(aka "Recollections of the Yellow House" )


directed by João César Monteiro
Portugal 1989


Lisbon, 1989: A middle-aged poor devil lives in a room in a cheap family boarding house, in the old section of the city by the river. Tormented by illness various adversities, the idiot, who feed on Schubert and maybe on a vague militancy to cinema as a form of resitance to misery, is kicked out on his ass, following a frustrated attampt against the virtuousness of the landlady's daughter. Alone, deprived of any resources, he is confronted by the harshness of the city and is interned in an asylum, from which the will emerge upon his considered decision as a free man, to fulfil a "rich and strange" mission, pointed out by an old friend, a mental patient like himself: "Go, and make them sweat!..." And between ourselves, laughing always, so he has done.


Theatrical Release: October 12th, 1989

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DVD Review: Madragoa Filmes / Gemini Films (Disc 5 - 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 120'

1:1,37 (4:3) Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.02 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, Portugese
Subtitles English, Portuguese, French, Spanish and none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Madragoa Filmes / Gemini Films

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1:1,37 (4:3)

Edition Details:
• Short film
• Special features:
• Interviews
• On JCM's work
• Trailer
• Award in Venice
• Troias's Festival
• JCM as an Actor
• Photos
• Poster
• Filmography
• Credits

DVD Release Date: 2003
Amaray (part of 11 DVD box set)

Chapters 14






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.

Very film-like image with excellent contrast. As the films continue to get younger- the quality improves. This image has some sharpness and true colors. Possibly the best image yet from the collection.



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