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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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Wim Wenders

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Wim Wenders
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Cast

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 ... Herself (Madredeus)
Pedro Ayres Magalhães Pedro Ayres Magalhães ... Himself (Madredeus)
Rodrigo Leão Rodrigo Leão ... Himself (Madredeus)
Gabriel Gomes Gabriel Gomes ... Himself (Madredeus)
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Country:

Germany | Portugal

Language:

English | Portuguese | German

Release Date:

12 May 1995 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Lisbonne Story See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is a homage to Federico Fellini, who passed away the year before its release. The elusive director from the film, Friedrich, shares his first name and several traits with the Italian artist. See more »

Goofs

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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Connections

References Man with a Movie Camera (1929) See more »

Soundtracks

TEJO
Lyrics by Pedro Ayres Magalhaes
Music by Jose Peixoto
Performed by Madredeus
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Warm-hearted tribute to the power of art
17 February 2005 | by jonr-3See all my reviews

The first time I watched "Lisbon Story" I was disappointed and rather annoyed at what seemed a pretentious and self-indulgent experiment.

Then several months later, I watched it again, and was captivated by it, enjoyed it thoroughly, and found it to be a good-hearted, affectionate salute to motion pictures and by extension to art in general. Though the film's humor frequently borders on being downright corny, I couldn't help enjoying even that aspect because of the obvious good will with which it was presented. It feels refreshing to have a film-maker work so hard to amuse the audience! That in itself is a token of respect.

Wenders has made here a film that's slippery, puzzling, and that eludes the mind's grasp at every turn, yet in the end delivers a powerful and even joyful message. It takes a certain amount of courage to send a positive message to an audience these days--or even in 1994, when the film was released. I applaud Mr. Wenders and I applaud this film. I'm very glad I thought to watch it again--I will definitely see it again in future, too.


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