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Jardim do Palácio Pimenta – Museu de Lisboa

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03 — 06 Sep - 2020
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Jardim do Palácio Pimenta – Museu de Lisboa

How to get there?

This event has already happened
03 — 06 Sep - 2020
Quinta a domingo


Accessibility for people with reduced mobility.

Capacity: 150 people

Tickets can be picked up on the day of each session (maximum of 2 tickets per person) during ticket office opening hours (11:00 – 17:00).


Opening hours:

11:00 – 17:00 – Ticket collection at the ticket office;

20:30 – 21:30 – Doors open. No admission once the session has begun.

This event is part of the celebrations marking a hundred years since the birth of Amália Rodrigues.

In partnership with: Cinemateca Portuguesa/ Museu do Cinema


It was exactly 100 years ago that one of the great voices of the 20th century was born, someone who to this day is considered the most important ambassador of Portuguese culture in the world. We are, of course, speaking about Amália Rodrigues. In addition to the singing career which immortalised her, Amália was also a talented actress, as is evident in the many films she performed in. We will remember this side of her in a series of open-air films in the Jardim do Palácio Pimenta, where four of her films will be screened: “Capas Negras”, by Armando de Miranda which, at the time, beat all records in Portuguese cinema; “Fado a História de uma Cantadeira”, by Perdigão Quiroga, a hugely successful film for which Amália won the SNI award for best cinema actress; and “A Arte de Amália”, by director Bruno de Almeida, the most complete documentary about the life and work of the greatest Portuguese artist of all time, who was also a star of the big screen.

3 September

Capas Negras

Armando de Miranda || Portugal || 1947 || b/w || 103 min.

This melodramatic story follows the relationship between a law student in Coimbra, José Duarte, and a girl, Maria Lisboa, whose romance ends when he finishes his course and leaves for Porto thinking he’s been betrayed. Later, the girl is accused of abandoning a child and taken to court where José Duarte defends her (Cinemateca).

Guest: Rui Vieira Nery


4 September

Fado, História d’uma Cantadeira

Perdigão Queiroga || Portugal || 1947 || b/w || 108 min.|| > 12 years and over

Guest: Frederico Santiago

In the Alfama, singer Ana Maria makes her public debut at a fado house with great success. Her career suddenly takes off, taking her to theatres and a journey through Lisbon’s bohemian world. Despite everything, Ana Maria doesn’t allow herself to get carried away by her success and stays with the same man, Júlio the guitarist. But the appeal of a life of luxury and celebrity ends up complicating everything and Júlio begins to think about leaving for Africa. An open tribute to Amália Rodrigues, who has here another important role as an actress in the company of Portuguese cinema’s biggest names of the day, including Virgílio Teixeira, António Silva and Vasco Santana.


5 September

As Ilhas Encantadas

Carlos Vilardebó || Portugal, França ||1965|| coulor|| 98 min.|| > 12 years and over

Guest: Jorge Muchagato

In the middle of the last century, on a deserted island in the Atlantic, a young sailor from a French boat meets a lonely woman since the death of her husband and brother, who disappeared at sea. Love happens and a new life begins, even though they don't speak the same language. This paradisiacal relationship will, however, end ... Amália Rodrigues at the height of her beauty in an almost silent film. Free adaptation of a short story by Herman Melville, filmed in the archipelago of the Selvagens Islands.


6 September

The Art of Amália

Bruno de Almeida || Portugal || 1999 || colour || 90 min. || > 6 years and over

Guest:  Bruno de Almeida

The Art of Amália is a 90-minute documentary about Amália Rodrigues’ extraordinary artistic career. Produced using footage from 1920 to 1999, the film includes live performances, TV appearances, clips from her films, moments backstage and a very revealing interview with Amália herself. And, above all, it includes impassioned performances of all her classics, some of which are from previously unseen shows.