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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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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: Look, I'll buy you a cup of coffee.
Macabea: With milk?
Olimpico: What?
Macabea: With milk.
Olimpico: OK. But if it costs more you pay the difference.
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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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Emotionally touching film about the poverty of the soul as much if not more so than economic poverty.
11 May 2002 | by CelesteKDSee all my reviews

This film was an excellent metaphor for the depravation so many northern Brazillians experience when they imigrate to the coast in search of work, love, opportunity, and excitement.

Macabea, the protagonist of the film, is an immigrant orphan from northern Brazil who comes to the city in search of economic prosperity. She lacks the education to find a descent job, the social skills to have friends or a boyfriend, and the etiquette in order to fit in in normal life.

She is portrayed as ugly, filthy, and disgusting. She lacks an understanding of proper hygiene, as shown several times throughout the movie when she does not wash her hands and, as a result, covers the papers she types in dirt and in a scene where she eats while urinating on a pot in the middle of the night.

She is a symbol of the depravation of so many northern and northeastern immigrants in Brazil.

The film is full of cleverly constructed imagery and symbolism. Depressing and sad, but genius.


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