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…
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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.
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.