In this highly theatrical TV production, Monteiro again draws on the world of folklore – and, more precisely, on the widespread sexual connotation of the pomegranate – to tell a tale of love, envy, treason and mistaken/double identities.
João César Monteiro (1939-2003) was born in Figueira da Foz, a cosmopolitan beach resort in Portugal and moved to Lisbon at the age of 15 where he continued his studies.
João César Monteiro remains among the most indelible and unusual figures in the history of Portuguese cinema, a visionary and profoundly eccentric filmmaker whose unique contribution to postwar European film is only gradually being recognized today. A cosmopolite imagination tethered by a provincial attachment to Lisbon, a libertine with an obscurely puritanical streak, an unrelenting aesthete guided by an archaic spirit – Monteiro was a deliberately contradictory and difficult artist who obdurately resisted affiliation with any declared “school” of filmmaking. Monteiro dedicated himself instead to a mode of sublimely, and often perversely, high modernism fascinated by a rich undercurrent between the cinema and the other arts – especially poetry, painting, theater, literature and music. Like the films of his… read more
Teatro, Literatura, Música, Pintura e uma história desenhada dos sentimentos vividos na tenra idade, tudo junto e impresso numa "película Cinematográfica". Isto sim é arte.
The ending shot. the final kiss with the two oh-so very young actors. the ending credits. hestnes as a blonde. margarida gil (exquisite director<3) eating chorizo/baloney, the cute gurls painting the sets by hand. the soundtrack. the shots with the horses. princesses, and princes, wooden horses, studio sets, artificiality ftw. loved IT! CÉSAR MONTEIRO és o meu nigga! <3