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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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Drama

Certificate:

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

First film written and directed by Suzana Amaral. Despite the critical acclaim with this film, it would take another 16 years until Amaral make another film. 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 Xuxa in Crystal Moon (1990) See more »

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The Blue Danube
Written by Johann Strauss.
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Sad Romance, isn't?
8 January 2003 | by velameSee all my reviews

If you are in a bad mood or unquiet, don't try this one. There are several moments that you will think Macabea lives in a hell, and that she is too stupid to get out. But the movie is made to be analysed, and if you keep watching, you will fell it. Her relationship with Olimpico, and the antagonism of personalities, the perspective of Macabea about her life, opportunities and the future. Everything has a reason to be shown, every single word has a meaning. The movie was based on Clarice Lispector's best-seller "A Hora da Estrela" (The Star Time).


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