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Setúbal Antiga


2 november . 4 pm

Fórum Municipal Luísa Todi


Portugal, 1930–1956, 62 min., M/12

música e musicado do vivo



Cinemateca Portuguesa – Museu do Cinema, through the project FILMar — Digitization of film heritage, funded by the EEA Grants 2020-2024


Fernando de Almeida, 1956, 23'

“Setúbal” is a documentary intent on showing everything that is positive about the city and the municipality as if in a kaleidoscopic vision. Produced under the sponsorship of the Setúbal City Council, it aims at promoting tourism and publicising the work of the “Estado Novo” regime, but, in this case, using a technical and discursive capacity absent from the following two films. The film's script depicts a leisure trip led by a young couple, which already establishes an elaborate narrative feature, particularly when compared to other documentaries from the 1930s.

Setúbal, suas Indústrias
Setúbal Panorâmica e Monumental
Setúbal Panorâmica e Monumental


Virgílio Nunes, 1930, excerpts, 23’


Virgílio Nunes, 1930, excertos, 16’

“Estado Novo” propaganda documentaries, under the tutelage of the Setúbal Initiative Commission’s Propaganda, praised in the beginning of the film (“Choose Portuguese products – thus is the unemployment crisis avoided!”).

In both works, the narration – through intertitles – praises the common people and the joy and contentment of the modest and poor. In a film about industry in the Setúbal region, industrial activities are presented, praising work “where the labourer’s manual skill is evident”. The following work depicts some of the region's main monuments, accompanied by educational and explanatory intertitles using a popular narrative, typical of the "Estado Novo" regime.

Pedro Caldeira Cabral


Pedro Caldeira Cabral

Musician, composer and researcher, Pedro Caldeira Cabral is a reference in the Portuguese music scene. Defender of the Portuguese Guitar as a solo instrument, he developed his own original style, both as a performer and as a composer. His career spans over fifty years, comprising an international career of high relevance. In his journey of continuous appreciation of the national instrument, the following stand out: artistic direction of the Portuguese Guitar Festival at EXPO 98, Lisbon; author of the book “A Guitarra Portuguesa”; artistic programming of the “O Som das Musas” concert cycle in Vila Flor from 2007 to 2011; and the composition of several chamber music pieces for the Theatre, Cinema and Ballet. His discography includes fifteen albums as Portuguese guitar soloist, having released his most recent double album in 2014, on Prime Time label. Distinguished in 2014 with the Carlos Paredes Prize, he frequently performs as a soloist in numerous concerts in main venues and festivals around Europe, the United States of America, Tunisia, Morocco, Brazil and China.

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