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History and Aesthetics of Portuguese Cinema

Code 16636
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 At the end of the Curricular Unit, the student must:
a) acquire basic knowledge about the historical and aesthetic evolution of cinema in Portugal, namely the main movements, authors, aesthetics and technologies;
b) articulate, in a well-founded and critical way, cinematographic production with contextual and structural elements of the political, economic, social and cultural history in Portugal.
Syllabus The first decades
1) The first years of cinema in Portugal: the first sessions and the importance of Aurélio da Paz dos Reis
2) The 1920s and the influence of European avant-gardes: Rino Lupo, Roger Lion, Georges Pallu and Maurice Mariaud

1) Leitão de Barros: the transition from silent to sound cinema
2) António Lopes Ribeiro: the official filmmaker of Salazarism
3) António Ferro and the debate surrounding Portuguese comedy

40s and 50s
1) Bárbara Virgínia's pioneering spirit and the paths opened for other female filmmakers
2) The institutionalization of the film society
3) Portuguese neo-realism in the figure of Manuel Guimarães

1) The search for a New Portuguese Cinema
2) Forgotten filmmakers: António Campos, António Macedo and Ernesto de Sousa

The 70's:
1) The urgency of filming in democracy
Main Bibliography BAPTISTA, Tiago (2008). A invenção do cinema português. Lisboa: Tinta da China.
COSTA, João Bénard da (1991). Histórias do cinema. Lisboa: Europália / INCM.
CUNHA, Paulo e SALLES, Michelle (Orgs.), (2013). Cinema português: Um guia essencial. São Paulo: SESI-SP Editora.
FERREIRA, Carolin Overhoff (Org.), (2007). O cinema português através dos seus filmes. Porto: Campo das Letras.
GRILO, João Mário (2006). O cinema da não-ilusão: histórias para o cinema português. Lisboa: Livros Horizonte.
MENDES, João Maria (Org.) (2010). Novas & velhas tendências no cinema português contemporâneo. Lisboa: Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema. URL:
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Dynamic content display
Viewing and analysis of cinematographic works
Film analysis
Work guidance
Participation and promotion of debates
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2023-10-02

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