The newsreel series JORNAL PORTUGUÊS (1938-1951) was produced for the Secretariat of National Propaganda (SPN/SNI) by the "Portuguese Newsreel Society" (SPAC), under the technical supervision of António Lopes Ribeiro. It was conceived and employed as part of the propaganda machinery of Salazar's regime.

Screened in cinema theatres prior to the main feature film, each issue of JORNAL ran approximately ten minutes in length and covered a variety of official government acts, national political news, major sports events and other assorted social and cultural affairs. JORNAL PORTUGUÊS is not only and indispensable document for the history of Estado Novo's propaganda, but also an unparalleled audiovisual archive of 1940s Portugal. Moreover, for students of the documentary, this comprehensive catalogue of each issue of JORNAL PORTUGUÉS provides a fascinating contrast with the American newsreel series THE MARCH OF TIME (1935-1951). The differing national attitudes about the impending World War, its duration, and aftermath are especially noteworthy in this regard.

This complete edition of JORNAL PORTUGUÊS, marks the beginning of Cinemateca's DVD editions.



Format: DVD-PAL / Region 0
(No Regional Code)


(Portugal, 1938-1951)

• 101 episodes
• 1,018 minutes
• B&W
• Sound


Total Running Time: 16:58:00 (5 Discs)

Language: Portuguese with English subtitles

Booklet Text: José Manuel Costa, Maria do Carmo Piçarra & Tiago Baptista e Rui Machado (bilingual English & Portuguese)

Published By: Cinemateca Portuguesa

Institutional Price: $600 (plus shipping)

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