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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 »


Wim Wenders


Wim Wenders
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Rüdiger Vogler ... Phillip Winter
Patrick Bauchau ... Friedrich Monroe
Vasco Sequeira Vasco Sequeira ... Truck Driver
Canto e Castro Canto e Castro ... Barber
Viriato Jose da Silva Viriato Jose da Silva ... Shoemaker
João Canijo João Canijo ... Crook
Ricardo Colares Ricardo Colares ... Ricardo
Joel Cunha Ferreira Joel Cunha Ferreira ...
Sofia Bénard da Costa Sofia Bénard da Costa ... Sofia
Vera Cunha Rocha Vera Cunha Rocha ... Vera
Elisabete Cunha Rocha Elisabete Cunha Rocha ... Beta
Teresa Salgueiro Teresa Salgueiro ... Self (Madredeus)
Pedro Ayres Magalhães Pedro Ayres Magalhães ... Self (Madredeus)
Rodrigo Leão Rodrigo Leão ... Self (Madredeus)
Gabriel Gomes Gabriel Gomes ... Self (Madredeus)


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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Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some language and brief smoking | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


In the condensed "third act" (opposing to rather slow film's pace ), which is roughly last 15 minutes, in main character's monologue, Wenders uses names of several Beatles' songs, "Fool on the Hill" and "With A Little Help From My Friends". See more »


When Philipp Winter finds Friedrich Monroe's book by Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, he is amused that a poet should be called "nobody". However, "Pessoa" in Portuguese means "person". See more »


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 Man with a Movie Camera (1929) See more »


Lyrics by Pedro Ayres Magalhaes
Music by Rodrigo Leao
Performed by Madredeus
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Listen to the reviewer who said "this movie is good for the soul"
2 August 2007 | by rooprectSee all my reviews

I've spent the last few days trying to come up with the perfect description for this movie, and I'm afraid another reviewer beat me to it: "This movie is good for the soul."

This is the perfect movie for the uninspired artist who is suffering from malaise, writer's block, disenchantment or perhaps just an overall pissy attitude toward the world. It's absolutely beautiful. The actors are endearing, the story is charming (though not without a few poignant touches of darkness & spookiness), and the music is downright hypnotizing.

This film gave me a big smile from beginning to end. The humour is what I call "real life silly"--these are things that have happened to us all at one point or another, and to watch the characters' reactions is hilarious, because we say to ourselves, "That could've been me!"

But overall this is a movie about love, not necessarily between people but perhaps between a person and a city or a person and a camera or a person and a microphone. It's gorgeous in its ambiguity because, like I said up front, it can inspire any of us out of our deepest rut.

In past reviews of Wim Wenders' work I have been brutally uncomplimentary; he has often struck me as a meandering type who lacks the ability to pull his visions together coherently. But this film has given me a completely new appreciation for his lucidity and ability to convey a profound (yet abstract) thought. The two monologues at the end carry perhaps the strongest messages I've ever seen on film. Simple but resounding.

I give LISBON STORY 10 stars, something which I rarely do even to my favourite films. But this movie is literally perfect, I can't criticize a single thing (edit: OK, after thinking real hard, I suppose there's one flaw... the guitarist's fingers don't exactly match up with what he's playing in one scene. But I think we can all agree that's nitpicking). Enjoy!

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Release Date:

12 May 1995 (Portugal) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.66 : 1
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