Embrujo (1946)

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Though made in Argentina, the setting and subject matter of Embrujo (Bewitched) is distinctly Brazilian. The story takes place during the reign of Brazil's first emperor, Pedro I. After proclaiming his country's independence from Portugal, Pedro (played by Jorge Rigaud) concentrates on a different brand of domestic affairs when he throws over his empress wife in favor of the alluring Domitila de Castro (Alicia Barrie). Upon the death of his wife, Pedro proposes marriage to Domitila, but she refuses, placing the honor and integrity of her country above her own desires. It is perhaps not surprising that Embrujo ran into censorship problems when it was released in Brazil.



death, espionage, independence, integrity, mistress, royalty, wife