Mysteries of Lisbon

Mysteries of Lisbon

DVD - 2011 | Portuguese
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Raul Ruiz's masterful adaptation of the eponymous nineteenth century Portuguese novel. The core story centers on Joao, the child of an ill-fated romance between two members of the aristocracy who are forbidden to marry, and his quest to discover the truth of his parentage. But this is just the start of an engrossing tale that follows a multitude of characters whose fates conjoin, separate, and then rejoin again over three decades in Portugal, Spain, France, and Italy.
Publisher: [United States] : Music Box Films, 2011
Branch Call Number: DVD FOREIGN Mys, 3 disc
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (ca. 266 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Aug 27, 2018

The Part 1 is good enough to be a film.

Dec 19, 2014

At about 4.5 hours this is one long drama. Set in Lisbon during the Napoleonic times, the story, or stories as there are several and all interconnected, surround the nobilities in that time period. It is heavy on doomed love affairs, and the effect they have on the abandoned children as they become adults. The pace is slow and there are many long takes. But the settings, the costume, and the acting are all top-notched. So if you have the time budget, and enjoy period drama, this one will be well worth your time. In Portuguese and French with subtitles.

hania4987 Aug 08, 2014

visually stunning with very interesting camerawork ... the movie looks like period paintings come to life. The story itself is intriguing: one of memories within memories and intertwined lives ... but the slow pace, the low-key delivery throughout, and the frequent pauses of dialogue and action for artistic montages makes it monotonous. It is very interesting to see how many international awards this movie has won and the panel of French film critics in the Bonus Features absolutely raved about it. It's definitely not for everyone.

May 27, 2014

A masterpiece and one of the greatest films I’ve seen in my lifetime. From the brilliant Raul Ruiz; (see Klimt as well) comes this beautifuly photographed film based on the novel by Camilo Castelo Branco.
This is not for the “action” oriented Bruce Willis/Hollywood crowd. So if you want to see that kind of thing head for the strip-mall where you can be with the other popcorn munchers. If you want something that transports you to another world and another time with grace and intelligence, see Mysteries of Lisbon.

decarabas Jul 16, 2013

Very intriguing and lengthy (5 hrs long). I challenge you to follow all the characters and plot lines. Just lie back and let it wash over you . . .

EuSei Dec 17, 2012

I like Camilo Castelo Branco very much—even read other of his books in school, for Portuguese and Brazilian Classic literature—but this movie is sooooo slow and boring. And for people who speak Brazilian Portuguese it will be very difficult to understand the Portuguese from Portugal. I was never expecting an action movie, being that I know the author’s style quite well, but the movie just drags the scenes endless and unnecessarily. Incidentaly, the Dom Pedro mentioned a few times in the movie is Dom Pedro de Alcântara (Pedro de Alcântara Francisco António João Carlos Xavier de Paula Miguel Rafael Joaquim José Gonzaga Pascoal Cipriano Serafim de Bragança) who freed Brazil from Portugal. He later on abdicated on behalf of his son (Dom Pedro II) and went to Portugal to fight against his brother Dom Miguel and try to restore his daughter to power. There is a very interesting movie about him, “Independência ou Morte,” with then famous actor Tarcísio Meira in the main role.

Dec 06, 2012

Ruiz creates a nice feel for intrigue among the "nobled" classes. See J. Hoberman at Village Voice for best review.

Feb 18, 2012

A Portuguese saga worthy of its length! The best movie that came out from that Iberian country.

Feb 08, 2012

Interesting as a view of Portuguese society of the Post Napoleonic period; costumes and settings part of good production values; but fatally flawed by pefunctory, wooden performances from the actors, monotonous pacing by the director and editor. What's more, most scenes are photographed in long shot, consequently we never see the actors up close. All these limitations leave one with no reason to care about these people.


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