Cinematography and Television: Differences and Similarites

  • Adriano Nazareth Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP) School of the Arts, Portuguese Catholic University


Television and Cinema present specific behaviour and language in relation to reality. If film focuses on its proximity to artistic practices, and this reflects the viewer’s relationship with the film, television, in turn, seeks in directness or the transposition of the real to the imaginary, the key to its success, the audience. We all see the possibilities that television has for viewers. Even those most aware of the various con- straints, and who claim themselves to be not influenced, come under the hypnotic power of the television screen. The quality of the programming continues to decline, succumbing to the claim that television channels have to get into the audience “ratings”.


Fréderic Bichon – Diário Notícias 1994-04-01.

LUMIÈRE (Louis) – Inventor of cinematography, first films made (documentaries) – “Workers leaving the Lumière factory” – “Baby’s Breakfast” – “Arrival of a Train”, 1885.

MÉLIÈS (Georges) – “Creator of the mise en scène” – director from 1886/1914 – “Card Party” – “The Ballet Master’s Dream” – “A Trip to the Moon” – “Gulliver’s Travels” – “The Impossible Voyage”.

GREENAWAY (Peter) – “The Cook, the Thief, his Wife & her Lover”, 1989 – “TV Dante”, 1989 – “Prospero’s Books” – “The Baby of Macon”, 1993. Directed by Adriano Nazareth.

MOSCARIELO (Angelo): “Como Ver Um Filme” – Translation: Conceição Jardim and Eduardo Nogueira – Editorial Presença, Lda., Lisbon, 1985.