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Loose portrait of João Francisco dos Santos, also known as Madame Satã, a sometime chef, transvestite, lover, father, hero and convict from Rio de Janeiro.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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João Francisco dos Santos / Madame Satã
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Laurita
Flavio Bauraqui ...
Tabu
Fellipe Marques ...
Renatinho
Renata Sorrah ...
Emiliano Queiroz ...
Amador
Giovana Barbosa ...
Firmina
Ricardo Blat ...
José
Guilherme Piva ...
Álvaro
Marcelo Valle ...
Delegado
Floriano Peixoto ...
Gregório
Gero Camilo ...
Agapito
Gláucio Gomes ...
Gordo no Danúbio (Fat man)
Orã Figueiredo ...
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A story inspired by the life of one of the most remarkable figures in Brazilian popular culture, João Francisco dos Santos (1900-1976). In turn, bandit, transvestite, street fighter, brothel cook, convict and father to seven adopted children, dos Santos--better known as Madame Satã--was also a notorious gay performer who pushed social boundaries in a volatile time. The story begins in 1932, in Rio de Janeiro's bohemian Lapa district, when João Francisco is about to achieve his dream: becoming a stage star. In the sordid yet lively world of Lapa--populated by pimps, prostitutes and other denizens of Rio's underworld--João battles the streets and presides over a surrogate family that includes the charming prostitute Laurita, and her baby daughter whom everyone dotes on; the flamboyant hustler Taboo; João's teenage lover, Renatinho; and Amador, the owner of the Blue Danube club which is their second home. It is at the Blue Danube that street tough João begins to sing, and the mythic drag... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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8 November 2002 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Мадам Сатана  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$34,969 (Brazil) (22 November 2002)

Gross:

$198,181 (USA) (12 December 2003)
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1.66 : 1
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Directorial debut of Karim Aïnouz. See more »

Crazy Credits

The names of the major characters and the performers portraying them and the roles and names of the major contributors (director, etc) are shown in gold and red sequins respectively, interspersed with scenes of Madame Sata performing. Once the credits reach the minor performers and contributors the credits revert to a standard scrolling format, albeit with an unusual font, on a red/ black background. See more »

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References The Devil Queen (1974) See more »

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Se Voce Juara
Written by Ismael Silva, Nilton Bastos and Francisco Alves
Performed by Walter Alfaiate, Carlos Negreiros, Sergio Machado' and Flavio Bauraqui
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Another Great Example of the Marvelous Moment of the Brazilian Cinema
10 July 2004 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

When I was a boy, Madame Satã was a legend in Rio de Janeiro. João Francisco dos Santos was born in the turn of the century, and was famous for being a very controversial person: homosexual, black, poor, artist, a very violent and excellent fighter and a symbol of Lapa, where he lived. This movie is the dramatization of the ten years before the creation by João Francisco dos Santos of the character Madame Satã, inspired in the 1930 Cecil B. DeMille's Madam Satan (unfortunately, this movie has not been released in Brazil and I have never had the chance to see it). 'Madame Satã' is another great example of the marvelous moment of the Brazilian Cinema. The direction is very precise, using old parts in the city of Rio de Janeiro specially in Lapa and Santa Teresa and a high level photography to recreate life in the 30's in Old Rio. The cast is fantastic, highlighting the performance of the stunning Lázaro Ramos, who is also the leader actor of the excellent and very recommended 'O Homem Que Copiava'. The story, as I previously mentioned, is limited to a short period before the raise of Madame Satã to the scenario of Rio de Janeiro and is very realistic, inclusive showing the homosexual activity of João Francisco. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): 'Madame Satã'


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