Manoel Cândido Pinto de Oliveira, GCSE (Portuguese pronunciation: [mɐnuˈɛɫ doliˈvɐjɾɐ]; born December 11, 1908) is a Portuguese film director born in Cedofeita, Porto. He is currently the oldest active film director in the world.
Manoel de Oliveira was born in Porto, Portugal on December 11, 1908, to Francisco José de Oliveira and Cândida Ferreira Pinto. His family were wealthy industrialists.
Oliveira attended school in Galicia, Spain and his goal as a teenager was to become an actor. He enrolled in Italian film-maker Rino Lupo’s acting school at age 20, but later changed his mind when he saw Walther Ruttmann’s documentary Berlin: Symphony of a City. This prompted him to direct his first film, also a documentary, titled Douro, Faina Fluvial (1931).
He also has the distinction of having acted in the second Portuguese sound film, A Canção de Lisboa (1933).
His first feature film came much later, in 1942. Aniki-Bóbó, a portrait of Oporto’s street children… read more
At first I thought to myself this is nothing but a travelogue, but Oliveira made me eat my words. This is one of those movies that does not announce its brilliance outright, but rather seeps into you. Slowly I found myself hypnotized, and by the middle of the first dinner scene I was enveloped within this world. It's so joyous and full of life, and just when you think you know where it's going, Oliveira pulls the carpet out from underneath you and just shatters everything. Beautiful.
A tepid, awkward travelogue interrupted by tepid, awkward dinner-table philosophy and put to rest by an awkward ending apparently intended to imbue the film with meaning through tragedy. The only success in the film was capturing John Malkovich's expression at the end of the movie and holding that one successful moment frozen through the credits.
Com o perdão da palavra, o mundo anda mesmo por caminhos bem tortuosos. É o que diz Manoel de Oliveira em seu penúltimo filme. Habilidoso, o diretor nos convida a acompanhar o cruzeiro de mãe e filha… read review