Category Archives: Magazines

Atual (from the weekly newspaper “Expresso”) – “50 séries que toda a gente deve ver” (23 to 30/03/2013)



A very peculiar magazine that I’m showing you comes from the weekly newspaper Expresso: “Atual”, the mass-media and cultural magazine. On one of its editions from 23th to 30th March 2013, a 14-page article written by Alexandra Carita, António Loja Neves, Francisco Ferreira, Jorge Leitão Ramos and Vasco Baptista Marques stood out: “50 séries que toda a gente deve ver”

As the title says, the objective of the article was to choose, according to several methods and paterns, the 50 TV-series that stand out the most: from its cinematographic quality to the original screenplay and from the hability to change our point of views on watching TV as well as the impact they created in Portugal (and in some cases, worldwide), as also trying to include all genres and eras (two exceptions: the oldest series included in the list, “Les vampires”, shown at cinemas back in 1915, a time when television had not been invented and “Shoah”, a film documentary that was seen in a few countries as a TV-series before being in the cinemas back in 1985)

An example of a series’ review in the magazine’s article:


Almost all the series got a critique of this size, exception made to five of them (in order of the years that were first seen in their native country: Scener ur ett äktenskap”, “Berlin Alexanderplatz”, “Twin Peaks”, “24” and “A Game of Thrones”) that got a more expansive critique

Here’s the list of “the 50 TV-series that everyone must see“, according to the critics in that article:


Reproducing the list, but with their original titles:

All in all, a highly ecletic list with some interesting series from various countries and also with thoughtfull points of view from the six journalists who wrote this article, without missing much detail about each series’ artistic and technical attributes

Just a pity that other series that also fit the criterias established on the article weren’t there like “The Flinstones” (USA, 19601966), “Bewitched” (USA, 19641972), “All in the Family” (USA, 19711979), “Happy Days” (USA, 19741984), “Holocaust” (USA, 1978),  “Malu Mulher” (Brazil, 19791980), “Verano azul” (Spain, 19811982), “27 Jump Street” (USA, 19871992), etc…. and then, they could have compiled them and much more into a bigger list of, let’s say, the 100 TV-series that everyone must see

I’d reccomend this list to television-goers and to the ones that like to watch TV-series the most, even if you don’t like some of the series from the list

As last treat, here’s an excerpt of one of the two series from Portugal that made it to the list (taken from a documentary about the portuguese cinema):

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)


Sábado – n. 416 (19 to 25/04/2012)



A special edition of a magazine is the central discussion of this post: Sábado (a portuguese weekly news magazine at the likes of Time (USA weekly news magazine)‘s #416, printed and commercial released for the week of 19th to 25th April 2012, whose importance was to celebrate the 38th anniversary of the 1974 Carnational Revolution

For this week’s number, the most notable fact is that the normal graphics of the magazine were replaced by a reproduction of what could have been a magazine of that type in 1974

Eventhough a few articles were still about the latest news of the week of 2012, a big majority were about the 70’s: from trends to news, from comparsions with later decades in certain aspects to memories of famous names from the decade, from music to television etc…

As an example, I’ll post in here two scanned images of that week’s edition of the magazine of some of my favourite articles:


The first one is a comparsion between the 70’s and 2012 in economic terms: we find out that Portugal had the most expensive use of gasoline back in 1974, had the biggest average of people drinking in Europe back in 1972 and that the consume of electricity that reflects on the bill went up to 35% back in 1978. A few things, though, are the same on both times, such as the rising of the ticket prices to go to the subway, the consume of beef going down by 0,7% and the car sales going down by more than 20%


The second one talks about RTP‘s programming back in 1971, 1975 and 1979: one of the most important topics in the article were the fact that Isabel Wolmar, famous TV and radio presenter back then, commented one day during a 1971 edition of the news magazine “Telejornal” that the cue cards were “as long and boring as a beltfish”. It wasn’t supposed to be heard live, but as she forgot to turn off the microphone, the audience clearly heard her rant that night

The next one was 1975, in a time when Portugal ‘s newfound democracy was a recurring topic in the mass-media. In the day of the constituent assembly elections (25th April 1975), Carlos Cruz (presenter and director of RTP‘s programming at the time) said that, during the 36 hours he was in the TV studio before, during and after the preparations of the elections and the live transmission of the elections itself, he only went to the bathroom once

The last one is about 1979: Estrela Serrano, journalist and presenter of the regional news programme “Pais, pais”, has affirmed later on that she recieved a lot of letters from male fans and admirers, both passionate and also… pornographic. A big highlight in RTP 1‘s programming was also the original seen and made 1977 brazilian soap-opera, “O astro”, aired in Portugal from October 1978 to June 1979. So big, so big… that, in the last week of its transmission, RTP 2 created a four part debate show dedicated to it and to the impact of the brazilian soap-operas transmitted up to that point (“O astro” em debate”) presented by journalist Ricardo Pais and featuring as guests intelectual people such as Jaime Gama, Eduardo Prado Coelho and Maria Belo

In a way, a wonderful number of the weekly news magazine Sábado, recommended for those who like history (whether it’s general or whether it’s about a particular sectory) and general culture

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)

Fotogramas (Spain) – nr. 2027, September edition (2012)


In Portugal, the only cinema magazine is the portuguese version of american cinema magaine Empire (the portuguese versions of the french magazine Première and american magazine Total Film have since then stopped without even a warning). But it’s a cinema magazine from Spain that I’m focusing now: Fotogramas, the oldest cinema magazine in the country (it was first concieved in 1946 as a weekly magazine and even had TV-schedules at one time. Nowadays, it’s solely a monthly cinema magazine) and with a look similiar to the magazines I refered and yet a very impressive one. In this case, we’ll look back to the most recent edition, the September 2012 one, with Brad Pitt as the cover of the magazine

Besides the latest movie releases for cinemas in Spain, as well as DVD/Blu-Ray releases in there and some infos concerning future movies, there a few articles which caught my interest:

– In the “Cinefila” section, an hommage comparsion of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, two “giants” in the history of cinema from the “musicals” category. They are compared in five categories: their childhood, their hits movies, their dancing pairs, their carrer out of the musicals and their last days. It rightly caught my sight

– The article “La redacción viaja al futuro” (“The editorial staff travels to the future”) where some movies are remembered such as “Blade Runner”, “Planet of the Apes” (original 1968 version with Charlton Heston), “La jetée”, “Acción mutante” or even “Wall-E”. This also caught my attention, eventhough there were also other movies about the future that they did forget

– Another article, “No… sin mi estrella” (“Not… without my star”), this time looking back at some of the most famous collaborations between one person and another, mostly between a director and an actor. For example: Josef von Sternberg/Marlene Dietrich, John Ford/John Wayne, François Truffaut/Jean-Pierre Léaud, Akira Kurosawa/Toshiro Mifune, Ingmar Bergman/Liv Ullmann, Federico Fellini/Marcello Mastroianni, Werner Herozg/Klaus Kinski, Tim Burton/Johnny Depp, etc… certainly the highlight of this magazine’s edition

– And finally the last page of the magazine, “Fotogramas: Flashback”, in which an old edition is reviewed. The edition in question was the one from 6th October 1950, n. 99, with Jane Wyman (known, among other things, as the matriach of the 80’s TV-series, “Falcon Crest”) in the cover. At the time, Kirk Douglas was on the verge of a divorce from his first wife, Diana; while Piper Laurie (known for being in “The Hustler” (1961), “Carrie” (1976) and “Children of a Lesser God” (1986) was becoming a star at the young age of 16. Photo-scenes of the movie “Royal Wedding” were shown while the magazine announced that Jane Powell would pair up with Fred Astaire (after other candidates such as Judy Garland refused to do it so), while it was also announced that spanish singers Lola Flores and Manolo Caracol would star in a movie predominantly “folkloric” (“La niña de la venta”, directed by Ramón Torrado)

All in all, I liked it and I’d reccomend this magazine to movie-goers and readers that love to read magazines from other countries rather than its own country for its content and precise-ness

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)

Visão História (2008-present)


Visão História is a tri-monthly (sometimes four-monthly or a bit more) magazine that extensively goes into a certain theme each magazine: from facts to figures, some interviews and even analysis are what you can find in this non-stop collection

The first release of the magazine on May 2008 coincided with the 40th anniversary of the May 1968 protests in France and was titled “1968  O ano que não acabou” (“1968  The year that never ended“). This release not only did speak of the earlier mentioned event, but other events that enrolled throughout that year (the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia, the Marcelist Spring in Portugal, etc…)

Since then, 16 volumes have been released:

01: “1968 – O ano que não acabou(theme: 1968)
02: “A queda de Salazar e a “Primavera Marcelista(theme: 19681974’s Marcelist Spring)
03: “Cuba  50 (cinquenta) anos de revolução(theme: Cuba and Fidel Castro’s government)
04: “Iª Guerra Mundial  Portugal nas trincheiras(theme: World War I and Portugal’s participation)
05: “E o Homem chegou à Lua(theme: the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969)
06: “O muro de Berlim e a Guerra Fria(theme: the fall of Berlin wall and its consequences)
07: “Portugal há 100 anos(theme: the end of the monarchy days and the begining of the constitutional republic days in Portugal)
08: “Portugal e a IIª Guerra Mundial(theme: World War II and Portugal’s life during those years)
09: “1975: O verão quente” (theme: the Carnation Revolution of 25th April 1974 and its repercussions)
10: “41 (Quarenta e uma) grandes figuras da Iª República(theme: the 1st portuguese republic and a look at 41 influential persons of that time)
11: “Conspirações contra o Regime(theme: the 19261974 portuguese dictatorship)
12: “Angola 1961: o começo da Guerra Colonial(theme: the 19611974 portuguese colonial war)
13: “Invasões francesas: os anos que abalaram Portugal(theme: the french invasions of Portugal and the Peninsular War)
14: “A queda da Índia Portuguesa(theme: the end of the Portuguese State of India (in 1961)
15: “As crises do Capitalismo(theme: Capitalism in Portugal (and the crises through the years)
16: “Portugueses nos Jogos Olímpicos(theme: Summer Olympic Games and Portugal’s participation in the games)

The 16th magazine of the collection is the most recent release which saw the light of day last month (June 2012) and it reflects the theme of Portugal‘s participation in the Summer Olympic Games, whose focus goes to some names as Francisco Lázaro (competed in the marathon of the 1912 games… only to pass away the day after as a result of a insolation (he didn’t complete his run when that happened)… and maybe more, as the magazine reveals what more could have really happened)Carlos Lopes (known for his gold medal in the marathon at the 1984 games) and Rosa Mota (known for her gold medal in the marathon at the 1988 games), among other topics

All in all, a magazine collection that should be treasured for its historical value, especially the ones from the 20th century, a century I love the most in the universal history

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)