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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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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

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. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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

O MILAGRE
Lyrics by Pedro Ayres Magalhaes
Music by Rodrigo Leao
Performed by Madredeus
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This film is food for the soul.
17 January 2001 | by ivy26_yuSee all my reviews

"The thought is getting born blind, but it knows what is watching".. Today I saw the movie again. Actually, it was again, and again..for I don't know how many times since Wenders made it.

Who wouldn't get in love with Portugal, after seeing it..The people and country of Saudade. I won't explain you what it means, only real Portuguese know that. And even if I would like to explain,it is pointless..That can't be described, but maybe you can recognize it in Teresa's voice and landscape of Tejo who is the only witness of their lives. This story don't need actors to tell it because it is not only story between Fillip and Friedrich, but about the secrets that are hiding in wrinkles of people faces, in old aqueduct and walls of houses in Lisbon.

I hope that you get that desire to see and hear those secrets as much as I did.


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