You can teach an old dog new tricks. In his latest film, “The Strange Case of Angelica,” 102-year-old (that’s no typo) Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira uses computer-generated images for the first time in his long career.
They come in dream sequences involving the ghost of Angelica (Pilar Lopez de Ayala) and Isaac, a young photographer (Ricardo Trepa).
One rainy night in an ancient town, Isaac is summoned to an estate to take photos of newlywed — and newly dead — Angelica. She’s decked out in her wedding dress and lying on a divan, holding a bouquet of flowers.
Looking into his viewfinder, Isaac sees the strawberry-blond woman open her eyes and smile. Could this be?
From then on, Isaac finds himself madly in love. Angelica appears to him in his dreams, and the two embrace and appear to float through the night air into the great beyond.
As usual with Oliveira, “The Strange Case of Angelica” is beautifully composed, filmed and acted, with lavish period detail.