DeMille, Cecil B.

Cecil Blount DeMille was a notorious North American director and producer, and one of the founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, being also considered one of the responsible for the establishment of Hollywood as one of the most important movie industries. Born in August 1881 in Ashfield, in the state of […]

Disney, Walt

Walter Elias Disney, most commonly known as Walt Disney, was a famous entrepreneur in the area of animation movies, being the founder of the Walt Disney Company, one of the biggest companies in the world, that influences and develops products in multiple areas. Born on the 5th December 1901 in Chicago, in the United States […]

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor

Fyodor Dostoyevsky was a Russian writer, journalist and philosopher, and he is considered one of the greatest novelists in classical literature, in general, and in Russian literature in particular. Born on the 11th November 1821 in Moscow, Dostoyevsky spent his childhood on the Russian capital, together his parents and seven brothers and sisters. Dostoyevsky’s father […]


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 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 […]

Euler, Leonhard

  Leonhard Paul Euler was a renowned Swiss mathematician and physicist. Born in Basel, on the 15th April 1707, Euler was the oldest son of the Calvinist pastor Paul Euler and Marguerite Brucker, who was also daughter of a pastor, and he had two younger sisters, namely Anna Maria and Maria Magdalena. Euler spent his […]


Existentialism is a philosophical theory that emerged in the XIX century, and that remained very popular until the first half of the XX century, especially during World War II, a period when many of the main ideas associated to existentialism arose and were profoundly debated. This doctrine, as the name indicates, is focused on the […]


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 […]