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Lisbon Story

Written and directed by Wim Wenders on an off-the-cuff, day-to-day basis, this 1994 feature resurrects two characters from his previous work: Phillip Winter (RĂ¼diger Vogler), a detective in several Wenders films now reincarnated as a sound engineer living in Frankfurt, is mysteriously summoned to Lisbon by Friedrich Monroe (Patrick Bauchau), the film director killed at the end of The State of Things (1982). That film's creepy “Heart of Darkness” plot was defined by the much-delayed appearance of a producer who pulls the plug on a film in progress, and the more lackadaisical plot of Lisbon Story is defined by the much-delayed appearance of Monroe, who has left behind an unfinished silent film and asked Winter to create a soundtrack for it. This has flickers of excitement and a moving appearance by Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira. But after a while these flourishes start to seem more like holding actions than part of a coherent program. In English and subtitled German and Portuguese. 105 min.

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