16 January 2000 | Æthelred
The two external reviews posted on the IMDB site are rather negative, but I enjoyed this movie. A distinguished young Brazilian playwright and his relatives are summoned before the Inquisition in Lisbon and accused of relapsing into Judaism. I have no idea how historically accurate "O Judeu" is, but it's worth seeing for several reasons. The conscientiousness of the trial inquisitor who won't condemn the accused without the proper legal formalities or for improper reasons of state is nicely juxtaposed against the corruption of the bureaucratic chief inquisitor. The sets (particularly the magisterial interiors of various Portuguese palaces) and the costumes are lovely. And it's delightful to hear the differences between spoken continental and Brazilian Portuguese. The latter is music to the ears by dint of its mellifluousness and sensuality, but the former has its own pleasant attributes and elegant lilt. See if you can tell which actors are Brazilian and which are Portuguese.