Mysteries of Lisbon

A film by Raúl Ruiz
Starring Adriano Luz, Maria João Bastos, Ricardo Pereira, Clotilde Hesme, Afonso Pimentel

“The most glorious achievement of Raúl Ruiz’s prodigious career and one of the first cinematic masterpieces of this century.” – Film Comment

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.

Showtimes daily at 1:40 and 6:45
Tickets $12
Music Box Theatre Discount Cards will be accepted with a $2 service charge

Because of the film’s length, there will be a ten minute intermission approximately two hours after the film starts. For those who would prefer to see the film in two parts, your ticket stub will admit you to the second half of the film on any day from 9-16 through 9-22. The second half of MYSTERIES OF LISBON will start at approximately 3:50 and 8:45 daily.


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257 mins

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