Very pleased to learn in 'Les Cahiers' that Manoel de Oliveira is still active, at 105. Unfortunately it seems that his last project, as all Portuguese productions in the current period, has financing problems. The main character of this project is 'the old man of the Rostello', coming directly from Camoes' Luisiadas. I have done myself a very brief reference to the old man of Rostello in my 'Minimae Blasphemiae' (visible for friends on Vimeo). But my work is a very very modest one compared to the one of the Master. No need to say !
Parabéns mestre! 104 anos de cinema puro. ¡Viva o cinema e viva Oliveira!
He has two more features coming out. This man....I'm completely in awe of him. Can we in the film community make him whatever our version of a saint is, please?
finally my submission of 'porto of my childhood' appears (you're welcome). EVERYONE, SEE THAT MOVIE!
What is Oliveira's current status in Portugal? Are his films popular, or do people just pay lip service to him being a great and important director without bothering to watch his movies?
The status is: would you die already? They want him dead, so that they can say "oh I loved him the whole time and I was a huge supporter of his film work, and I both like and respect his body of work" BULLSHIT! Most people here, don't see his films (and have done so since the late 70's when Amor de Perdição/ Doomed Love premiered on both the theatre and on tv. Ever since then, whenever a new film of his comes out, it's meet with both contempt and dislike . Him again? Facepalm. Won't he die already? How does he do that (not refering to his film technique but more refering to how does he not die since he's so so so so old): The thing is that he faced 2 "droughts" without filming. (42-56/ 65-72) He was censored. He had to race cars. Had he not had money on his family and he'd starved to death like César Monteiro.
I've not seen a single film from this obviously prolific director. So I'm curious... what does everyone think is his best film?