Archive of films The Old Soldier´s Ballad / A Cobra Fumou

2002, 94 min

Section: New Brazilian Documentary
Year: 2002

In February 2000 a film crew set out for Italy in search of Brazilian war veterans who fought, primarily, at Monte Castello and Montessa. During World War Two 24,000 Brazilian troops fought in Italy, where they faced German units and the harsh European winter.


Twenty-four thousand Brazilian troops fought in Italy during World War Two. The biggest battles took place at Monte Castello and during the taking of Montessa. Brazilian soldiers had to face tough German units but also the harsh European winter. The film records the reminiscences of several who survived, among them telegraph operator Miguel Pereira (who remained in Italy after the war), important artist Carlos Scliar, journalist Joel Silveira and General Meira Mattos. In February 2000 the film crew set out for Italy to seek out remaining Brazilian war veterans.

About the director

Vinícius Reis has shot two shorts: A Rose Is a Rose and Wastefulness, and the documentaries Gentileza – The Prophet’s Life and We from the Hill. The Old Soldier´s Ballad is his first feature-length movie, his tribute to Brazilian heroes of World War Two.

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: New Brazilian Documentary
Director: Vinícius Reis
Screenplay: Vinícius Reis
Dir. of Photography: Marcelo Guru Duarte
Music: Ubirajara Cabral
Editor: Mariana Barsted, André Lozzano
Producer: Erik de Castro, Christian de Castro
Production: BSB Cinema

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