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João César Monteiro : The Complete Collection - 11 DVD Boxset


directed by João César Monteiro
Portugal / France


Condemned to be ambulant myth ever since his blooming years (having been christened Fernando Lopes as "the Rimbaud of Portuguese cinema"), and later taking to it through heteronymic effect, João César Monteiro presses upon the indigenous cinematography a fingerprint only to be blotted out by those encephalons that bow down to the Beautiful and Sublime - as they where expectorated by the Dostoyevsky of "Notes from the Underground". On such luminaries a meteor, an elf (a sickly elf), comes crashing down from other stratospheres...

excerpt by Victor Silva Tavares




Theatrical Releases: 1969-2003

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DVD Review: Madragoa Filmes / Gemini Films (21 films including shorts) - Region 2 - PAL

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Madragoa Filmes / Gemini Films

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1480'

17 films as 1:1.37 (4:3) / 4 films as 1:1.66 (16:9) Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Audio 18 films in Mono Portuguese, 1 film in Dolby SR and 2 films with Dolby SRD
Subtitles English, Portuguese, French, Spanish, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Madragoa Filmes / Gemini Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 17 films as 1:1.37 (4:3) / 4 films as 1:1.66 (16:9)

Edition Details:
• Films:
• Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen 1969, He Goes Long Barefoot... 1970
• Fragments of an Alms-Film 1972, What Shall I Do With This Sword? 1975
• Paths 1977, Silvestere 1981, Hovering Over the Water 1986,
• Recollections of the Yellow House 1989, the Last Dive 1992,
• God's Comedy 1995, the Hipps of J.W. 1997, the Spousals of God 1998,
• Snow White 2000, Come and go 2002 and other shorts.
• The whole set has only one booklet.
• Each disc contains: Interviews and comments from actors, people involved with films, other directors
• Filmography, photos, posters, audio interviews are also included in extras.

DVD Release Date: 2003
Box including 11 Amaray single cases.

Chapters 174 in total



Within many DVD box sets being available worldwide one can only count very few that might be suggested as "essential" to own, or even be given as an ultimate gift to someone who cherishes "true cinema". Among them one could list MK2 complete works of Truffaut, TVP/ Warner Bros. Poland and it's stunning edition of Kieslowski's "Dekalog", Sino-Movie's release of Hou Hsiao-Hsien early works from 1983-1986, perhaps Asmik's Teshigahara's set, as well many superb Criterion's sets of Dreyer, Cassavetes, Bergman, Cocteau etc. I would think that I've omitted many others that might be listed with admiration. None are as superb in my humble opinion as is Madragoa/Gemini "The Complete João César Monteiro" It's a massive release, truly overlooked in past few years, containing every film that the champion of Portuguese cinema has left us to enjoy for many years to come. Without a doubt it's a great way to introduce oneself to his oeuvre, from early very poetic short pieces to his late masterpieces. Save for it if you can, get it while it's available and make your own Monteiro's retrospective at home. Lastly thanks to Madragoa/Gemini for this gem.

 - Rob Janik














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