02 March, 2010

HiFi and Film: Lisbon Story

HiFi and Film: Wim Wenders' Lisbon Story

Just coming off chatting about Portugese chicken, and since we were just talking about Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas a short while ago, I thought of his later film, the rather odd 1994 Lisbon Story.

A thorough review of the DVD
New York Times film review

This is really a concocted film, an excuse to film a beautiful city, even more to film a mesmerizingly beautiful lady, lead singer Teresa Salguiero of the group Madredeus. But it's wonderful nonetheless.

The raison d'etre of this post is the wonderful soundtrack, Ainda. Since this film, like the protagonist in the film, I have fallen in love with this lady and subsequently bought many of the group's albums. But I have to say this one is still the best, and the only one you need. The voice is sublime and the arrangements detailed and spiritually calming. However, they do have a certain sameness about them. Their style is like a modernized fado, less angst and smoother, yet not insubstantial. Unfortunately, this CD appears to be out of print, though you can still manage to hear much of it via the net and youtube.

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