Originally intended to be a pure promotional documentary about Lisbon comissioned by the city. Director Wim Wenders added some fictional components to the film and created a story with a thin and simple plot line.
"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.