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On December 6th of 2016 Catarina Cabral and João Pimenta, class 12th B and their colleagues, within teacher Lígia Luís’s English class and with the cooperation of teacher Lurdes Jesus, told a short story to the students of 7th grade. The story is called “Girls night out”, it is about two best friends who decided to sneak out one night to go to a club and something happened.

Most of the kids understood the story and seemed to enjoy it. At the end of the story, the story tellers and the teachers made them some questions about the story, and they even helped to make a suspect list! It was a good experience.

This is the story that was told:

Girls night out

Isobella and Chloe were two typical American teenage girls. After school they spent all of their time together, watching scary movies, having sleepovers, shopping for new clothes. They liked partying, keeping up with their friends, having fun and just enjoying life. They had no way of knowing the terrible fate that life had in store for them.

One night, Isobella and Chloe decided to have a girls night out. They planned to sneak out to a nightclub as soon as their parents went to sleep. Isobella kissed her parents goodnight and went upstairs to bed. When she thought that everyone had gone to sleep, she took out her cellphone, called her friend Chloe and told her to meet her at the store down the street. Chloe agreed and hung up.

Isobella quietly opened her bedroom window, trying not to wake anyone up. She stepped out onto the windowsill and climbed down the drainpipe. As she walked down the deserted street, she got a strange feeling that she was being watched. The hairs on the back of her picked up. She glanced behind her, but she was alone. When she came to the corner of the store there was nobody around, so she took out her cellphone and called Chloe.

“Ok, I’m at the store”, she said, “ Hurry up”.

“What’s wrong?” replied Chloe.

“I don’t know”, said Isobella, “This just doesn’t feel like other nights. Something’s not right. I´ve got a bad vibe.”

“Stop it. You´re just being paranoid”, Laughed Chloe. “I´ll be there in 2 minutes”.

Isobella hung up the phone, but she could not shake the feeling that someone or something was watching her.

Five minutes later, Chloe turned up and the two girls walked together to the nightclub. The girls were too young to get into the club, but the bouncers never asked for their ID. They strolled inside and pretty soon they were dancing to the music and flirting with guys on the dance floor.

Around 3 A.M., Isobella was chatting to a guy who must’ve been at least 10 years older than her. When suddenly she felt her phone vibrating in her pocket. It was a text message from her ex-boyfriend Anthony. She hadn’t heard from him since they broke up.

The message read: “COME OUTSIDE I´VE GOT A HUGE SURPRISE FOR U”

Curious she looked around and saw Chloe busy talking to some other man. She stepped outside…

She got yet another text message, and it read: “MEET U AROUND THE CORNER OVER BY THE DUMPSTER”

The street was dimly lit and deserted. Isobella had a bad feeling in the pit of her stomach. She told herself she was just being over-cautious.

Inside the club, Chloe was looking for her friend. But no signs of her.

Chloe got a text from Isobella:

“MEET ME OUTSIDE NOW HURRY”

As she got outside she got another text message: “I’M AROUND THE CORNER OVER BY THE DUMPSTER COME WATCH ME SPARKLE”

Chloe followed the directions, crossing the dark and lonely street. When she turned the corner, she was confronted by a horrific sight.

Isobella was hanging upside down in the parking lot. Sparkling Christmas tree lights were wrapped around her ankles. A pool of blood below her. Her body stripped of clothing, revealing deep wounds along her stomach and chest.

Chloe fell to the ground and screamed, people that were at the door of the nightclub heard and came to help.

When they turned the corner and saw Isobella’s bloody corpse hanging in front of them, they were horrified.

The police were called and they questioned Chloe for hours. Still in a state of hysteria, she could barely talk. Sobbing uncontrollably, she told them how she and Isobella had sneaked out that night and gone to the nightclub together. She tried to remember all of the guys that they had flirted with on the dancefloor. They asked her if she knew about anyone who would want to harm Isobella, but she couldn’t think of anyone. As much as she wanted to catch Isobella’s killer, she was no help to the investigation.

During the interrogation, one of the cops grabbed a plastic bag and took out a blood-stained envelope.

  “We found this in your friend’s throat. It’s addressed to you”, said the cop as he handed her the envelope.  

“Chloe” was written across the front. With trembling hands, she took out the piece of paper inside and read it.

The letter read: “Maybe if you stayed in bed like you were supposed to, things like this wouldn’t happen. Don’t go sneaking around at night. Bad things can happen.”

The cops had to grab her before she fainted. An ambulance took Cloe to the hospital and treated her for shock.

When Chloe returned home the next day, she was still shaken. Her parents told her that Isobella’s ex-boyfriend, Antony, had been arrested for the murder. He was later released after checking his alibi. He claimed his phone had been stolen on the day of the murder. The police didn’t rule him out as a suspect in the case, but they didn’t have enough to charge him.letter

Isobella’s murder remained unsolved. Nobody was ever brought to trial for the crime and as time went on, people began to forget about it.

Two years have passed and Chloe had almost managed to forget about the terrible night when her best friend had been savagely murdered.

One night, she called her boyfriend and asked him to meet her at the park. It was about 2 in the morning. She began to walk to the park, but felt a strange presence, just like the one Isobella had told her about, the night she was murdered. She was almost at the park when the feeling came across her, so she let it go. Her phone beeped. It was a text message from her boyfriend.  – “Almost there baby luv u lots”.

It made her feel much better. Her last task was to pass by the store, the park was on the other side. She began to walk but heard something behind her. Immediately she began to run. Her boyfriend got to the park and waited about 15 minutes. At 2:35 AM, he got a text from Chloe: -“Keep walking forward and u will see me”

He did as the text suggested and walked forward. There hanging upside-down from a tree, was the mutilate body of Chloe. Christmas lights were wrapped around her ankles and she was covered in blood.

He called the police and was interrogated all night. The next day, when Chloe’s boyfriend got home, there was a letter waiting for him on his parents’ doorstep. It was stained with small drops of blood. The note inside read: “Don’t go sneaking around at night. Bad things can happen.”

I wish I could tell you that the murders of Isobella and Chloe were solved, but that’s just not the case. Today, the police say the investigation is still ongoing, but they have no new leads.

The murders are rarely spoken about nowadays. They were high profile cases at the time, but due to the strange lack of evidence, people soon forgot about them. Everyone who was involved went on with their lives.

You may be wondering how I know so much about these cases. Well, I’d rather not go into it, considering it’s still an ongoing investigation. If you must know, I was the cop who was assigned to the case. I was the cop who handed Chloe the blood-stained letter. You may also be wondering why the murders were never solved. Well, like I always say: Don’t go sneaking around at night… Bad things can happen…

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3ª edição, 1831

Foi numa madrugada de tempestade à beira do Lago Leman, num ano em que não houve Verão, que Mary Shelley concebeu a história que viria a tornar-se um clássico da literatura mundial.

Encontrando-se na companhia do seu marido, o poeta romântico inglês Percy Shelley, Lord Byron e a companheira deste, Mary tentou responder ao desafiou lançado por Byron aos presentes de se surpreenderem mutuamente inventando histórias de terror. Mary só teve a sua visão já de madrugada, na solidão do seu quarto.

A novela que daí resultou acabaria por ter a sua 1ª edição em 1818, Mary Shellytornando-se um êxito no séc. XIX, ampliado, já no séc. XX, pelas sucessivas adaptações ao cinema.

Mas esta fama cinematográfica acabaria por contribuir para o empobrecimento  da sua mensagem, conduzindo a leituras superficiais, chegando-se ao ponto de identificar o criador com a criatura – Frankenstein passou a designar o monstro para a maioria das pessoas, em vez de nomear aquele que, Moderno Prometeu, desafiou a natureza e Deus com a sua obsessão em criar vida a partir da morte. Assim, a a leitura sugerida pelo subtítulo foi-se de certa forma perdendo na espuma da popularidade.

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Prometeu

De facto, o Moderno Prometeu retoma o mito clássico do ser mortal que rouba o fogo (o conhecimento) aos deuses e que, à semelhança do herói mitológico grego e de Adão e Eva – que tão pouco resistiram à tentação da maçã proibida -, é terrivelmente castigado pelo seu desafio (hybris).

À parte das suas qualidades como novela clássica de terror, Frankenstein, o Prometeu-cientista, é uma riquíssima metáfora intemporal de alguns dos grandes dilemas do homem, tão atual hoje como o foi no tempo da Grécia Clássica – não é difícil encontrar nessa fantasia de madrugada tempestuosa,  já velha de 200 anos, o eco precoce de muitas questões de bioética que se discutem nestes dias: a clonagem humana, a eutanásia, a maternidade de substituição, e outras com as quais ainda nem sonhamos. Embora com muito mais ciência e cautela, continuamos a roubar o fogo aos deuses.

Fernando Rebelo 

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O destaque do mês vai, sem dúvida, para o filme de João Canijo, Sangue do meu sangue. Representa um exemplo do cinema nacional de qualidade, um ótimo filme com excelentes prestações de atores, distinguindo-se Rita Blanco. Também português, é o filme de terror O Barão  de Edgar Pêra, adaptação do livro homónimo de Branquinho da Fonseca. No documentário O meu Raul, de Patrícia Vasconcelos, é possível recordar o saudoso Raul Solnado.

Com uma vasta campanha de promoção, a estreia do mês é  As aventuras de Tintim, o segredo do Licorne, realizado em imagem real por Steven Spielberg e transporto para animação, com captura de movimento em 3D, pelo produtor Peter Jackson. Este primeiro filme de uma trilogia baseia-se nos álbuns O segredo do Licorne e o tesouro de Rackham, o terrível.

São também de destacar os filmes  Submarino de Richard Ayoade, uma agradável surpresa do cinema inglês, o romeno Terça, depois do natal de Radu Muntean e o emocionante Serviçais de Tate Taylor, baseado no bestseller de Kathryn Stockett The Help. Com ação no Mississipi racista dos anos 60, relata  factos verídicos  da luta pelos direitos civis de minorias étnicas.

Nas comédias  distinguiu-se a sátira a 007 com Rowan Atkinson (o impagável Mr. Bean) no  papel de um  espião pouco ortodoxo em O regresso de Johnny English de Oliver Parker .

O romantismo está presente nos filmes A lista dos Ex de Mark Mylod, Românticos Anónimos de Jean Pierre Améris e Não sei como ela consegue de Douglas McGrath.

Do conjunto de filmes de terror fazem parte  Medo profundo em 3D de David R. Ellis,  Contágio de Steven Soderbergh,  Não tenhas medo do escuro  de  Troy Nixey e Atividade Paranormal 3 de Ariel Schulman e Henry Joost.

A merecer alguma atenção Identidade secreta de John Singleton, A outra verdade de Ken Loach, o brasileiro No meu lugar de Eduardo Valente, Incendies – a mulher que canta de Denis Villeneuve, Pater de Alain Cavalier e a nova versão do  famoso clássico de Alexandre Dumas, agora em 3D,  Os três mosqueteiros   de W.S.Anderson.

Quanto a estreias, termino com a referência ao documentário sobre o emblemático cabaret parisiense Crazy Horse de Frederick Wiseman, também apresentado na abertura do Doclisboa 2011. Nesta edição, o vencedor  do Grande Prémio da Cidade de Lisboa  foi a obra de Gonçalo Tocha  É na terra não é na lua, filmada na ilha açoriana do Corvo.

Ainda em Lisboa, os apreciadores do cinema alemão  podem usufruir de sessões gratuitas na biblioteca do Goethe Institut, quinzenalmente, a partir das 19:30 e, de 4 a 13 novembro, realiza-se o Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival. A extensa e preenchida programação poderá ser consultada em http://www.leffest.com.

Uma questão muitas vezes debatida no mundo lusófono é a criação de um mercado comum de cinema. Sérgio Sá Leitão, presidente do festival internacional do Rio de Janeiro, deu o apoio público a  esta iniciativa. A crise  será a justificação para o projeto não avançar?

Infelizmente, em outubro, foi novamente notícia a contínua perseguição a actores e realizadores no Irão. A atriz Marzieh Vafamehr foi condenada a 1 ano de prisão e 90 chibatadas  por ter protagonizado um filmes sobre a situação das mulheres naquele país, enquanto o cineasta Jafar Panahi viu confirmada a condenação a seis anos de prisão e proibição de viajar, realizar filmes e dar entrevistas durante vinte anos.

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Para dar as boas-vindas aos alunos recém chegados à escola, resolvemos fazer um escaparate com algumas das obras de maior êxito da nossa biblioteca, que tem “coisas” de amor, aventura, misteriosas e mesmo… horríveis. Aqui fica a primeira Estante deste ano letivo, já com resultados no terreno: mais de metade dos livros do escaparate já estão na companhia dos nossos leitores :).

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