O 'princípio esperança' no novo cinema português

Carolin Overhoff Ferreira


Film scholars and historians mostly agree that Novo Cinema films made during the Portuguese dictatorship are fatalistic and not particularly political. However, using Ernst Bloch's "principle of hope," I argue in this essay that some of these films do in fact search for a hopeful future or change for Portuguese society. To prove my point, I will first engage with the historical context and scholarly discussions of Novo Cinema before moving on to examine its key features films. Through a discussion of their main characters and aesthetics, I foreground the ways in which they call on their audience to question the status quo.


Portuguese cinema; Ernst Bloch; Estado Novo; hope; politics and aesthetics

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21471/jls.v2i1.155

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