Cinema History: Lisboa (1930) Review

Certificate: N/A

Director: José Leitão de Barros

Screenwriter: José Leitão de Barros

Starring: Adelina Abranches, Chaby Pinheiro, Alves da Cunha

Genre: Comedy, History

Runtime: 1hr 28 Minutes

Language: Portuguese

Rating: 2.5 Stars

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Caleidoscope of documentary-like scenes and re-enacted episodes of a day in the life of a large port town – Lisbon, from the old district around Saint George’s Castle down to the docks and the ‘Sagres’ on the Tagus river, to the new commercial districts – From IMDB

The film itself is absolutely beautiful. It contains some of the most artistic and interesting shots and sequences that I have seen from any film of this era.  There are some interestingly designed title cards that are quite eye catching and some visually delightful slow motion shots that add some variety to the proceedings.  But I did find this to be a lot more style over substance.

Overall I wasn’t drawn in by any of the stories told during the film.  And the documentary style segments between the stories, though beautiful to look at, weren’t always the most interesting.  Do you love watching a large group of people doing aerobics perfectly in time?  If the answer is yes, then maybe you will find some value in some of these sections.  But it’s not something I wanted to spend my time watching.

Had the stories told during the movie been interconnected in some way maybe I would have been more interested, but this is a literal ‘Day in the Life’ of multiple people from different areas in the city, and as such nothing particularly interesting or dramatic really happens.

They can’t all be winners.

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