It portrays the life of a real historical figure, the Spanish infante Carlota Joaquina Teresa de Borbon y Borbon, who was married off by her family to the Portuguese prince Dom Joao when she was shy often years. Her marriage meant a contract between two nations: it constituted the efforts on the part of the Spanish crown to resume a political liaison with the neighboring Portugal. The film follows Carlota Joaquina's journey from the Spanish court to Portugal, later to Brazil and eventually back to Portugal, as well as her journey from childhood to womanhood.
In a framing story, a Scotsman sitting on the seashore narrates Carlota Joaquina's story to his ten-year-old-female cousin, Yolanda. His narration is triggered by finding a bottle with a text supposedly written by Salvador Dali, in which he explains his reasons for never visiting Brazil. As though it were a fairy-tale, the Scotsman proceeds to the storytelling, sparing no details and frequently dwelling on the sexual as well as scatological aspects of the lives of the characters.
The film goes back and forth between the setting by the seashore with Yolanda and the storyteller and Carlota Joaquina's life. Despite unparalleled success at the box office, critics' reviews of Carlota Joaquina have been mixed.
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Darien J. Davies, for instance, calls it "a visual feast" but notes that the film displays "a Brazilian tendency to downplay racial and sexual conflict and a refusal to take oppression too seriously" I disagree with Davies' opinion of the film, as it undermines Brazilians' awareness of their country's past and present social issues. Nonetheless, Davies draws some intriguing connections between the political situation depicted in the film and the Brazil of the 's when she claims that "the film says as much about the present as it does about the past," an idea also shared by critics Luis Carlos Villalta and Luiz Zanin Oricchio Davies In fact, Zanin Oricchio concludes that "Carlota aparece Along those lines, scholars Stephanie Dennison and Lisa Shaw have even seen interesting connections between Camurati's film and the chanchadas--popular, Brazilian musical comedies that exploited vulgarity.
It had the only liberal redoubt a convent south of the river, and controlled the river estuary thus allowing the defenders to land essential provisions. Lovell who visited the Serra redoubt during the siege 12 Jan considered the fort to have weak defences, and consequently Lovell admired the commander and his men for managing to defend it. Unaware of the exact number of the approaching liberals, the 13, Miguelite defenders of Porto abandoned the city Cronologia do Liberalismo ; Livermore, ; Wikipedia: Cerco do Porto Viscount Santa Marta, commander of Miguelite division operating between the Figueira Estuary and the village of Vila do Count, decided to deploy in the village of Vila Nova de Gaia Wikipedia: Cerco do Porto.
The liberal admiral, the Englishman George Sartorius, ordered the ships boats to enter the bar of the River Douro and to respond to the Miguelite fire Wikipedia: Cerco do Porto. This brought the two armies into contact although neither side desired to escalate the action at that time. Although the liberals retained Serra do Pilar on the south bank of the river, they had had to abandon the three major heights to the north Regado, Antas, and Covelho and the position of Lordelo that linked the city with the Estuary.
Action at Penafiel Cronologia do Liberalismo. A liberal column defeated the Miguelites forces around Porto, attacked the city of Penafiel, and then returned to Porto Wikipedia: Cerco do Porto. Dom Pedro, who now saw the impossibility of occupying the north of Portugal, settled into Porto. He reorganised his Army, creating the General staff. Pedro also sent Pedro de Sousa Holstein to London to get financial support and to raise officers and soldiers. Teixeira started building lines around Porto, including a series of strong redoubts with 15 batteries Wikipedia: Cerco do Porto.
Miguelites defected liberals at Souto Redondo, and liberals withdrew to Porto Cronologia do Liberalismo. Miguelite reconnaissance in the north of Porto Cronologia do Liberalismo. Miguelites occupied Gaia Cronologia do Liberalismo. Teixeira appointed commander of the Miguelite army Cronologia do Liberalismo. The liberals in Porto repelled a Miguelite attempt to storm the city Livermore, They penetrated the area defended by the batteries of the Bonfim, Cativo and Fojo, but were violently stopped at the Rua do Prado. Dom Pedro was involved in the battle. Lieutenant-colonel Pacheco distinguished himself defending a position between S.
Cosme road and the battery of the Barros de Lima. Cosme to commemorate his contribution. After nine hours of combat, and having made no significant progress in any position, Teixeira called off the attack, The defenders lost men and the attackers 4, As a result Dom Miguel decided to head north in an attempt to raise moral in his army. Indecisive naval battle fought in the northern waters Cronologia do Liberalismo.
The Miguelites completed the encirclement of Porto and had artillery on the left bank of the Douro Cronologia do Liberalismo. Dom Miguel left for Braga Cronologia do Liberalismo. Hunger and disease were beginning to have an effect in Porto and the defenders continued to sortie in an attempt to break the siege Wikipedia: Cerco do Porto. On 11 Nov , the birthday of Dom Pedro, the Miguelites commenced an uninterrupted bombardment of Porto, which lasted until night fall on 12 Nov Wikipedia: Cerco do Porto. This had the reverse effect of that intended, as the residents pulled together in support of the liberal cause.
On the other hand, a shortage of cash to pay the troops led to constant riots by the English mercenaries and the departure of some, including admiral Sartorius with ships of the naval squadron. Miguelites repelled a sortie of the besieged liberals Cronologia do Liberalismo. The position was as some distance from the liberal lines, between a battery of the mount Quinta dos Congregados to the right and the battery of Guelas de Pau to the left.
Lieutenant-Colonel Silva Pereira distinguished himself sufficiently to be subsequently promoted to full Colonel and commander. Presumably, however, the Liberals withdrew as Cronologia do Liberalismo says the Miguelites repelled the sortie.
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Solignac appointed general of the liberal army Cronologia do Liberalismo. To quote Lovell , p who was present. The Marshal determined on attacking the right of the Miguelite position ; indeed, to cut off the right towards the fort of Queixo. At three P. After a severe action the Miguelites were driven back some little distance, and the height called Castro in front of the lighthouse was taken. The troops nearly reached Queixo Castle, but the Miguelites stood fast at Lordello ; and a second attack, which the Marshal had ordered, did not take place; countermanded, it is said, by the Emperor, who feared to endanger the city.
Indeed the Miguelites drove them back more than once, and the French found themselves opposed to the old regiments who, under the Duke of Wellington and Marshal Beresford, had learned to beat them. Dom Pedro promoted Saldanha to marshal, and gave him the command of 2nd division. The Miguelites threw some shells into the town : they re-occupied Monte Castro from which they had been driven during the late sortie , and were throwing up works in all directions Lovell, The Count of S. He continued the attacks and bombardment on Porto.
The situation in the city was difficult, with a lack of food and firewood being significant problems. The situation was so desperate that some considered capitulating, although Saldanha opposed this suggestion. Liberals repelled Miguelite attacks on the lines to the east and northwest of Porto Cronologia do Liberalismo. At day-break the Miguelites made a faint attack in the direction of Agoa Ardente and Bomfim Lovell, At hours they assailed the Pastellero and Lordello village under a fire from all their batteries ; they were, however, repulsed, and driven back upon their entrenchments.
At the same time an attempt was made upon the Serra convent, but the Miguelites were again defeated by a fire of grapeshot. Towards mid-day the fire slackened, and guns were only fired occasionally for the rest of the day. Admiral Sartorius was dismissed from command of the liberal fleet Lovell, The Miguelites advanced under cover and made an attack upon an outwork near to the Agoa-ardente entrance into the city, and destroyed it Lovell, Their skirmishers came to the lines, and some of them entered near Bomfim. The Pedroites sortied to retake this point, which after some considerable loss on both sides was accomplished and the Miguelites were driven back.
Simultaneous attacks were made upon Foz and the Pastellero, but both equally failed. They then repelled two counter- attacks by superior numbers. As a result Silva Pereira became a knight of the order of the Tower and Sword. This puts the date in doubt. Being Good Friday, the flags of the contending armies were hung, half-mast high, on the different forts and redoubts the white on the Miguelites, and the blue and white on those of the Pedroites Lovell, Don Pedro opened fire on the Miguelite redoubt on Covelho Hill, with the intention was to storm the work that evening, but the undertaking somehow failed Lovell, It seems the Marshal was against the idea.
In an audacious blow the liberals sortied and took the Covelho redoubt Cronologia do Liberalismo ; Wikipedia: Cerco do Porto. This demoralized the besiegers, and men began to leave the ranks. At day-break this morning the Miguelites made a desperate effort to recover the Covelho Hill Lovell, The Liberals beat them back, advanced on the village of Paranhas, and drove the Miguelites out in a bitter fight.
The Miguelites were simultaneously threatening Foz, Lordello, and the Quinta of Vanzellares ; but they failed in every place.
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The British suffered much in the attack. Napier advised the resurrection of an old plan for a surprise sea borne attack against Lisbon, which later got modified to a landing in the Algarve Wikipedia: Cerco do Porto. Napier was appointed admiral of the liberal squadron Cronologia do Liberalismo ; Livermore, Lovell says this occurred 12 Jun Sartorius and Solignac were dismissed Cronologia do Liberalismo. Saldanha was nominated chief of the general staff: The Duke of Terceira was appointed commander of the expedition to the south, accompanied by Napier, and Palmela was made civil governor.
Cronologia do Liberalismo says at Alagoa and Livermore says at Faro;. They occupied Tavira then marched north through the Alentejo.
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At hours the Miguelites attacked Lordello Lovell, The attack soon extended along the Pedroite front, with the Miguelites making a strong effort to take possession of the Quinta Vanyellares Mirante , which was defended by some French and Belgian troops, as well as Cacadores. Colonel Duvergier charged them at the head of the French, and the Miguelites were evenutally repulsed, although they had reached at the garden wall.
Colonel Duvergier lost his arm upon this occasion, and subsequently died 23 Jul.
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The Miguelites also made an attack also on the Bomfim, took a piquet-house, and got within the precincts of the place. Saldanha and his staff charged them at the head of a few cavalry, and drove them back. A cannonade was kept up on the city during the whole time. The firing died down at The defenders lost men.
Lovell believed it was an reconnaissance and not a serious attack because there were no attack columns. The defenders, however, styled the repulse a great victory ; the bells rang, and illuminations were ordered. Saldanha was made Lieutenant General, and Pimental full Colonel. The liberal fleet include steamships. They were repelled with numerous dead, and due to this triumph Saldanha was promoted the lieutenant-general.
Bourmont appointed commander of the Miguelite army at Porto Cronologia do Liberalismo. Liberals defeat Miguelites at the action at Piedade Cronologia do Liberalismo. Terceira entered Lisbon as the Miguelite garrison evacuated Cronologia do Liberalismo ; Livermore, Soon after hours the Miguelites made a desperate attempt at Lordello, and against the quinta of Vanzellares Lovell, At Lordello the Miguelite cavalry approach, hidden through a small wood.
They jumped a stone wall, galloped forward and carried a jieche belonging to the liberals. The cavalry commander, a French officer, was killed, which stalled the attack and prevented them reaching the road a few metres ahead. In another area Miguelite infantry took a Pedroite position only to lose it again. The Miguelites also attacked the quinta of Vanzellares several times; but were repulsed. The new battery at Furada fired away the whole time, and a continual cannonade was kept up by all the batteries. At hours the Miguelites attacked Bomfim Lovell, General Saldanha took command of the defence.
The Miguelite column had reached the entrance to the place, when Saldanha charged, at the head of his staff and 20 lancers Cronologia do Liberalismo ; Wikipedia: Cerco do Porto. The Liberal cavalry drove the Miguelite column back. By hours the firing ceased with Miguelite attacks repulsed Lovell, The loss on the side of Don Pedro amounted to between three and four hundred men.
Saldanha remained in charge at Porto. Massacre of the prisoners of Estremoz Cronologia do Liberalismo. Pedro arrived in Lisbon Livermore, In contrast the absolutists controlled the rural areas, where they were supported by the aristocracy, and by a peasantry that was galvanized by the Church. A stalemate of nine months ensued. Pedro dismissed Miguelite ministers and clergy and appropriated church property. He left the besiegers under a Frenchman, the Count of Almer, who abandoned some positions but kept up the siege Lovell, England recognised the Government of D.
Maria II Cronologia do Liberalismo. Dom Miguel was in Coimbra Cronologia do Liberalismo. A explosion at about hours caused the storehouses of the Portuguese Company in Villa Nova to burn down, destroying a large amount of wine Lovell, Wikipedia: Cerco do Porto claims this was deliberate sabotage by the retreating Miguelites. During the afternoon the Miguelites began to retire from from the north of the Douro Lovell, On the assumption they would retreat from the city Saldanha began preparations to dog their retreat.
This is the take of Lovell , a British military observer.
During the night the Miguelites withdrew from the line around the north side of Porto and fell back upon Vallongo. In they process they abandoned most of their batteries and positions. When skirmishing broke out at day-break the Liberals found themselves facing only piquets and a few occupied redoubts; a strong redoubt at Ayreoso had men in.
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The Miguelite army retreated in good order from post to post. Not everybody got away; Colonel Dodgin, with his British battalion, trapped the garrison of one of the redoubts and persuaded them to surrender. Skirmishing continued till hours but very few were killed on either side. The Portuguese take is that Saldanha defeated the besieging Miguelite division at Porto, breaking through in the north and east Cronologia do Liberalismo ; Wikipedia: Cerco do Porto.
According to Wikipedia: Cerco do Porto the Miguelites set fire to the wine warehouses in Gaia before they fell back from the wall, however, Lovell but this incident two days earlier 16 Aug and it could have been the result of random shell fire. During the night the Miguelites retired from Villa Nova, and in the morning the Pedroites occupied it Lovell, Saldanha returned to Porto in triumph Wikipedia: Cerco do Porto. The city was finally free! Terceira entered in Lisbon on 24 Jul and a month later 25 Aug was under siege Cronologia do Liberalismo.
The most active period seemed to be Sep, but the liberal lines held. The Miguelite forces concentrated near Lisbon Cronologia do Liberalismo. Liberals repelled attacks to the Lisbon lines Cronologia do Liberalismo. Macdonell replaced Bourmont in command of the Miguelite army Cronologia do Liberalismo. Spain presented Dom Miguel with a demand for the expulsion of Don Carlos from Portuguese territory Cronologia do Liberalismo , which he ignored.