A Severa (film)

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A Severa
Poster for the film
Directed by José Leitão de Barros
Written by J. Bernard Brunius
René Clair
Starring Dina Teresa
António Luis Lopes
Antonio Lavradio
Ribeiro Lopes
Music by Frederico de Freitas
Cinematography Salazar Dinis
Paul Guichard
Distributed by Imaginação
Video e Televisão
Lisvendas Audio e Video
Release date
17 July 1931 (Portugal)
Running time
110 minutes
Country Portugal
Language Portuguese

A Severa is a Portuguese 1931 film, directed by Leitão de Barros, famous for being the first Portuguese all-talking sound film,[1] a biopic of the fado singer Maria Severa Onofriana, known as A Severa, based on the novel by Júlio Dantas.[2]



The film was shot in Paris.[3]


The film is rarely seen today, and doesn't have the popularity of other films of the 1930s, seen as the golden era of Portuguese cinema. Maria Severa Onofriana is often mentioned in fado songs today.[4]


  1. ^ Creekmur, Corey (1 January 2012). International Film Musical. Edinburgh University Press. p. 59. ISBN 978-0-7486-3478-1. 
  2. ^ Cajão, Luís (1973). O salto de cavalo (in Portuguese). Edições Ágora. 
  3. ^ Aitken, Ian (4 January 2013). The Concise Routledge Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film. Routledge. p. 734. ISBN 978-1-136-51206-3. 
  4. ^ Shahriari, Andrew (16 October 2015). Popular World Music. Routledge. p. 119. ISBN 978-1-317-34538-1. 

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