Misterios de Lisboa

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The late, famed Chilean filmmaker Raoul Ruiz refused to be pigeonholed. His work — whether in film, TV or theater — could be experimental and goofy, or staid and melodramatic, but it was always elegant and thought-provoking. His last show was an epic six-hour television novella, adapted from the romance by 19th-century Portuguese writer Camilo Branco, Misterios de Lisboa (Mysteries of Lisbon), which is turned into a sprawling period saga with multiple voice-overs and contradictory points of view. The TV miniseries — replete with sumptuous costumes and sets, plenty of repressed sex, rhapsodic camerawork by André Szankowski, and a heaping feast of deep-dish emotion — was such a hit, the producers decided to release it as a movie. Although cut down, it still lasts four and a half hours, but the melodrama speeds by. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is screening Misterios in two parts. Part 1 is 7 p.m. Friday, and Part 2 is 6 p.m. Saturday. Museum of Fine Arts, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7515 or visit www.mfah.org. $5 to $7.
Fri., Feb. 24, 7 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 25, 6 p.m., 2012
 
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