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Os Herdeiros (1970)

An allegory about Brazil's history and the struggle for power since the 1930 Revolution until the advent of the TV.


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Credited cast:
Sérgio Cardoso ... Ramos
Odete Lara Odete Lara ... Eugênia
Mário Lago ... Almeida
Paulo Porto Paulo Porto ... Medeiros
Isabel Ribeiro ... Rachel
André Gouveia André Gouveia ... Joaquim
Grande Otelo Grande Otelo ... Américo
Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Danton
Daniel Filho ... Americano
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wilza Carla Wilza Carla ... Americana
Hugo Carvana Hugo Carvana ... Maia
Renato Coutinho Renato Coutinho ... Prado
Dalva de Oliveira Dalva de Oliveira ... Cantora
Silas de Oliveira Silas de Oliveira
Rogério Duarte Rogério Duarte


An allegory about Brazil's history and the struggle for power since the 1930 Revolution until the advent of the TV.

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15 September 1970 (USA) See more »

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The Heirs See more »

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Hermetic, Confused, Dated and Boring Glances of the Brazilian Political Events in the Last Century
6 May 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

From 1930 to 1969, "Os Herdeiros" follows the lives of the fictional characters (Jorge Ramos (Sérgio Cardoso), Dr Almeida (Mário Lagos) etc.), all of them visibly inspired in names of the Brazilian politic history, such as Roberto Marinho, Carlos Lacerda and others, showing glances of the Brazilian political events in the last century.

The story begins in 1930, with the "Revolução de 1930" ("Revolta Tenentista") and the end of the coffee oligarchy and the government of president Washington Luis. Getulio Vargas assumes the Provisional Government of Brazil. There are ellipses, showing relevant facts in the national politic: (a) 1940, with Getulio Vargas still in the presidency. (b) 1945, with the fall of Getúlio Vargas. (c) 1949, with President General Eurico Gaspar Dutra. (d) 1954, with the suicide of Getúlio Vargas. (e) 1960, with the construction of the capital Brasília.

This movie associates also the songs with the events. Unfortunately, the story is very hermetic, confused, dated and boring, with many references of the Brazilian movement "Cinema Novo" ("New Cinema"). This film is important to students of cinema, but I did not like it. My vote is four.

Title (Brazil): "Os Herdeiros" ("The Inheritors")

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