Mysteries of Lisbon plunges us into a veritable whirlwind of adventures and escapades, coincidences and revelations, sentiments and violent passions, vengeance, love affairs, all wrapped in a rhapsodic voyage that takes us from Portugal to France, Italy, and as far as Brazil.
In this Lisbon of intrigue and hidden identities, we encounter a series of characters all somewhat linked to the destiny of Pedro da Silva, orphan in a boarding school. Father Dinis, a descendent of the aristocratic libertines, later becomes a hero who defends justice, a countess maddened by her jealousy and set on her vengeance, a prosperous businessman who had mysteriously made his fortune as a bloodthirsty pirate; these and many more all cross in a story set in the 19th century and all searching for the true identity of our main character.
Chilean filmmaker Raúl, or Raoul, Ruiz (1941-2011) was one of the most exciting and innovative filmmakers to emerge from 1960s World Cinema, providing more intellectual fun and artistic experimentation, shot for shot, than any filmmaker since Jean-Luc Godard. A guerrilla who uncompromisingly assaulted the preconceptions of film art, this frightfully prolific figure – he made over 100 films in 40 years – did not adhere to any one style of filmmaking. He worked in 35mm, 16mm and video, for theatrical release and for European TV, and on documentary and fiction features and shorts. His career began in avant-garde theatre where, between 1956 and 1962, he wrote over 100 plays. Although he never directed any of these productions, he did dabble in TV and filmmaking in the early 1960s. In 1968, with the release of his first completed feature, the Cassavetes-like Tres tristes tigres (1968… read more
NYTimes review: "Based on a work by the prolific Camilo Castelo Branco (1825-90), who was born in Lisbon, illegitimate and orphaned, and flirted with the priesthood before finding his calling in writing, running off with a married woman, landing in prison and finally committing suicide. Mr. Ruiz’s 'Mysteries' are just as outlandish, gloriously so." I loved it - the acting, beauty, drama, mystique...everything. 4.5
Some of the finest cinematography I've seen. Let's start there. The floating camera, the elegant framing, the effortless long takes. I enjoyed watching the camera techniques in a film above all. The story itself gets a little long-winded and winds all over, though I believe watching it in several sittings added to my confusion. Over all, for my first Ruiz film I was quite impressed.
A statement by Ruiz on his “last movie,” La noche de enfrente, and a moving article about Ruiz written by the film’s producer.
Oh! the mysteries found in a cup of tea. Mysteries by Kobayashi and Ruiz.
According to the Passiondex™, the real winner this year was made 20 years ago.
The original Spanish language commentaries for Notebook’s series on Raúl Ruiz, plus a bonus new, untranslated Spanish article.
On the final decade of Ruiz’s career, ranging from strange English-language productions to epic mini-series.
A sad memento of the late, great Raúl Ruiz: a poster for a film that will never be made.
Remembering the great Chilean filmmaker and writer.
Tricks are Raúl Ruiz’s specialty, and nowhere is this more apparent than his newly released film, Mysteries of Lisbon.
After the feast of design from the 1920s and 30s over the past two weeks I thought it was time to return to the present and look at a few of
How odd it is to go to the trouble of polling over 100 critics and tabulating the results only to announce your big year-end lists on a
"Fresh from its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, [Raúl Ruiz's Mysteries of Lisbon] is being shown
Just five titles in today's entry in a series of roundups wrapping Toronto (as opposed to the 30+ in yesterday's Contemporary World Cinema
Raul Ruiz, who passed away this year after directing over 100 films (with nary a mainstream hit), is an interesting case. It’s not so much that I’ve never really heard a satisfying explanation for… read review
Mysteries of Lisbon (2010) Raoul Ruiz, close to the end of his life (August2011)has filmed a fitting cap stone to his long career as an auteur in a film in which he brings to bear… read review
A well made movie piecing together the linking puzzle pieces of various lives (mostly aristocratic) in 19th Century Europe. It’s lovely, often dark (in mood, not in luminescence), well acted, with… read review