Cantiga Da Rua (1949)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Run Time - 140 min.  |   Countries - Portugal  |  
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More than one critic noted that the real star of the Portuguese Cantiga da Rua was the city of Lisbon. This isn't to say that the film was a mere travelogue; still, the film will appeal most to moviegoers desiring far-away places with strange-sounding names. Heading the cast is Alberto Ribeiro, a brilliant Portuguese tenor who in 1950 was on the road to international stardom. Cast as a carefree vagabond, Ribeiro brings a little sunshine into the lives of everyone he meets, especially leading lady Deolinda Rodrigues. The dramatic weight of the film is handled by Augusto Fraga, a real-life journalist making his acting debut. Comedy is provided by regional favorites Costinha and Santos Carvalho.