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Story[ edit ] This melodrama focuses on the conflict between the beautiful light-skinned slave woman Isaura Bianca Rinaldi, originally, Lucelia Santos and her cruel, lecherous master Leoncio Leopold Pacheco in Brazil. The heroine is the year-old daughter of a white father and a mulatto mother. She was born and raised on the coffee plantation of Commander Almeida Rubens de Falco in the village of Goitacaces. Her father, a free laborer, repeatedly begs for her freedom and makes offer after offer to buy her from the commander. Despite promises to set her free one day, every offer is rejected. When commander realizes his fault, it is too late.

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My goodness! Where are the impressions now? Being showed on public television no other existed once a week, the series constituted the oasis of freshness in the desert of Russian propaganda. But that was not the only reason we still consider this soap opera a true social phenomenon.

Why "phenomenon" in Poland? The story of a poor girl who lived the life of a slave in Pre-abolitionist Brazil touched to tears, mesmerized, overwhelmed, simply taught how to live and how to deal with cruelty. People, including youngsters, families and elderly ladies watched the episodes with greatest attention and talked about it through weeks wondering and suggesting what would happen in next episodes.

The emotional debates were heard in buses, trains and streets alike, young mothers named their baby daughters Isaura, crowds of fans flocked to meet the couple Lucelia Santos and Rubens De Falco during their "Polish tour" in May But no one would listen to this voice of reason.

Those were the crazy days of the mids However, when one of the televisions re-released the series twenty years later, a few people got interested to see what is so special about the story that absorbed the society in the s. After seeing the fragments of the soap opera, I came into conclusion that there are three aspects that might have made the series so popular: genuine performances, nicely executed content and Brazil is still one of those most exotic countries for Poland and truly one of the places that is in particular interest.

As far as performances are concerned, the actress who gives a fresh, genuine acting uninfluenced by any fame is Lucelia Santos. She makes her character easy to sympathize with; more to say, a character to identify with. Ms Santos appeared in some other Brazilian soap operas later, but indeed the role of Isaura is the one of hers and for her: innocence, fresh youth and genuine suffering! Rubens De Falco does a splendid job as the villain Leoncio De Almeida who constitutes the idea of character development expressed in soap operas: not much psychology, no ambiguity That is why majority of people loved it since the characters were simple to evaluate.

That is what makes us detest Leoncio the moment we see him. That refers also to supporting cast who do fine jobs in their roles and situations galore but whose characters are also unambiguous. And, finally the content filled with plotting, love affairs, cruelty, jealousy, pardoning, variety of spiritual and mental states You will perhaps think why my comment is more a reflection of why the series was so popular rather than about my own feelings concerning it. Here individual feelings are not that crucial since the personal whisper is bound to give way to common shout.

And now Some people mock, some, perhaps, ignore; others recall it with a few sentimental tears. Nevertheless, boring and dated as it may seem, the "once" phenomenon cannot be denied Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.

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Story[ edit ] The story is set in Brazil in the s, 20 years before the emancipation of slaves. Dona Ester raised her as her own daughter, she is educated and beautiful but very modest. Almost everyone likes her, especially Januaria the cook, who is a mother figure to her, but her master the Comendador is not particularly fond of her and he forbids Dona Ester to let Isaura dine with them as if she were a family member. Another person who hates her is the black slave Rosa who detests the privileged life Isaura leads. He takes a liking to Isaura and tries to seduce her but she resists.

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My goodness! Where are the impressions now? Being showed on public television no other existed once a week, the series constituted the oasis of freshness in the desert of Russian propaganda. But that was not the only reason we still consider this soap opera a true social phenomenon. Why "phenomenon" in Poland? The story of a poor girl who lived the life of a slave in Pre-abolitionist Brazil touched to tears, mesmerized, overwhelmed, simply taught how to live and how to deal with cruelty. People, including youngsters, families and elderly ladies watched the episodes with greatest attention and talked about it through weeks wondering and suggesting what would happen in next episodes.

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