The Art Of Amalia

1999, Movie, NR, 90 mins

If ever anyone earned the title "diva," it was the late singer Amalia Rodrigues, whose international career spanned six decades. Not "diva" in the popular sense of a stuck-up bitch, but diva in the original sense — a goddess of her artform. Born into poverty in 1920 in the Beira Baixa region of Portugal, Rodrigues began singing for neighbors as a four-year-old. As she matured, she specialized in traditional fado ("fate" in Portuguese) songs, characterized by heart-breaking lyrics and melancholy music. Before she was 20, Rodrigues had made her professional debut at one of Lisbon's most popular fado clubs. "The fado demands a dark soul and a s...
Released: 1999 Rated: NR Length: 90 mins

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