The Voices and the Invisible Cinema

Joaquim Cantalozella, Marta Negre


The eccentric, controversial figure of João César Monteiro and certain biographical episodes of mental instability are often reflected in his highly unconventional films. This article explores the more irrational facet of the auteur and analyses the links between his work and disorders of the mind. It also addresses questions related to both psychiatry and film, and places the work of the director within the context of the difficulties cinema has encountered in seeking to represent madness. The article finishes with a study of Branca de neve (Snow White) a key work in his oeuvre, in an attempt at charting the development of the themes discussed above, from a perspective that steps away from conventional cinema and which is more closely linked to the experimental nature of contemporary art.


Cinema; psichiatry; Monteiro; Walser; outsider; contemporary art


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