O Costa do Castelo

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O Costa do Castelo
O costa do castelo.jpg
Directed by Arthur Duarte
Produced by António de Jesus Marques
António César dos Santos
Written by João Bastos
Fernando Fragoso
Starring António Silva
Maria Matos
Milú
Curado Ribeiro
Hermínia Silva
Teresa Casal
Release date
1943
Running time
135 mins
Language Portuguese

O Costa do Castelo (lit. The Costa from the Castle) is a Portuguese film comedy from 1943, directed by Arthur Duarte, and starring António Silva, Maria Matos, Curado Ribeiro, Milú, Hermínia Silva,the famous Fado singer, and Teresa Casal. It was produced at Tobis Portuguesa.

It stands as one of the most famous Portuguese comedies of all time.

Plot[edit]

André (Curado Ribeiro), is a son of a wealthy family who meets a girl called Luisinha (Milu).

Luisinha lives at a small pension house with Rita (Maria Olguim) and Januário (João Silva), who are as parents to her, and with mr. Simplício Costa (António Silva), better known as Costa do Castelo, a lazy but highly talented guitar player who together with (Hermínia Silva) reaches success.

In order to see Luisinha every day, André decides to move into the same pension, offering an assumed name and pretending to be a chauffeur. When all seems to be going according to plan, enter Ms. Mafalda da Silveira (Maria Matos), André's aunt, who unmasks her nephew and ends the farse.

André gets injured in a car accident, and takes advantage of his ailment to persuade his aunt with the help of his uncle Simão (Manuel Santos Carvalho), to allow Luisinha to live at her mansion, to attend him. Luisinha ends up moving in and, thanks to her, the mansion knows joy and light again.

One day, Simplício Costa comes to the mansion at the request of Simão and, unexpectedly, he finds the lost love of his youth, gone for over 30 years: Mafalda. All seems perfect, but one person stands before in André and Luisinha's happiness, Isabel de Castelar (Teresa Casal), an ambitious woman coveting Daniel's fortune. With considerable effort, Ms. Mafalda and the "Costa do Castelo" manage to join together not only Daniel and Luisinha but also themselves.

DVD version[edit]

The DVD version is based upon a restoration effort conducted by Cinemateca Portuguesa and Museu do Cinema.

Trivia[edit]

  • "Costa do Castelo" is also the name of a reputed Portuguese advertising, feature film and television producer company, named after the film.
  • "Costa do Castelo" is the name of a street in Lisbon.

References[edit]

  • Photobiography of António Silva, Círculo de Leitores
  • "O Costa do Castelo" DVD
  • Portuguese Wikipedia article

External links[edit]