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Film, "The Strange Case of Angelica": The power of a spirit's smile

"The Strange Case of Angelica": The power of a spirit's smile

In 1952, Manoel de Oliveira sketched a fable of impossible longing that became, finally, The Strange Case of Angelica. Though the automobile models in de Oliveira's 2010 film are modern, many plot details remain of the period of its writing:…
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Film, Royal Shaft

Royal Shaft

Where is the dividing line between romantic devotion and psychotic obsession? How can you know whether your romance is Titanic or Fatal Attraction? Veteran Spanish writer/director Vicente Aranda (Lovers) uses the story of Queen Joan "the Mad" (1479-1555) -- daughter…
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