(aka "Snow White" )


directed by João César Monteiro
Portugal 2000


Robert Walser picks up the story where Grimm left off. At the hands of the poet, the characters are given a free rein, even to the extent of poking fun at the tale. How presumptuous of the prince to have disturbed Snow White in her beauty sleep, to have kissed her (something she will forever deny) and removed her from her glass casket in order to restore her to life, i.e., in order to possess her in the flesh. If Snow White would rather die or return to the land of her dwarfs, it may be because she doubts the goodwill of her stepmother. After all, didn't she try and poison her? When Snow White was rescued by the prince and thereby restored to life did not the queen, thanks to her kisses, incite the hunter to knife her? And here we have the prince and the young girl, as pure as her name implies - evoking for us Walser's own death in the snow - terrified by the bestial scene they witness between the queen and the hunter. The man is on top of the woman and their posture seems to the two young innocents amazingly brutal. Oh night, shrouded by the moon, is it snow yet?


Theatrical Release: September 4th, 2000 - Venice Film Festival

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DVD Review: Madragoa Filmes / Gemini Films (Disc 10 - 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 75'

1:1,37 (4:3) Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.16 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 SR, Portuguese
Subtitles English, Portuguese, French, Spanish, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Madragoa Filmes / Gemini Films

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1:1.37 (4:3)

Edition Details:
• Special features:
• Interviews
• On JCM's Work
• Interview with JCM
• Trailer
• Premiere
• Cartoon Augusto Cid
• Poster
• Filmography
• Credits

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

Chapters 10






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.

Yes, the film is a lot of clouds and is filled with transcendent qualities. "Snow White" is somewhat controversial having only a recital of Snow White over the black screen with sporadically flashing images of clouds and some unrecognizable ruinous features, still much of a debate if it qualifies as film or a hoax. Image is very good with some minor film grain showing through. True contrast and colors accented by more bountiful extras. Super DVD !



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