They are famous, weighed down by honour, celebrated, highly esteemed… aged and ancient. The father, in an attempt to save his son from becoming decrepit, tries to drive his son to suicide. He has his work cut out for him. When the curtain falls on this tragic comedy, we have been moved in time to Porto in the thirties. Suzy, a kept woman, who is probably going to die on the operating table, sums up her philosophy on life: “This is but a detail.” To comfort the dandy who has just had a very intense affair with this women, a friend tells him the tale of Fisalina. A country girl who discovers that her fingertips are made of gold. She becomes the mother of a river for a thousand years. —Festival de Cannes
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
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