In his final role, Marcello Mastrioanni is wonderfully cast as an aging film director, modeled on Oliveira himself, traveling with three young actors through northern Portugal and past places he had known in his youth. The leisurely pace, sensuous beauty of the passing landscapes, and Mastrioanni’s touching performance all contribute to the film’s rich evocation of place and time. A brilliant and emotionally rich road movie that deserves comparison to Bergman’s Wild Strawberries, Voyage marks a high point in Oliveira’s late career and remains deservedly among his best-known and most beloved works. –Harvard Film Archive
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
The most "commercial" film by Dom Manoel, is also his submission to the worldwide audience. Never the words were so vital in a film. Many subjects: the loss of family and language, the identity of a filmmaker or an actor, the Time. Beautiful reflection where life is linked with death in a circular motion.