City Symphony of the Douro river

river douro

I’ve been pursuing an interest in City Symphonies guided by an article on the British Film Institute website.

Douro, Faina Fluvial (Labor on the Douro River)

is a 1931 Portuguese film

directed by Manoel de Oliveira.

The film is a portrait of de Oliveira’s hometown of Porto and the industry that takes place along the city’s Douro River.

The film was first shown at the International Congress of Film Critics in Lisbon on September 19, 1931. It didn’t play well with the audience, the majority of whom booed.

This clip of the second part of the film is interesting.

It’s a film of a screening of Douro, Faina Fluvial with a live orchestra playing the score. It appears to have been performed in 2014 and the composer and director of music is Dinis Rego.

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