Mysteries of Lisbon (2010)
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Posted 02 January 2012 - 02:51 PM
Looking forward to hearing more. It hasn't dethroned Traffik or Carlos as favored TV miniseries (though as I understand, this never ran as such...). It is the first Ruiz film I have seen that I have been completely on board with, though. Could imagine this hitting the A&F list pretty high in the future.
Edited by M. Leary, 02 January 2012 - 02:57 PM.
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Posted 03 January 2012 - 01:57 AM
I wish I could share the enthusiasm, but while I won't hesitate to describe it as masterfully directed, beautifully acted, an astonishing number of persuasively detailed period sets, and just a pleasure to look at for every frame of its running time, the narrative didn't enthrall me. It's a web of intriguing stories, but none so remarkable that it ever went beyond interesting to compelling for me. The priest is the most engaging character, IMHO, and I was disappointed in the final act when he stepped out of the spotlight. The last act started to lose me because I just don't find Pedro to be very interesting. His history is certainly interesting, but he isn't.
So, it's a film I admire, but not one I feel any particular charge of excitement about. As four-plus-hour films go, I was much more involved in Best of Youth.
I won't need to revise the top ten list that's going to be up at Image in a few hours, but I will revise the runners-up list to include this one for its impressive achievements in cinematography, design, and scale.
Edited by Overstreet, 03 January 2012 - 01:58 AM.
Posted 03 January 2012 - 09:57 PM
And, on that note, I think THE TREE OF LIFE serves as an interesting film to compare with MYSTERIES OF LISBON, given their concern for memory and how that shapes notions of identity and narrative. Note also that both films conclude with images of mothers.
Edited by Ryan H., 03 January 2012 - 09:59 PM.
Posted 04 January 2012 - 08:34 AM
The blu-ray comes out in a few weeks in the States. I'm looking forward to spending a lot more time with this film.
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Posted 08 January 2012 - 08:52 PM
Is the film something that can be cut up into more than one sitting, or does that defeat the film's intended effect? I'm wondering how I'm going to carve out the time to watch the DVD once I get hold of it, and am thinking that watching it in chunks might work. But not if that kills the movie's rhythms.
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Posted 09 January 2012 - 01:19 PM
Incidentally, the theater where I saw MYSTERIES OF LISBON was kind enough to offer the option of seeing the first half one night and then seeing the second half later in the week. I was there for the long haul, though.
Posted 09 January 2012 - 03:26 PM
I watched it all in one go at home, on a Macbook screen. I really, really wish I'd seen the images on a big screen since, in the end, it was primarily Ruiz' magnificent composition and mise-en-scène that made the film interesting to me.
Still, I keep toying with spoof possibilities in my mind, in which scene after scene reveals
Posted 09 January 2012 - 08:41 PM
Somewhat related to this, I must say that I appreciated MYSTERIES OF LISBON's odd sense of humor.
Edited by Ryan H., 09 January 2012 - 08:50 PM.