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Lisbon Story (1994)

PG | | Drama, Music | 12 May 1995 (Portugal)
The director Friedrich Monroe has trouble with finishing a silent b&w movie about Lisbon. He calls his friend, the sound engineer Phillip Winter, for help. As Winter arrives Lisbon weeks ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rüdiger Vogler ...
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Friedrich Monroe
Vasco Sequeira ...
Truck Driver
Canto e Castro ...
Barber
Viriato Jose da Silva ...
Shoemaker
João Canijo ...
Crook
Ricardo Colares ...
Ricardo
Joel Cunha Ferreira ...
Sofia Bénard da Costa ...
Sofia
Vera Cunha Rocha ...
Vera
Elisabete Cunha Rocha ...
Beta
Teresa Salgueiro ...
Herself (Madredeus)
Pedro Ayres Magalhães ...
Himself (Madredeus)
Rodrigo Leão ...
Himself (Madredeus)
Gabriel Gomes ...
Himself (Madredeus)
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The director Friedrich Monroe has trouble with finishing a silent b&w movie about Lisbon. He calls his friend, the sound engineer Phillip Winter, for help. As Winter arrives Lisbon weeks later, Monroe is disappeared but has left the unfinished film. Winter decides to stay, because he is fascinated of the city and the Portuguese singer Teresa, and he starts to record the sound of the film. At the same time Monroe cruises through the city with a camcorder and tries to catch unseen pictures. Later they meet and Winter convinces Monroe of finishing the film. Written by Christoph Blendinger <blendi@iam.uni-bonn.de>

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Rated PG for some language and brief smoking | See all certifications »
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12 May 1995 (Portugal)  »

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Lisbonne Story  »

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

"Ah não ser eu toda a gente e toda a parte!". This phrase (roughly translated as "Would I be everybody and everywhere!"), written in one of the walls of the house where Winter's staying, is the last verse of "Ode Triunfal", a poem by Álvaro de Campos, one of the three main heteronyms of Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa. See more »

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In Lisbon, Mr. Winter reads a loving air mail post card received from Teresa, touring with her musical group, Madredeus in Brazil [at around 1:09:29]. The card shows Rio and Sugarloaf Mountain. However the card is postmarked May (possibly June) 7, 1994 in Portugal. See more »

Quotes

Phillip Winter: Listen. You have to guess what this is.
[makes sound of horse running]
Beta: A horse! He's afraid!
: Yeah, horse!
Vera: That's it!
Sofia: He's running very fast! He's galloping!
Phillip Winter: Right. And who is always on a horse?
: A cowboy.
Phillip Winter: Right. And now...
[makes sound of lighting a match]
[...]
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References The Cameraman (1928) See more »

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BALANCE
Music by Irmin Schmidt
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Falling in love with a city
3 March 2003 | by (Lisbon, Portugal) – See all my reviews

This movie is, without the question, the most beautiful movie ever written about the city of Lisbon. It shows on the inside, all the old houses and narrow streets that Portuguese people hold so dearly...

The plot is pretty simple: Phillip Winter (Rüdiger Vogler) is a sound ingeneer for a German director who moved to Lisbon, and he receives a letter from his friend to come to Portugal and help him do this movie about the capital, through sound capturing of all the people, small noises, and even feelings that float in the air. Vogler accepts the challenge, and goes on a trip to Lisbon.

In the city, he gets acquainted with a local band, Madredeus (who perform a beautiful soundtrack for Lisbon Story), and some of the local kids... After a few weeks, he realizes he's in love with this town, so full of charm and emotion all over, and the rest I leave for you to see. There is also a bit of romance, between the main actor and Teresa, the lead singer of Madredeus (which is, in fact, a beautiful Portuguese girl).

Wim Wenders, as always, has great directing on this one, showing the places that we never thought that would contain so much beauty as they do. He's a great director, and this is a great picture, in a way of a documentary, but greatly captured.

Strong feelings are expected. Wonderful movie.


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