Sunday, August 10, 2014
Due to a print traffic issue, this screening has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Pinto served as a producer on the late Monteiro’s masterpiece, a landmark of Portuguese cinema. This singularly morbid and perverse comedy chronicles the misadventures of João de Deus (played by Monteiro himself), a grizzled, depressive bachelor who lives in a seedy boarding house run by a tyrannical landlady. Equal parts Chaplin’s Little Tramp and Dostoevsky’s Underground Man, João battles possibly imaginary bedbugs and indulges his erotic fetishes while ruminating on illness and the prospect of death. Amid the deadpan hijinks and bleakly absurdist perspective, the director’s musical way with sound and image is evident everywhere.