Akira Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998) was a notorious Japanese film-maker, and is considered one of the most important directors in the history of film, given his important contributions not only to Japanese cinema, but to the entire film industry. Kurosawa grew up in the suburbs of Tokyo, and was the youngest of eight children of a middle […]

Analepsis

Concept of analepsis Analepsis, or flashback, is a narrative technique, commonly used in literature and cinema, but that can also be used in theatre, and that consists on the description of events prior to the present moment of the story. This way, the chronological order of the facts is interrupted, and there is a return […]

Artificial Intelligence

Even though it’s still not (yet) on the list of words with daily use, the concept of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is known by the vast majority of population, and it’s becoming more and more used by the social media and various scientific communities. However, if inquired, most people can only say that this term refers […]

Baltasar and Blimunda

“Baltasar and Blimunda” (“Memorial do Convento” in the original Portuguese version) is a book written by Portuguese José Saramago, that was published in 1982. The story follows the construction of Mafra Palace and Convent, whose construction was ordered by the king D. João V in 1717, as a payment of a promise he made before […]

Epic

Epic is a literary genre that is mainly characterized by the description of heroic achievements that can even be considered legendary. The word “epic” is commonly used to refer an unforgettable and unparalleled act or happening, just like it occurs in the narratives that belong to this specific genre. Normally, epic texts are poetry, but […]

Ericeira

Ericeira is a fishing village, situated near Mafra, in the district of Lisbon, Portugal. The village is located in an area normally nominated “West Zone”. The name “Ericeira” means “land of the hedgehog”, a reference to the animal that could once be found in great number in the area. Ericeira is an ancient village, the […]

Extra

An extra, or background actor, is a figure or character that can appear in a movie, series or theatre play. Normally, the extra appears on set only in the background, and doesn’t have any kind of influence in the development of the narrative; in most cases, it is even impossible to identify the identity of […]

Father Bartolomeu Lourenço de Gusmão

Father Bartolomeu Lourenço de Gusmão was a very well-known Jesuit priest and also an inventor, to whom is attributed the invention of the aerostat. Born in 1685 in Santos, Brazil, which at the time was still a Portuguese colony, Father Bartolomeu Lourenço de Gusmão, also known as the “Flying Father”, is an important figure for […]

Film noir

Film noir is a movie subgenre that belongs to the main category of police movies, and it is mainly characterized by the specific themes depicted and also by its inherent visual attributes. Regarding the narrative, film noir mostly deals with criminal drama, in a very direct way, and sometimes even with a cynical approach; the […]

Genius loci

Genius loci is a concept that goes back to the ancient classical Rome, and it can be translated has the “spirit of the place”; originally, the term was used to refer to the protective spirit of a place, an entity that is present in every place human beings are. The religious notion has suffered changes […]