Ilivetolearn's Blog

March 4, 2006

movie night in Lisbon

Filed under: movies,on the road,Spain — ilivetolearn @ 11:55 am

We finally got to see one of the movies up for Best Picture, the night before the awards. All movies in Portugal are shown in the original languages with subtitles, so if we had been paying close attention we would now know how to say, “I wish I knew how to quit you, Ennis,” in Portuguese. They made the title into El Segreto de Brokeback Mountain—a curious combination.

As in Spain, tickets to movie theaters are for assigned seats…there was even a uniformed usher showing us to them. What was different, and surprising, was that there was an intermission! It hardly seemed a long enough movie to merit that. But as no customer in Europe carries food anywhere (waiters do that), including to a seat in a movie theater, the adjacent café had to have 20 minutes to ply its trade. Plus people had to have a smoke. It did make the theater nice and clean and quiet, with no one slurping or crunching or scooching by you ten times to visit the snack bar.

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