Madame Sata

Madame Sata

Director: Karim Aïnouz

Cast: Karim Aïnouz, Lazaro Ramos, Marcelia Cartaxo, Flavio Bauraqui

     
 
This biographical drama, which tells the story of one of Brazil's most notorious female impersonators, gets a well-appointed presentation on DVD. Madame Satã has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.66:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1.

Overview

This biographical drama, which tells the story of one of Brazil's most notorious female impersonators, gets a well-appointed presentation on DVD. Madame Satã has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.66:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1. The dialogue is in Portuguese, with optional subtitles in English and Spanish. Bonus materials include an alternate commentary track from director Karim Aïnouz, a short documentary on the making of the film, and a gallery of production stills.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Todd Kristel
This movie has plenty of atmosphere. It's set in the underbelly of 1930s Rio, populated by small-time hustlers who wear period clothing and listen to period music, shot with a high-contrast, bleached-out, and sepia-toned look, and dominated by a larger than life character. Lazaro Ramos demonstrates a commanding screen presence as Joao Francisco dos Santos (aka "Madame Satã"). It's a tricky role to pull off without chewing too much scenery, but Ramos does an impressive job of seeming natural as this lithe but tough-as-nails character who always seems to have an undercurrent of rage simmering beneath (and sometimes bubbling over) the surface. The movie seems more like an impressionistic snapshot of a period in Joao's life than a full-fledged biography; the individual scenes aren't interwoven to form a tight narrative and the movie ends before Joao even becomes a star, which makes the story line seem somewhat truncated. It's not fully satisfying as a story because of this, and it doesn't get enough into Jao's head to be fully satisfying as a character study either.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2004
UPC:
0720917540924
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Lorber
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:45:00

Special Features

Audio commentary with director Karim Aïnouz; Making-of featurette; "Seams" short documentary

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lazaro Ramos João Francisco dos Santos, AKA Madame Satã
Marcelia Cartaxo Laurita
Flavio Bauraqui Taboo
Felippe Marques Renatinho
Emiliano Querioz Amador
Renata Sorrah Vitoria dos Anjos

Technical Credits
Karim Aïnouz Director,Screenwriter
Sacha Ambak Score Composer
Marc Beauchamps Producer
Laurent Bocahut Associate Producer
Philip Brooks Associate Producer
Walter Carvalho Cinematographer
Aloysio Compasso Sound/Sound Designer
Isabela Monteiro de Castro Editor
Isabel Diegues Producer
Vincent Maraval Producer
Rita Murtinho Costumes/Costume Designer
Marcos Pedroso Production Designer
Mauricio Andrade Ramos Producer
Donald Ranvaud Producer
Juliette Renaud Producer
Walter Salles Producer
Marcos Suzano Score Composer
Dominique Welinski Associate Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. May 12, 1932 [2:31]
2. Sultan's Tale [3:06]
3. Street Life [4:37]
4. Extended Family [1:32]
5. New Aspirations [2:03]
6. A Proposition [5:10]
7. Costly Mistake [1:49]
8. Breaking Point [3:09]
9. Born an Outlaw [8:15]
10. A Close Encounter [3:41]
11. Honor [2:04]
12. The High Life [4:52]
13. Wild Animal [5:20]
14. On the Run [6:19]
15. The Big House [2:43]
16. First Day Out [3:50]
17. Bad News [4:00]
18. Job Offer [3:49]
19. Celebration [4:25]
20. Dreams of Success [4:09]
21. Encore [5:06]
22. Closing Argument [3:54]
23. Final Word [2:10]
24. Madame Satã [10:32]

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