(aka "The Hips of J.W." )


directed by João César Monteiro
Portugal 1997


Following a performance of the Coram Populo mystery, which precedes August Strindberg's Inferno, the director of the play (Jean de Dieu), comes across a look-alike of the actor who had incarnated the figure of God (Max Monteiro). The intruder claims his name is Henrique and presents himself as a retired sea-dog, just passing by before he goes on to fulfil his old dream, to see his childhood hero John Wayne swing his hips ever so gracefully on the North Pole.


Theatrical Release: September 9th, 1997 - Toronto Film Festival

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DVD Review:  (Disc 8 - Part of 11 DVD set) - Region 0 - PAL

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Only Available in the João César Monteiro Boxset:



Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 134'

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

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.77 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 Dolby SRD, 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:
• Special features:
• Interviews
• On JCM's Work
• Audio Interview with JCM
• Trailer
• Photos
• Poster
• Letter by: Jean-Marie Straub & Daniele Huillet
• Filmography
• Credits

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

Chapters 18





Comments 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.

This DVD has a brilliant filmic image with good colors, contrast and sharpness. Stacked with more detailed extras - this may be the best image in the collection. It is as pure as one might expect from a film. Bravo!



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