I have been a fan of Amalia Rodrigues for about ten years, completely taken by her voice, her presence and the poetry of fado. This documentary does showcase her beautiful voice--and her fabulously dramatic looks--while giving a chronology of her many accomplishments over more than fifty years.
But I have to confess that I was a little disappointed in this film as well. While it does give us a few insights into her life, in particular the deep depression that she fell into in the mid-70's, it leaves out most of her personal life and all of the political controversies that surrounded her. While I can understand her reluctance to put all of her life on display, I wish the film makers had coaxed her into revealing even a little more.
Even so, the movie is a great introduction to her fiercely beautiful singing. Having seen her sing I now realize how much I have missed by merely listening to her in the past. By all means go see for yourself.
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