directed by João César Monteiro
Portugal 1981


The plot of the film is taken from two traditional Portuguese tales: A Donzela que Vai a Guerra ("The Maiden Who Went to War" 15th Century?), of Judo-Iberian origin, and novella, The dead one's hand, orally transmitted, which forms part of Bluebird cycle. Don Rodrigo has to daughters, one legitimate, the other bastard, Silvia and Susana. Growing old, and without male heir, Dom Rodrigo decides to marry off Silvia to his neighbour, a rich nobleman, Dom Paio, with the aim of securing and expanding his domain. After a brief visit from the fiancé, a great glutton and skirt-chaser, Dom Rodrigo leaves for the court to invite the king to the nuptials. Upon his departure, he instructs not to open the doors of the mansion to any stranger. One day a pilgrim arrives, requesting hospitality, and Silvia disobeying her father's orders admits the stranger...


Theatrical Release: May 6th, 1982

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DVD Review: Madragoa Filmes / Gemini Films (Disc 3 (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 118'

1:1,37 (4:3) Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.42 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 and none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Madragoa Filmes / Gemini Films

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

Edition Details:
• Special features:
• Interviews
• Photos
• Posters
• Filmography
• Credits

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

Chapters 16






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

As we progress in chronological production time the colors are becoming more vibrant and sharpness bounces up a notch. It appears to be fairly pure and progressively transferred. There are some good extras including more interviews. Some beautiful photography in this film.



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