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In the White City (1983)

Dans la ville blanche (original title)
A Swiss sailor jumps ship in Lisbon, tired of the noisy engine room, the ship "a floating factory of crazy people." He rents a room and does little. He writes letters to his lover, ... See full summary »

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Alain Tanner

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Alain Tanner
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Cast

Cast overview:
Bruno Ganz ... Paul
Teresa Madruga Teresa Madruga ... Rosa
Julia Vonderlinn Julia Vonderlinn ... Élisa / The Swiss woman
José Carvalho José Carvalho ... Le patron
Francisco Baião Francisco Baião ... Le voleur au couteau
José Wallenstein José Wallenstein ... L'autre voleur
Victor Costa Victor Costa ... Le garçon du bar
Lídia Franco ... La fille du bar
Pedro Efe Pedro Efe ... L'ami dans la taverne
Cecília Guimarães Cecília Guimarães ... La dame du train
Joana Vicente ... La jeune fille du train
José de Carvalho José de Carvalho ... Le patron
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A Swiss sailor jumps ship in Lisbon, tired of the noisy engine room, the ship "a floating factory of crazy people." He rents a room and does little. He writes letters to his lover, describing the whiteness of the city, the solitude and the silence. He sends his love and emptiness; she replies with love and confusion. He sends movies from his 8mm camera. Then he becomes friendly with Rosa, a chambermaid, and soon it's a love affair. He continues to send letters and movies home. His Swiss lover is hurt and angry; she sends an ultimatum. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Switzerland | Portugal | UK

Language:

English | German | Portuguese | French

Release Date:

21 April 1983 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

In the White City See more »

Filming Locations:

Portugal See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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A MOVIE THAT REMINDS US WE'RE ALL SAILORS AWASH ON SHORE
16 May 2004 | by szubcicSee all my reviews

This movie mesmerized me. It is loose jointed, like any traveler's experiences, and gives the viewer the feeling of living through a sailor's wayward days in Lisbon. Even though it hasn't much of a plot, it's curiously compelling. What drove the story for me was trying to figure out what was happening in the sailor's mind. One gets the feeling that he is going through a crisis, that this is a turning point in his life--ought he to keep on travelling, being a perpetual stranger, or should he go back to Germany & his lover/wife? The feeling accompanying this conflict verges between despair and sublimity--it evoked in me the same empty ache I felt the sailor was going through. Deceptively simple, but artful & subtle. A fine picture for all of us wanderers.


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