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This quick look at Lisbon begins with aerial footage of the port city as the off-screen narrator provides some history of a seafaring, colonizing nation, of destructive earthquakes, and of contemporary construction. Then it's on to famous buildings and monuments, a look at female fishmongers who ply neighborhoods with baskets of fish on their heads, a survey of two nearby resort areas, watching a town's annual running of the bulls, and a visit to a bullfight, where the bulls are not killed. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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TravelTalks
9 November 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Looking at Lisbon (1953)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Another nice entry in MGM's long-running TravelTalks series. This one here takes us to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal where at the time one-million people were living. We learn about the early history of Lisbon including it being destroyed by earthquakes and tidal waves in 1755 only to be rebuild shortly afterwards. We learn about it's importance as trade routes for ships and see the famous sidewalks that help tourist find what they're looking for. Also on hand are "fish women" who, as their name might suggest, are women who carry fish around to sell. We also see some wild bulls let loose in the streets and apparently this is done to put the fear of Satan into people. Looks like they'd just put the fear of bulls into people but whatever. If you're a fan of the series then you know what to expect and the short pretty much delivers that. We get the nice narration by James FitzPatrick and of course the Technicolor is a major plus.


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