Portuguese Cinema - 1st semester


Portuguese cinema has been recognised, both nationally and internationally, as one of the most original and consistent arts. However, it hasn’t been followed by university teaching and research. We’ll try to help recover from that hindrance.
We want our students to:
1. Know the history of Portuguese cinema, from the origins up to our time;
2. Understand and articulate the history and sociography of Portuguese cinema with the films that are made at different moments;
3. Analyse the aesthetics of the various schools and authors;
4. Be able to develop a personal and autonomous research on a subject, an author or a work, with a critical and fundamented perspective, presented, orally and written, in a clear and well argued form.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Paulo Filipe Monteiro


Weekly - 3 letivas + 1 tutorial

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





GRILO, João Mário (2006) – O Cinema da Não-Ilusão: histórias para o cinema português, Lisboa, Horizonte;
RAMOS, Jorge Leitão (2005) - Dicionário do Cinema Português (1989-2003), Lisboa, Caminho;
MONTEIRO, Paulo Filipe (2004) – “O fardo de uma nação / The burden of a nation”, in Nuno Figueiredo e Dinis Guarda (orgs.), Portugal: um retrato cinematográfico/ Portugal: a cinematographic portrait, Lisboa, Número – Arte e Cultura
MONTEIRO, Paulo Filipe (2000) – “Uma margem no centro: a arte e o poder do ‘novo cinema’”, in Luís Reis Torgal (coord.), O Cinema sob o Olhar de Salazar..., Lisboa, Círculo de Leitores (republicado em 2001 na editora Temas e Debates);
TORGAL, Luís Reis (coord.) (2000 )- O Cinema sob o Olhar de Salazar..., Lisboa, Círculo de Leitores;
COSTA, João Bénard da (1991) - Histórias do Cinema, Lisboa, Imprensa Nacional/Casa da Moeda - Europália 91;
RAMOS, Jorge Leitão (1989 )- Dicionário do Cinema Português: 1962-1988, Lisboa, Caminho.

Teaching method

At graduate level the professor’s presentations must be accompanied by reading of supporting texts, in order to have a good critical discussion. Students also must present their research, including preparation of audiovisual materials, introducing diverse cases and different perspectives on themes, authors and films of Portuguese cinema.

Evaluation method

Taking part in the discussions on the supporting texts and making a research project, in three steps: presentation of a written project; oral presentation in the classroom, followed by discussion; final written paper.
Reading and general theoretical research: 60h, 20%
Oral presentation of original research: 42h, 30%
Written paper (15 pp.): 110h, 50%

Subject matter

Portuguese cinema will be studied in three perspectives:
1. The conditions and modes in which it was produced;
2. The projects that have been presented in interviews, manifestos, controversies, programs;
3. The films, their subjects and their aesthetics.
We start our study from the very beginning, thinking the relationships between Portuguese cinema and Estado Novo (Portuguese fascism) and with modernism, which was also a landmark.
However, a special attention will be paid to the 60s, 70s and 80s, when there was a definition of the so called “Portuguese school”. But we’ll see that was a time of recurrences and influences but also of disputes.
Then we’ll see how far the situation has changed in the last years.


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