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Hour of the Star (1985)

A Hora da Estrela (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | March 1987 (USA)
Macabea has just moved to the big city after her aunt, who raised her, died. She gets a job as a typist and moves into a boarding house with three other women. In her spare time she listens... See full summary »

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Suzana Amaral
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marcelia Cartaxo ... Macabéa
José Dumont José Dumont ... Olímpico de Jesus
Tamara Taxman ... Glória
Fernanda Montenegro ... Madame Carlota (the macumbeira)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Manoel Luiz Aranha Manoel Luiz Aranha ... Photographer
Marli Botoletto Marli Botoletto ... Macumba assistant
Denoy de Oliveira Denoy de Oliveira ... Pereira
Maria Do Carmo Soares Maria Do Carmo Soares ... Maria do Carmo
Walter Filho Walter Filho ... Man in Mercedes
Sonia Guedes Sonia Guedes ... Mrs. Joana
Umberto Magnani Umberto Magnani ... Seu Raimundo
Miro Martinez Miro Martinez ... Blind man
Euricio Martins Euricio Martins ... Metro Guard
Raymundo Matos Raymundo Matos ... Arnaldo
Dirce Militello Dirce Militello ... Gloria's mother
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Storyline

Macabea has just moved to the big city after her aunt, who raised her, died. She gets a job as a typist and moves into a boarding house with three other women. In her spare time she listens to time Radio Station; on Sundays she likes to ride the subways. She describes herself saying, "I am a typist and a virgin, and I like Coca-Cola." Then she meets Olimpico, a north-easterner like herself, who has dreams of becoming a Congressman. Written by Benjamin Elijah Griffin <bgriffin@ic.sunysb.edu>

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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

March 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hour of the Star See more »

Filming Locations:

São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Brazil's submission to the 1987's Oscar as Best Foreign Film. As of 2013, it's Brazil's only submitted film directed by a female director. See more »

Quotes

Olimpico: [watching Macabea putting a lot of sugar in her coffee] Jesus. That's going to make you sick.
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Referenced in Lua de Cristal (1990) See more »

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The Blue Danube
Written by Johann Strauss.
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Hour of the Star, a sad and depressing look at life in Brazil.
2 July 2004 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

Hour of the Star (1985) is a straight forward look at life in poverty stricken Brazil. Away from the glitz and glamor of the popular traveler's paradise and away from the tourist traps. Life is hard and the outlook is very bleak for the poor working class of Brazil. But one young woman is determined to live life to the fullest. She dreams of a future that only exists in her mind. No matter what situations life dishes out, she remains oblivious to reality and remains in a fantasy world searching for a man who'll take her away from her life of poverty.

Brilliant film. I watched this one in college and I was amazed by the film-making and the strong storyline. I couldn't believe that people lived in such squalor (they make the ghettos look nice). People living on slave labor wages and doing everything they can to survive. I highly recommended this picture (if you can locate a copy).

Awesome film.

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