Rent Mysteries of Lisbon (2010)

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4h 26min
Rent Mysteries of Lisbon (aka Mistérios de Lisboa) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
The story centers on Pedro da Silva, orphan in a boarding school: Father Dinis, a descendant of libertines; a countess maddened by her jealousy; a businessman who mysteriously made his fortune as a pirate, all searching for the true identity of our main character. The feature spans over two discs.
Actors:
, , , , , , , João Baptista, , Julien Alluguette, Rui Morrison, , , , , , , , , Sofia Aparício
Directors:
Producers:
Paulo Branco
Writers:
Camilo Castelo Branco, Carlos Saboga
Aka:
Mistérios de Lisboa
Studio:
New Wave Films
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Countries:
Portugal
BBFC:
Release Date:
12/03/2012
Run Time:
266 minutes
Languages:
English, Portuguese
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Filmed Interviews with Raul Ruiz, Carlos
  • Saboga (scriptwriter), Actors: Maria Joao Bastos, Adriano Luz, Ricardo Pereira, and with Andre Szankowski (Cinematographer)
  • A making of
  • 8 deleted scenes
  • 2 Radio Interviews with Raul Ruiz (in French with subtitles)
  • San Sebastian festival report
  • A Portuguese TV programme about the film and the author Camilo Castelo Branco
  • A Photo Gallery
Disc 1:
This disc includes part 1 the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes part 2 the main feature
Disc 3:
This disc includes the following bonus features:
Filmed Interviews with Raul Ruiz, Carlos
Saboga (scriptwriter), Actors: Maria Joao Bastos, Adriano Luz, Ricardo Pereira, and with Andre Szankowski (Cinematographer).
A making of
8 deleted scenes
2 Radio Interviews with Raul Ruiz (in French with subtitles)
San Sebastian festival report
A Portuguese TV programme about the film and the author Camilo Castelo Branco
A Photo Gallery.

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Reviews (1) of Mysteries of Lisbon

Elegant and intriguing - Mysteries of Lisbon review by SK

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06/08/2012

A wonderfully spacious narrative, with stories nested within each other and an satisfyingly enigmatic ambience.

It's master-class in camera movement,composition and pacing.

Worth trying to watch in one go to appreciate the cumulative effect and architecture of the complex narrative and keep the large gallery of characters in mind.

4 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Mysteries of Lisbon (aka Mistérios de Lisboa) review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso

The late Raoul Ruiz, who passed away in August last year, has left behind a final artistic piece of cinema; Mysterio de Lisboa, a four hour epic in which a number of characters travel across Italy, France and Portugal.

Available as directorial cut that lasts a painfully long 266 minutes Mysteries of Lisbon is based on a novel by the prolific European author Camilo Castelo Branco. It is in many ways a Dickensian story of European society, in which the characters rise and fall in the hierarchy with s rapidity that makes the run time seem even longer.

Visually the movie is like an intricate tableau, the exquisitely dramatic sweeping shots framing the characters as if in portrait, whilst the period dress and set design are both intricate and beautiful.

Although Mysteries has a strong enough story and intriguing enough characters to last through to its final completion, which in itself is a self reflective strand that has entwined itself within the already complex interweaving of the main plot, I would struggle to call this a narrative film.

You find yourself swept up more in the visuals and tone of the piece rather than the personal relationships and outcomes of the story. Mysteries of Lisbon is by far more of an artistic piece, which makes the immense run time sit a little more comfortable with me as a viewer; the thought of four hours of narrative is daunting and rather off putting, whilst a deep and intrepid insight into the moralistic values of such a story as represented through it’s artistic visuals is interesting and captivating.

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