Films To Make Learning Literature More Interesting


Professor Andre Gazola of Lendo website shares films that can help make literature classes more interesting. In this post, we present to you films that relate to early Portuguese literature – Troubadour and Baroque. Visit the for more interesting recommendations about films and a lot more.

Early Portuguese Literature – Troubadour

After the introduction to the basic concepts of Literature, such as literary genres and the basics of narratology, it is customary to start, in the first year of High School, with Troubadour and its songs of love, friend, mockery and cursing.

Merlin, by Steve Barron (155 min.)

It depicts, in an epic tone, the battle of the wizard Merlin and King Arthur against Mab, the queen of darkness. The film received 15 Emmy nominations and has a soundtrack signed by Trevor Jones.

To Rainha Margot, by Patrice Chéreau (136 min.)

In order to maintain peace, an arranged marriage is celebrated. The union between the Catholic Marguerite de Valois, Queen Margot (Isabelle Adjani), and the noble Protestant Henri de Navarre (Daniel Auteuil), in the 16th century, aimed to unite two religious currents. This wedding was so political that the bride and groom are not required to sleep together. Palace intrigues will culminate in St. Bartholomew’s Night, in which thousands of Protestants were killed. After this fact, Margot ends up getting involved with a Protestant who is being persecuted.

Rei Arthur, by Antoine Fuqua (142 min.)

It discusses the story of King Arthur, his pact with Lancelot and the loyalty of the Knights of the Round Table in the struggles against the invaders of their lands.

Ace Mists of Avalon, by Uli Edel (181 min.)

It tells the legend of King Arthur from the point of view of the women of Avalon who, with their supernatural powers, try to manipulate the fate of the Knights of the Round Table. It is interesting to see in this film the transition from paganism to Christianity.


Lutero, by Eric Till (112 min.)

This film tells the story of Martin Luther, a German priest who founded the Protestant Church, who, after almost being struck by lightning, decided to join the Church, but, in the face of the abuses of Catholicism in the 17th century, he decided to fight for more justice for the faithful.

Caravaggio, de Derek Jarman (93 min.)

Film that tells the biography of the painter Michelangelo Caravaggio. Through brilliant work with colors and lights, the director manages to translate the artist’s violent and restless personality into images.


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