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ReFocus: The Films of Pedro CostaProducing and Consuming Contemporary Art Cinema$
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Nuno Barradas Jorge

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474444538

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474444538.001.0001

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Cinema’s ‘Primitive Beauty’: Pedro Costa’s Artistic Formation and the Making of Blood (1989)

Cinema’s ‘Primitive Beauty’: Pedro Costa’s Artistic Formation and the Making of Blood (1989)

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(p.12) Chapter 1 Cinema’s ‘Primitive Beauty’: Pedro Costa’s Artistic Formation and the Making of Blood (1989)
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ReFocus: The Films of Pedro Costa
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Nuno Barradas Jorge

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474444538.003.0002

This chapter discusses Pedro Costa’s personal and professional development during the 1970s and 1980s. The discussion offered here concerns how formative experiences came to inform aesthetic preoccupations displayed in his directorial debut, Blood (1989), as well as to reflect industrial, social and cultural contexts of the film’s production. Costa’s personal and professional development was shaped by Lisbon’s youth cultures enjoying political freedoms and cultural openness resulting from the Revolution of 25 April 1974. The making of Blood reflects such historical characteristics, while also exemplifying the constraints shaping Portuguese cinema at the time. This first chapter also examines the initial domestic reception of the film, providing further context to Costa’s role as an emerging filmmaker.

Keywords:   Portuguese Cinema, Blood (2009), Portuguese Cinema: Production Contexts, 1980s Filmmaking

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