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Friday, March 8, 2024

Announcing the Fourth Luso World Cinema blogathon


It’s just the most wonderful time of the year again! No, not Christmas - although I love Christmas - it’s time to announce this year’s Luso World Cinema blogathon! The event enters its fourth year with the usual and dedicated hostesses, Letícia (or Le - that’s me) from Crítica Retrô and Beth from Spellbound with Beth Ann.  

Just like last year, we scheduled the blogathon around May 5th, that is World Portuguese Language Day, a date established by UNESCO to celebrate the first meeting of the Ministers of Culture of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries that happened on May 5th, 2005.

Aniki Bóbó (1942)

Now, let’s talk more about the blogathon rules: 

The Luso World Cinema Blogathon once again accepts posts about films made in Lusophone countries, that is, countries that speak Portuguese – see the list below –, and film stars with Luso heritage, that means, film stars of Portuguese descent. This list includes natives like Carmen Miranda, Rodrigo Santoro, Sônia Braga, Raul Roulien, Maria de Medeiros and also Keanu Reeves, Mary Astor, Louise Fazenda, Tom Hanks, Joe DeRita, James Franco, Daniel Brühl, Auli'i Cravalho (the voice of Disney's Moana!), Nestor Paiva, Amy Poehler,  Dorothy DeBorba and many more you can find listed HERE. You can write an overview of those people's lives or careers or focus on a specific film or TV show they made. We also accept the quite rare portraits of Portuguese, Brazilian or other Luso people in film, like in 1937’s “Captain Courageous”, in which Spencer Tracy plays a Portuguese sailor, for instance.

Here are a few lists of movies from Lusophone countries:

List of films from Portugal: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Portuguese_films

List of films from Brazil: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Brazilian_films

List of films from Cape Verde: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Cape_Verdean_films

List of films from Mozambique: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Mozambican_films

List of films from Angola: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Angolan_films

List of films from Guinea-Bissau:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Bissau-Guinean_films

List of films from São Tomé and Príncipe: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinema_of_S%C3%A3o_Tom%C3%A9_and_Pr%C3%ADncipe

List of films from Equatorial Guinea: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Equatoguinean_films

List of films from East Timor: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:East_Timorese_films


The list of contributions so far:

Spellbound with Beth Ann: interview with filmmaker Alyssa Botelho

Crítica Retrô: A Canção de Lisboa / Song of Lisbon (1933)

Musings of a Classic Film Addict: Carmen Miranda’s recipe for feijoada

Realweegiemidget Reviews: That Thing You Do (1996)

Taking Up Room: The Disaster Artist (2017) 

Silver Screenings: Copacabana (1947)

The Wonderful World of Cinema: Lisbon (1956)

Moon in Gemini: Xica da Silva (1997 telenovela)

Whimsically Classic: favorite Mary Astor performances

Classic Film and TV Corner: Went the Day Well? (1942)

In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood: The Great Lie (1941)

Louise Brooks Society blog: Louise Brooks & Her Films as Seen in the Portuguese-American Press, Louise Brooks & Her Films as Seen in the Brazilian Magazines & Newspapers, Louise Brooks and Brazil – when Pandora’s Box was featured in a 1930 Chaplin Club newsletter


We have banners for you to spread the news about the blogathon:

Keanu Reeves

Central do Brasil / Central Station (1998)

São Paulo S.A. (1967)

Kuxa Kanema: the Birth of Cinema (2002)

A Canção de Lisboa / Song of Lisbon (1933)

The Blue Eyes of Yonta (1992)

Sambizanga (1972)

Captain Courageous (1937)

Joe DeRita


Realweegiemidget Reviews said...

Hi there, can you add me with the That Thing You Do (1996) with Colin Hanks please? From Gill at Realweegiemidget Reviews

Rebecca Deniston said...

Hi, Le! I'd like to review "The Disaster Artist" with the Franco brothers, if that's OK. I didn't know they were Portuguese. :-)

Silver Screenings said...

Hi Le, I'd love to do Copacabana (1947) with Carmen Miranda and Groucho Marx. It's been way too long since I've seen a Carmen M. movie.
Ruth at https://silverscreenings.org/

Beth Ann Gallagher said...
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Beth Ann Gallagher said...

My announcement post is now up, Le. Very excited we are doing this again!

Virginie Pronovost said...

Hi Leticia! There's this film I put on my Letterboxd watchlist after my trip to Portugal and still haven't got the chance to see it. I think it would be a good candidate for the blogathon : LISBON (Ray Milland, 1956). It was filmed entirely in Portugal and apparently was the first Hollywood film filmed there. Anyway, if it's a valid choice, I'd like to choose it for the blogathon!

I'm at The Wonderful World of Cinema :) https://thewonderfulworldofcinema.wordpress.com/

Silver Screenings said...

Hi Le, here is a review of Copacabana starring the fab Carmen Miranda:

Looking forward to this!
Ruth at Silver Screenings

Realweegiemidget Reviews said...

Hi here is my post with the Hanks family and my blogathon post for tomorrow and Day 1... https://weegiemidget.wordpress.com/2024/05/03/films-that-thing-you-do-1996/

Beth Ann Gallagher said...

Le, my post has gone live here:


Thanks for taking up my slack! I fell down the rabbit hole of obsessively editing my video. I will start my hosting duties ASAP!

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