The Jew

views updated

The Jew ★★ 1996

Portrait of 18th century playwright Antonio Jose da Silva (Pinheiro), whose family was forcibly converted from their Jewish faith by the Catholic Church. Living in Lisbon, da Silva founded a puppet theatre for which he wrote comic operas. Eventually condemned for heresy, he was executed by the Inquisition in 1739. Explicit torture scenes. Portuguese with subtitles. 85m/C VHS . PT Felipe Pinheiro, Dina Sfat, Mario Viegas, Edwin Luisi, Jose Neto; D: Jom Tob Azulay; W: Millor Fernandes, Billy Eckstine, Gilvan Pereira; C: Eduardo Serra.