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Capas Negras (1947)

In Coimbra, law student José Duarte and Maria de Lisboa lived a romance which ends when he goes away, achieving fame and fortune by singing. But she's pregnant and they will meet again when she's arrested by allegedly abandoning their son.




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Credited cast:
Amália Rodrigues ...
Maria de Lisboa
Alberto Ribeiro ...
José Duarte (as Ribeiro)
Artur Agostinho ...
Vasco Morgado ...
Barroso Lopes ...
Humberto Madeira ...
António Sacramento ...
Graziela Mendes
Joaquim Miranda
Fernando Silva ...
Cunha, the pawnbroker
Manuela Bonito
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alfonso Branco
João Calazans
Cremilda de Sousa ...
Maria Emília Vilas


This is the love story between José Duarte, a law student at the University of Coimbra (the oldest and most traditional university in Portugal and one of the oldest universities in Europe), and a modest and simple girl named Maria de Lisboa, who truly loves him. But she's afraid that all happiness will end when the school year's over and students leave the city for their homes and hometowns. The couple will live difficult times, quarrels and intrigues, and when José ultimately leaves her and becomes a famous singer by singing traditional songs of the student environment. But while José achieves fame and fortune, Maria is pregnant with his son, and she's fearful of the shame of being a single mother. When the baby is born, she seeks him for help but she doesn't find him. In desperation, she tries to leave the baby in his doorstep but she's seen, denounced and arrested. Will José help Maria escape from prison and public shame? Written by Filipe Manuel Neto (Portugal)

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Drama | Musical | Romance





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11 May 1947 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Black Cloaks  »

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1.37 : 1
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Once Coimbra, always Saudade.
11 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

This film runs around the love story between José Duarte (Alberto Ribeiro), a law student from University of Coimbra, and Maria de Lisboa (Amalia Rodrigues), a poor but honest and passionate girl. Directed by Armando Miranda, this film has screenplay by Alberto Barbosa, José Luis Gallardo and Gallardo.

Coimbra is the city where Portugal has its oldest university (one of the oldest in world) and, therefore, is full of traditions linked to the students. This film seeks to portray some of them, like the great feast that students take at the end of the school year (called "Queima das Fitas"), or the traditional black clothes that, then as now, are one of the major symbols of college students. Also appears in this film the "Songs of Coimbra", a musical genre that was developed by students and is similar to fado to the point of also being called "Fado de Coimbra". Therefore, and although the plot are interesting, this film is especially cherished by students or former students who lived the Portuguese academic traditions, or for those who appreciate the Songs of Coimbra.

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