The work of Manoel de Oliveira (Porto, 1908) constitutes one of the most original chapters in the history of cinema, whose possibilities were reinvented by him through a language that is unique to him. The reception of his work has gained universal recognition, as demonstrated by the numerous awards given out by film festivals, cinematheques and academies around the world.
This first volume of a series of three catalogs associated with the exhibition that the Serralves Foundation Museum dedicated to Manoel de Oliveira, brings together texts by João Fernandes and Manoel de Oliveira as well as a conversation between João Bénard da Costa and João Fernandes.
Extensively illustrated with stills, scene and shooting photographs, including his most recent films, the book raises new points of view for the knowledge and for the discussion of Oliveira's work.
Manoel Cândido Pinto de Oliveira was born on December 11, 1908, in Porto. He was the director with the longest career in cinema history, with a total of 84 years between his directorial debut (with Douro, Faina Fluvial, in 1931) and his last film (Um Século de Energia, in 2015).
With a filmography that includes more than fifty titles, he was the only filmmaker to move from silent cinema to sound cinema, from black and white to color and from nitrate film to digital media. Having continued to film until the age of 106, Manoel de Oliveira had wide critical recognition, with a work that was awarded at the most important film festivals in the world.
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