Manoel de Oliveira’s Angelic Cinema


‘The Strange Case of Angelica’

In memory of Manoel de Oliveira, the ageless director who finally left us last week at age 106, here’s a video essay tribute to one of his great late period achievements. The Strange Case of Angelica, made when Oliveira was a sprightly 102 years old, stands tall as one of this decade’s most hauntingly beautiful works of cinema. This video, adapted from my own original review for Roger, attempts to show how and why.

Kevin B. Lee is Chief Video Essayist at Fandor. He has made over 250 video essays exploring film and media. His award-winning “Transformers: The Premake” was named one of the best documentaries of 2014 by Sight & Sound Magazine and played in several festivals including the Berlinale Film Festival Critics Week. Follow him on Twitter at @alsolikelife.

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