Macau – Cidade Progressiva e Monumental / Macao - Progress and Monuments

(Documentary, Portugal, 1923, 6’, BW, silent, Fr ST)

by Manuel Antunes Amor

Macau – Cidade Progressiva e Monumental


The film shows the development of the Chinese city while highlighting the Portuguese presence: the official buildings, personalities of the colonial administration. The bust of the great poet Luis de Camões recalls the epic discoveries and the glory of navigators. The director observes the Chinese people, their activities, their hobbies. He seems fascinated and, perhaps in spite of himself, shows us a very dynamic Chinese city where the Portuguese seem to be tourists.

Film Author :

Manuel Antunes Amor

Manuel Antunes Amor is a professor, inspector of national education in Macao, passionate about cinema and convinced of cinema pedagogy. He films with his own camera to make his compatriots of the metropolis know this distant possession. He will present in Portugal this short film as well as others, shot in Macao, and in Goa, where he was also in office. This is the only one of his films that has been preserved and is probably the only footage of this period in Macao.

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