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  • 21st January
    2012
  • 21

Mysteries of Lisbon is a 2010 film adaptation of Camilo Castelo Branco’s 1854 novel Misterios de Lisboa. I meant to post about this sooner, back when I saw that it was chosen as a NYT Critic’s Pick…and when I saw the purdy costumes! The novel/film takes place over the course of a few decades, so the Portuguese equivalent of the Regency may be included!

Description: Raul Ruiz’s masterful adaptation of the eponymous nineteenth-century Portuguese novel (by Camilo Castelo Branco) evokes the complex intertwined narratives of Victor Hugo and Charles Dickens. The core story centers on Joao, the bastard child of an ill-fated romance between two members of the aristocracy who are forbidden to marry, and his quest to discover the truth of his parentage. But this is just the start of an engrossing tale that follows a multitude of characters whose fates conjoin, separate and then rejoin again over three decades in Portugal, Spain, France and Italy.

I have yet to see it but it looks promising!

Here’s the trailer. Oh, and it’s available on Netflix (not Instant, unfortunately).

Here are some links to watch it online!

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    OMG, a period drama I haven’t seen!
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    Mistérios De Lisboa
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    Mysteries of Lisbon (2011) dir. Raul Ruiz
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