João César Monteiro
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João Vuvu, a widower with no family, except for a son who is serving time for dual murder and armed bank robbery, lives alone in his own, large, sunny house that shows signs of wealth in an old neighbourhood of Lisbon
The author shows that we can «see» a movie even if there are not images in the screen: you can «see» what happens following the dialogs and the description of the scenes.
João de Deus receives a suitcase full of money from a Heavenly Messenger, spends it on girls and the good life, only to find real love when he's broke. (imdb)
Two actors performing in Strindberg's "Inferno" as God and Lucifer, find themselves competing in real life as well. One of them, Henrique, has spiritual obsession with John Wayne and his way of walking. He and de Dieu, his fellow actor who plays Lucifer and also directs the Strindberg play, engage in a philosophical and spiritual tug-of-war, especially when they meet an author named God, who has plans for another drama to feature both actors. (Jim Beaver)
Passeio com Johnny Guitar (1995) - Short Film
Monteiro's tribute to Nicholas Ray's "Johnny Guitar".
João de Deus is the manager of an ice-cream shop owned by an ex-prostitute. Through a unmoved desire of perfection, he seeks, through cleansing and purity to attain heaven. The surrounding world, however, does not comply with his decaying vision of lust and decay as a way of achieving his purpose.
It is night and the road down by the river is deserted. Teenager Samuel gazes at the river Tejo intent on committing suicide. Elói, an old sailor, comes over to try and find out what the boy intends to do. Samuel invites him to come with him on his last dive into the river...
Conserva Acabada (1990) - Short Film
João Raposão is trying to make a movie.
Lisbon, 1989. A poor devil, middle aged, lives in a room in cheap lodgings on the old outlying districts of town. Tortured by illness and by several vicissitudes, the idiot - who survives on Schubert and a vague fondness for cinema as a form of resistance to poverty - is thrown out into the street after he tries to seduce the daughter of the owner of the lodgings... Silver Lion at the Venice Festival, "Recollections of the Yellow House" brought renown to the director on an international scale.
Doc lives on the edge of Europe where it imperceptibly slides over into the Third World. As a doctor, he knows that the illness he has contracted ten years before in war-torn Africa is getting worse. The diagnosis is cholera, but Doc Knows the disease's real name: despair. His thoughts about his failed struggle for justice and ideals are drowned regularly in alcohol. (imdb)
Laura Rossellini, a widow from Rome, vacations on the Algarve coast one hot summer. One day while sunbathing, she finds a wounded man named Robert drifting in the surf on a rubber raft. She takes him home, and, after he is revived, learns his story. As they talk, their mutual attraction grows, until a group of armed men suddenly arrives looking for Robert. (imdb)
Don Rodrigo has two daughters, one legitimate, the other bastard, Silvia and Susana. He decides to marry off Silvia to his neighbour, a rich nobleman, with the aim of securing and expanding his domain...
A poetic journey in the heart of Portugal. They were two. A man and a woman that met and traveled down from the Tras-os-Montes to the sea. Legends and steep and rocks, faces and sounds... In the film, the chant of a country's history eight century long is passed on.
Documentary about the political situation in Portugal in the late 60s and early 70s, especially concerning American influence.
Film directors with hand-held cameras went to the streets of Lisbon from April 25 to May 1, 1974, registering interviews and political events of the Portuguese "Carnations Revolution", as that period would be later known.
Maria works in a German umbrella factory as the foreman of the production sector. João Lucas has given up on living a normal life and practically lives in bed, in the midst of green plants. His father expressly desired that his son film this eccentric daily life in 8 mm format. Maria's wages are dilapidated to the last penny by this amateur, monstrous, family movie production.
The tribulations of two friends who, in despair, start begging from door-to-door, and are given a bundle including, literally, a pair of deadman's shoes.