(aka "God's Comedy" )


directed by João César Monteiro
Portugal 1995


Joao de Deus spends his days quietly. He divides his time between his job at the Paradise Ice Cream Parlour where, to everyone's satisfaction and delight, he not only carries his duties as manager, but also invents the house-specialty, the renowned "Paradise" ice-cream; and his home, where he invariably spends his free time alone, either doing the housework or lovingly going through his collection of female, pubic hairs in a treasured album which he calls his Book of Thoughts...


Theatrical Release: September 1995 - Venice Film Festival

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DVD Review: Madragoa Filmes / Gemini Films (Disc 7 (Part of 11 DVD set)) - Region 0 - PAL

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Only Available in the João César Monteiro Boxset:



Madragoa Filmes / Gemini Films

Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 165'

1:1,66 (16:9( Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.75 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Mono, Portuguese
Subtitles English, Portuguese, French, Spanish, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Madragoa Filmes / Gemini Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1:1,66 (16:9)

Edition Details:
• Short films:
• Special features:
• Interviews
• Trailer
• JCM on
• Awards In Venice
• Premiere
• Photos
• Posters
• Filmography
• Credits

DVD Release Date: January 27th, 2004
Amaray case (part of 11 DVD box set)

Chapters 20






Like all others in the "The Complete João César Monteiro" Boxset this DVD has original audio and optional English, French, Spanish or Portuguese subtitles. All appear to have an original aspect ratio image that is un-manipulated from the print source.

Dark, un-altered image that still exhibits some hazy qualities. Overall quite acceptable with a true color scheme. More interviews and valued extras including the award ceremony from Venice.



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