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Friday, October 8, 2010

MYSTERIES OF LISBON

By D.E.Levine

2010 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION

Director: Raoul Ruiz
Writer: Camilo Castelo Branco (novel), Carlos Saboga (screenplay)
Cast: Lea Seydoux, Melvil Poupaud, Clothilde Hesme, Jose Alfonso Pimentel, Catarina Wallenstein, Maria Joao Bastos, Lena Friedrich, Filipe Vargas, Malik Zidi, Joana Pinhao Botelho, Albano Jeronimo, Ricardo Pereira, Carlo Cotta, Adriano Luz, Margarida Vilanova et al.
Producer: Paulo Branco
Original Music: Jorge Arriagada and Luis de Freitas Branco
Running Time: 270 Minutes
Country of Origin: Portugal/France
Language: Portugese and French with English subtitles
Genre: Historical Drama

Lush country vista, ornate palaces and elegant costumes are presented by Chilean director Raoul Ruiz in this epic film.

Originally produced as a six hour mini series, the episodes were edited into a long but beautiful film.

The story is an adaption of a famous nineteenth century novel by Camilo Castelo Branco which evokes a tale over decades where many characters' lives cross and intersect, separate and intersect again.

The initial narrator is a 14-year old boy living in an orphanage who longs to discover his true parentage. The bastard son of two members of aristocracy who were forbidden to marry, the boy initially is introduced to his mother by the priest who runs the school where he lives.

His mother is married to a controlling count who dictates her life and fortune. Slowly, through the priest and his mother, the young boy learns the truth about his birth and identity.

The tale follows many characters through a complex life over many years and travels, unveiling many surprises and unexpected occurrences.

Although long, the beauty of the sets and costumes, the alluring cinematography and the superb acting by all of the actors, prevents the film from ever being boring.

As of the screening, the mini series had not been presented on TV yet. Whether or not such a long film will find an audience in theaters remains to be seen.