The Strange Case of Angelica [DVD] [2010]

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Special Features

  • Douro, Faina Fluvial (Labor on the Douro River): 1931, 20 minutes; a film by Manoel de Oliveira
  • Audio commentary by film critic and curator James Quandt
  • Oliveira L'Architecte (1992, 63 minutes), a documentary by Paolo Rocha
  • Absoluto (2010, 35 minutes), a conversation with Manoel de Oliveira
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Booklet featuring "Late Oliveira", an essay by Haden Guest, Director of the Harvard Film Archive


The Strange Case of Angelica
In this stylish exercise in magic realism, Isaac (Ricardo Trêpa) is a photographer who is contacted during a stormy night with an urgent assignment. Isaac is escorted to the estate of a wealthy family, where he's told of a recent tragedy -- the beautiful daughter of the household, Angélica (Pilar López de Ayala), died shortly after her wedding, before her bridal portrait could be taken. Her parents want a final photograph of Angélica, and they've brought Isaac to their home to take the pictures. Angélica has been laid out on a sofa in the living room, still wearing her wedding gown, and as Isaac looks at her through his viewfinder, he's struck by her beauty and thinks she looks as if she's just sleeping. Isaac is so effected by Angélica that he quickly falls in love with her, and when he looks at her through his camera, she comes to life, with her spirit as lively as ever in the photos he prints, though her body stubbornly stays lifeless. O Estranho Caso de Angélica (aka The Strange Case of Angelica) was the ninth directorial project in five years from filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira, a workload all the more remarkable given his age -- he was 101 years old when O Estranho Caso de Angélica made its debut at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Ricardo Trêpa
    Ricardo Trêpa - Isaac
  • Luis Miguel Cintra
    Luis Miguel Cintra - L'ingenieur
  • Pilar López deAyala
    Pilar López deAyala - Angelica
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    Ana Maria Magalhaes - Clementina
  • Isabel Ruth
    Isabel Ruth - La domestique

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