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Le bassin de J.W. (1997)

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 ... See full summary »

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August Strindberg (text "Coram Populo" and "Petit Cathécisme à l'usage de la classe inférieure"), Pier Paolo Pasolini (text "Descriptions de descriptions") | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugues Quester ... Jean de Dieu, Lucifer
Pierre Clémenti ... Paul, Henrique
Joana Azevedo Joana Azevedo ... Catarina, Ariane
Jean Watan Jean Watan ... Henrique, João de Deus
João César Monteiro ... Dieu, Max Monteiro (as João) (as o Obsucuro)
Manuela de Freitas Manuela de Freitas ... Puta
Graziella Delerm Graziella Delerm ... Marianne
Luís Pavão Luís Pavão ... Critico de Teatro
Alexandre Melo Alexandre Melo ... Jornalista da tê-que-não-vê
Myriam Szabo Myriam Szabo ... Bailarina
Pipo Tartaglia Pipo Tartaglia ... Violonista Cego
Mariya Makhanko Mariya Makhanko ... Uriel (as Marie Makhanko)
Inês Barros Inês Barros ... Egyn
Sofia Sousa Sofia Sousa ... Amaimon
Gracinda Nave ... Outros Anjos e Arcanjos, Samael
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Storyline

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. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

Portugal | France

Language:

French | Portuguese

Release Date:

29 October 1997 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Biodra Johna Wayne'a See more »

Filming Locations:

Lisbon, Portugal

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Dolby Digital

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Color
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References Every Man for Himself (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Alexandre Nevsky
Music by Sergei Prokofiev
Performed by Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Claudio Abbado
Ediçion Deutsche Grammophon
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boring, awful and dated
9 November 2006 | by Andy-296See all my reviews

A horrible movie. This static, stagy, talky film (filmed play would be a better term) works out as something akin to a blasphemous religious play. The late Portuguese director Joao Cesar Monteiro, who plays "god" here, seems to think that his anti-religious, amoral ideas are very fresh, but de Sade wrote better (whatever one might think of him) more than two centuries ago. He's not even a Buñuel, whose irreligious movies could be infinitely more smart. There's also room for Monteiro's cinephilia in the movie (the J.W. of the title stands for John Wayne and refers to a dream of the iconic actor moving his pelvis in the north pole) but this sort of cinephilia is terribly dated too.


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