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Madame Satã (2002)

Unrated  |   |  Biography, Crime, Drama  |  8 November 2002 (Brazil)
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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:
Lázaro Ramos ...
João Francisco dos Santos / Madame Satã
Marcelia Cartaxo ...
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 ...
Policial
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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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$23,654 (USA) (11 July 2003)

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$198,181 (USA) (12 December 2003)
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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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Features Princesse Tam-Tam (1935) See more »

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Na Batucada da Vida
Written by Ary Barroso (as Ari Barroso) and Luiz Peixoto (as Luis Peixoto)
Performed by Lázaro Ramos and Emiliano Queiroz
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True meaning of `Fierce'
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This is like watching a Jean Genet novel translated into Portuguese and relocated to Brazil, circa 1930. All the characters are present: thieves and whores, drag queens and murders, love and hate. Lázaro Ramos, as Madame Satã, gives a wonderful performance that gives real meaning to the word `fierce';a complicated man whose only possible response to a world that hates him is to rage against it. And what rage! And what love! The family he pieces together, as wounded and damaged as he is, provides the only constant in a life that poverty and exile have doomed to chaos. Karim Ainouz, the director, must be congratulated on this courageous film.


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