The city: Lisbon. The problem: A silent movie abandoned by its director. The solution: A sound engineer, Phillip Winter, is called in for help. Winter’s task: Record the missing sounds and save the film. Winter’s handicap: A broken leg. Even worse: The director of the movie has disappeared.
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Part-travelogue/part-character study/part-film about filmmaking; uniting the two great avatars of Wenders' career and then having them engage in a metaphorical discussion about the future of cinema. Like most of Wenders' greatest work, the film is at its best when simply observing and documenting the actual spirit of the location, and playing it back through the melancholic perspective of his central characters.
watching this in Lisbon (in the hood of Madre de Deus, for that matter) was fun, with all those familiar words of Fernando Pessoa and the already too familiar images of the quaint trams. those ramblings at the end really put me off though.
Once again, too much pretentious talks about the movie industry and life in the last few scenes with the character Frederic which really fed me up. Otherwise, the experience would have been lovely since references to Fernando Pessoa are everywhere and Lisboa appears more intimately and familiarly to me in this movie than in real life.
Saudade! I watched this film on one of the last nights I was living in Lisbon last year, told to watch it in fact by a crazy Italian 'lesbica', my housemate. Primarily set in Alfalma, the old Moorish district by the Sé on the Tejo, it's a wonderful fim about nothing. Filmed in '94 and set earlier than that it really shows how resistant the Portuguese capital is to change. My favourite part is the rickety 28 tram.