A Escrava Isaura (2004 telenovela)

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A Escrava Isaura
La Esclava Isaura o Isaura, La Esclava
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Genre Drama, romance, telenovela
Created by Bernardo Guimarães
Developed by Thiago Santiago
Starring Bianca Rinaldi
Leopoldo Pacheco
Théo Becker
Voices of Liliana Barba (Spanish)
Country of origin Brazil
Original language(s) Portuguese
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 167
Producer(s) Henrique Daniel
Location(s) Campos dos Goytacazes, Rio de Janeiro
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 60 min
Original network Rede Record
Picture format NTSC (480i)
Audio format Stereophonic sound
Original release October 18, 2004 – April 29, 2005
Related shows Escrava Isaura (1976 TV series)
External links
Website www.uk.romantica.tv/isaura.php

A Escrava Isaura (Isaura the Slave) is a 2004 Brazilian telenovela based on A Escrava Isaura, an 1875 abolitionist romance novel by Bernardo Guimarães. The series tells the story of a coffee-plantation owner's passion for one of his slaves. Herval Rossano directed both this and the 1976 version.

Rede Record, run by televangelist Edir Macedo,[1] produced this expanded remake of a serial that aired in 1976 on Rede Globo. The series drew high ratings among Brazilian viewers and was expanded from 100 to 167 episodes.[2] It airs in Europe and the Middle East on Zone Romantica.


This melodrama focuses on the conflict between the beautiful light-skinned slave woman Isaura (Bianca Rinaldi, originally, Lucelia Santos) and her cruel, lecherous master Leoncio (Leopold Pacheco) in 1855 Brazil. The heroine is the 20-year-old daughter of a white father and a mulatto mother. She was born and raised on the coffee plantation of Commander Almeida (Rubens de Falco) in the village of Goitacaces. When Juliana, Isaura's mother (Valquiria Ribeiro), dies shortly after giving birth, Gertrudes (Norma Blum), the commander's wife, treats the child as her own daughter, giving her an education and fine manners.[3]

Isaura is devoutly religious; she prays often, avoids the witchcraft practiced by some other slaves and often wears a prominent cross around her neck. Her father, a free laborer, repeatedly begs for her freedom and makes offer after offer to buy her from the commander. Despite promises to set her free one day, every offer is rejected. Isaura remains a slave because she is a slave's daughter—and freedom always seems to be just beyond her reach. When commander realizes his fault, it is too late.[4]

In 1854, when Isaura is a young adult, the commander’s stupid, degenerate son Leôncio returns to the fazenda after piling up enormous debts. He soon marries Malvina (Maria Ribeiro), daughter of Colonel Sebastiao (Paulo Figueiredo). Nevertheless, he develops a dangerous fixation with Isaura and determines to make her his mistress.[5]

The commander and Gertrudes protect Isaura from Leôncio for a while, but they become ill and pass away before setting her free. The sweet young woman winds up at the mercy of an obsessed, depraved man, fighting to maintain her dignity and integrity. As Isaura desperately struggles to keep her dreams alive, she discovers true love for the first time.[6]


Telemundo started airing the serial as La Esclava Isaura (dubbed into Spanish) in the US on May 7, 2007. It temporarily aired for two hours per night from 9 to 11 p.m. (ET/PT) from July 24 until August 3, 2007. [5][permanent dead link] The finale aired December 3, 2007.

In June, 2007, Isaura's time slot (which included one soccer preemption) averaged 680,000 core adult viewers (ages 18 to 49). That was a 16 percent increase over the year before, when Decisiones aired during that hour, according to Nielsen Media Research. [6][permanent dead link] During November, the show averaged 587,000 core viewers.

Isaura's Spanish voice is Liliana Barba, who also dubbed Lizzie McGuire and Julie Mayer in Desperate Housewives.


Spanish voices and Spanish character name spellings (if they differ) in parentheses

Cast notes
  • Lucelia Santos has become famous all over the world for her part in this great Brazilian telenovela.
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