Henrique Campos

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Henrique Xavier de Oliveira Campos (born February 9, 1909 in Santarém , † December 18, 1983 in Lisbon ) was a Portuguese actor and film director .


Even as a schoolboy he played theater, and as a high school student led the theater group of his Catholic community association. In 1931 he came to Lisbon and was able to celebrate his stage debut as a professional actor in the play Um Bragança (by Vasco Mendonça Alves), with the theater group Companhia de Alves da Cunha , at the Politeama Theater . Other roles followed at the Teatro Politeama and later at the Teatro Avenida . In 1938 he played for the first time in a movie, in Os Fidalgos da Casa Mourisca by the former UFA actor Arthur Duarte . Fascinated by the cinema, he went to Spain to u. a. to assist with the directors Benito Perojo and Florián Rey . He then returned to Portugal to make his first film as a director. Shooting of Um Homem no Ribatejo ("A Man in the Ribatejo ") began in 1943, and after some difficulties it premiered in 1946 (at the Teatro Politeama ).

This was followed by a series of films devoted to the folkloric ribatejo, the comedies in the style of the Portuguese box office hits of the 1930s and 1940s, and other varieties of entertainment film. His 1958 film O Homem do Dia ("The Man of the Day"), about the then popular cyclist Alves Barbosa , was the first Portuguese film in Cinemascope .

He continued to devote himself to the commercial entertainment film, but the end of the heyday of Portuguese film and the steadily decreasing number of visitors increasingly limited his possibilities. After the Carnation Revolution in 1974 he moved to the USA and worked there primarily as a producer, without achieving any major success. His last project idea, to make a film about Portuguese immigration to the USA, could no longer be realized.



MOVIE POSTER O Homem do Dia (1958)
  • 1946: To Hohem do Ribatejo
  • 1947: Reina santa
  • 1949: Campões do Mundo
  • 1949: Ribatejo
  • 1949: Rainha Santa
  • 1950: Catraia do Porto
  • 1950: Candeeiro da Esquina
  • 1950: Canção Serrana
  • 1950: Cantiga da Rua
  • 1950: Canção Fadista
  • 1953: Duas Causas
  • 1953: Rosa da Alfama
  • 1954: Quando o Mar Galgou a Terra
  • 1957: Perdez-se around Marido
  • 1958: O Homem do Dia
  • 1959: A Luz Vem do Alto
  • 1962: Férias ... Num Lugar ao Sol
  • 1964: Pão, Amor e ... Totobola
  • 1964: A Canção da Saudade
  • 1968: Estrada da Vida
  • 1969: O Ladrão de Quem se Fala
  • 1970: O Destino Marca a Hora
  • 1970: A Maluquinha da Arroios
  • 1972: Os Touros de Mary Foster
  • 1978: It Happened in Hollywood


  • 1959: Ribatejo
  • 1959: A Luz Vem do Alto
  • 1964: Los gatos negros
  • 1969: O Ladrão de Quem se Fala
  • 1971: La araucana (German title "The Conquistador" and also "Legions of Death")


  • 1938: Os Fidalgos da Casa Mourisca
  • 1940: Pão Nosso
  • 1953: Rosa de Alfama


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. http://cinema.sapo.pt/pessoa/henrique-campos/biografia  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / cinema.sapo.pt  
  2. Jorge Leitão Ramos: Dicionário do cinema português 1962 - 1988 , 1st edition, Editorial Caminho, Lisbon 1989, page 72
  3. ^ A.Murtinheira & I. Metzeltin: History of Portuguese Cinema , 1st edition, Praesens Verlag, Vienna 2010, page 82
  4. http://www1.uni-hamburg.de/clpic/tematicos/cinema/realizadores/campos_henrique.html
  5. Jorge Leitão Ramos: Dicionário do cinema português 1962 - 1988 , 1st edition, Editorial Caminho, Lisbon 1989, page 72f