Ghostly Apparitions: Kuroneko and The Strange Case of Angelica

What would Halloween be without a few ghost stories? Two of the best will be part of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Ghostly Apparitions film screenings. First up is Kuroneko (Yabu no nka no kuroneko). Director Kaneto Shindô’s 1968 thriller is set in medieval Japan, a time when the country was ripped apart by war. A man is sent after a demon that’s been killing samurai, but instead of a monster, he finds two women who look like his dead mother and wife.

The second offering is The Strange Case of Angelica (O Estranho Caso de Angélica). Released just last year, Angelica is the latest effort by the 102-year-old Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira. In it, a young photographer is captivated by a woman he sees through his camera lens. She’s dead, but through his lens she comes alive again.

Both films have English subtitles. Kuroneko screens at 8 p.m. Friday, 9 p.m. Saturday, and 5 p.m. Sunday. The Strange Case of Angelica screens at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713‑639‑7515 or visit www.mfah.org. $5 to $7.
Oct. 28-30, 2011

 
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