Review - "Lisbon Story" (1994) (Madragoa Filmes)

WriterDave By WriterDave, 24th May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Wim Wender's semi-recent documentary "Pina" is a treat for the eyes; with dancers enacting their art round the globe. Wender's, who has a soft spot for musicians, also proved his adeptness on this subject with 1999's "Buena Vista Social Club." Wender's "Lisbon Story" attempts to show what goes into these kind of films from behind-the-scenes from a fictional angle.

Vim, Vigor, and Wim Wenders

“Lisbon Story” is an interesting little film from Wim Wenders (the "W's" are pronounced like "V's"), director of one of my favorite independent films, “Paris, Texas.” Wenders loves the wandering/questioning man, and often addresses issues which concern his searching protagonists. This film is basically a movie about a movie; a love letter to the art of film-making and the people behind the lens who dedicate their lives to it.

Wenders has picked an unusual and beautiful city to express his love of images - Lisbon! The vulnerability of his main character ‘Phillip Winter,’ with his injured foot, clumsiness, broken accent, and comedic nature, makes him a very viewable lead. The film is never heavy although it’s a drama of sorts, and seems to reflect an artist’s philosophy, that life is for the living and should be carried out like that.

The film is also never pretentious in its portrayal of artists. It lets the audience in rather than keeping them at a distance. We can imagine what it feels like to be a musician, a sound engineer, or a singer easily because Wenders shares his vision. He shows us rather than preaches to us, and he does this in a very skillful, clever, simple and enlightening way.


Rudiger Vogler, Wim Wenders

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