Lisbon Story (1994 film)
|Directed by||Wim Wenders|
|Produced by||Paulo Branco
|Written by||Wim Wenders|
|Music by||Jürgen Knieper
|Edited by||Peter Przygodda
|Distributed by||Axiom Films (UK and Ireland)|
|Language||German / Portuguese / English|
Lisbon Story (Portuguese: O Céu de Lisboa (Brasil), German: Lisbon Story) is a 1994 film directed by Wim Wenders. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. Wenders, with three Portuguese film-makers, had been invited by the City of Lisbon to make a documentary about the city, as part of their programme as the European City of Culture in 1994. The result was the fictional Lisbon Story.
Lisbon Story is partially a sequel to Wenders' 1982 film, The State of Things. The fictitious movie director in the previous film, Friedrich Munro, reappears, again played by Patrick Bauchau. In Lisbon Story Friedrich has moved to Lisbon, Portugal (the country where The State of Things was set). The principal character, Philip Winter (Rüdiger Vogler), a sound engineer, receives a postcard invitation from Friedrich to come to Lisbon to record sounds of the capital city for his forthcoming film. On arriving, the director is nowhere to be found, though he leaves cryptic messages. This sets in motion a mysterious quest.
The sound engineer doesn't meet up with the director until the end of the movie, when it materialises that, disturbed by the commercialization of images, he had set out to capture what he terms the "unseen image" of the city, one devoid of the subjective view, while also pretending that the whole history of cinema had never happened. A semi-non-fictional aspect of the plot is the appearance of the internationally famous Portuguese folk music group Madredeus and Manoel de Oliveira, who at that time was the oldest living active film director in the world.
Homage to The Road Movie Trilogy
During the mid-1970s, Wim Wenders made three films which critics have called The Road Movie Trilogy. Lisbon Story pays subtle homage to these films. The sound engineer in Lisbon Story, Philip Winter, has the same name and is played by the same actor (Rüdiger Vogler) as the lead character in Alice in the Cities (1974), though the character Phil Winter was a writer in the first film. The name Winter is repeated in Kings of the Road (1976), also starring Vogler, although his full name in Kings is Bruno Winter and he is a projection-equipment mechanic.
|Rüdiger Vogler||Philip Winter|
|Patrick Bauchau||Friedrich Monroe|
|Vasco Sequeira||Truck Driver|
|Canto e Castro||Barber|
|Viriato José da Silva||Shoemaker|
|Joel Cunha Ferreira||Zé|
|Sofia Bénard da Costa||Sofia|
|Vera Cunha Rocha||Vera|
|Elisabete Cunha Rocha||Beta|
|Teresa Salgueiro||Herself (Madredeus)|
|Pedro Ayres Magalhães||Himself (Madredeus)|
|Rodrigo Leão||Himself (Madredeus)|
|Gabriel Gomes||Himself (Madredeus)|
|José Peixoto||Himself (Madredeus)|
|Francisco Ribeiro||Himself (Madredeus)|
|Manoel de Oliveira||Himself|
- "Festival de Cannes: Lisbon Story". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-09-06.
- Marcelino Santos, "The image of the city – Wim Wenders' Lisbon Story", City + Cinema: Essays on the specificity of location in film, Datutop 29, 2007.