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The beginning of Fado and the Golden Age of Portuguese Cinema
7 September 2018 | by Andrew_BettencourtSee all my reviews

The first all-talking Portuguese film with sound and musical performances. Although sometimes forgotten in time, the film serves as an introduction to what would be known as the Golden Age of Portuguese Cinema. It is a less complex drama - compared to Canção de Lisboa and many other well known classics that would follow - and it´s based on the novel from Júlio Dantas, about the life of a gypsy girl, who is believed to be the first Fado singer and a seminal figure to the musical genre. It shows the most significant aspects of portuguese culture of late 1880s, the social life of portuguese high society, the country side of beautiful Lezirias from Ribatejo, with the Portuguese bull and Lusitanian horse, but most importantly, it tells how the popular music called Fado was born, setting a very specific tone in portuguese cinema about fate, melancholia and a sad longing we call "saudade" that would be explored for decades in film and music.

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