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History and Aesthetics of Portuguese Cinema

Code 13106
Year 3
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Cinema
Entry requirements Not applicable.
Mode of delivery Presential.
Work placements Not suitable.
Learning outcomes This Curricular Unit intends to introduce the study of Portuguese cinema, by articulating various historical moments with aesthetic proposals and a prospective vision for possible futures. This C.U. is based on research, analysis, criticism and reflection.
In the end, the student must have acquired systematic knowledge about Portuguese cinema and be able to exercise a critical, well-founded judgment on the work of its directors, filmmakers and other stakeholders in the sector. They should also be able to comment and discuss with confidence the history of Portuguese cinema, in matters such as its aesthetics, its periods, its artistic nature, as well as its social and political circumstances.
Syllabus Introduction:
1) What is Portuguese/national cinema?
2) The history of Portuguese cinema history
The early decades:
1) The first years of cinema in Portugal: the first sessions, the content of the first films and the conditions for the development of the first Portuguese cinema;
2) The 1920s, Invicta Film and the influence of European vanguards
30's and 40's:
1) The experimentalism of Brum do Canto, Oliveira and Leitão de Barros;
2) António Lopes Ribeiro: the official filmmaker of Salazar’s regime;
3) António Ferro and the debate on Portuguese comedy.
50's and 60's:
1) cineclubismo;
2) Neorealism;
3) Portuguese New Cinema.
70s and 80s:
1) Filming the democracy: the importance of documentary;
2) The eternal dichotomy: auteur vs commercial;
3) The quest for acclaim abroad and the introduction of television;
4) Development of the legal framework.
The 90s and the 21st century:
1) Stability and diversification;
2) Cinema and the audiovisual;
3) New challenges and a new generation.
Main Bibliography AREAL, Leonor. (2011). Cinema Português: Um País Imaginado (Vols 1 e 2). Edições 70.
BAPTISTA, Tiago (2010). Cinema em Portugal: Os Primeiros Anos. INCM.
CUNHA, Paulo e SALLES, Michelle (Orgs.), (2013). Cinema português: Um guia essencial. SESI-SP editora.
FERREIRA, Carolin Overhoff (Org.) (2014). O Cinema Português Através Dos Seus Filmes. Edições 70.
GRAÇA, André Rui. (2021). Portuguese Cinema (1960-2010): Consumption, Circulation and Commerce. Boydell and Brewer.
MENDES, João Maria (Org.) (2010). Novas & velhas tendências no cinema português contemporâneo. Gradiva.
RIBAS, Daniel. (2019). Uma dramaturgia da violência: os filmes de João Canijo. Imprensa de História Contemporânea
RIBAS, Daniel e CUNHA, Paulo. (2017). Quebrando Tabus: Para uma Análise dos Modos de Produção no Cinema Português.
TORGAL, Luís Reis (Org.) (2001). O Cinema Sob o Olhar de Salazar. Círculo de Leitores.
VIEIRA, Patrícia. (2011). Cinema no Estado Novo: Encenação do Regime. Colibri
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria This course has a teaching methodology based on the presentation and discussion in class of issues related to the history and aesthetics of Portuguese cinema. The viewing of films (short and long) and the exhibition of historical documents will support a critical analysis.
This curricular unit provides two forms of assessment: continuous or by exam.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-01-31

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