Manoel de Oliveira: O Cinema Inventado à Letra
It has been said so many times, as it will certainly be repeated, that Manoel de Oliveira's cinema is confused with the history of cinema, that Manoel de Oliveira has the age of cinema, or even that if cinema is the youngest In the arts, Manoel de Oliveira is the youngest of the filmmakers.
Even if it is true that the analysis of Oliveira's cinematographic trajectory may be worth a perspective of Portuguese cinema, it should be noted that he is the only active filmmaker to have made the journey from silent to sound and from black and white to color, and if you accept the trope that confuses freedom with rejuvenation, these affirmations, which are perhaps fair, do not allay the suspicion that the celebrity of Manoel de Oliveira is today, in Portugal, as great as his work is unknown.
The route through the work of Manoel de Oliveira that is proposed focuses above all on a formal analysis of some of the most characteristic configurations of the Oliveirian aesthetic.
Secondarying the chronology of filmmaking and focusing on issues related to image, we organized this exhibition in six chapters, all of them profusely illustrated with images from almost all the films made to date.
In 2019, the Serralves Foundation inaugurated the Casa do Cinema Manoel de Oliveira, as a new center of reference in the field of cinema and moving images, bringing together the filmmaker's extraordinary documentary nuclei.
Manoel Cândido Pinto de Oliveira was born on December 11, 1908, in Porto. He was the director with the longest career in the history of cinema, in a total of 84 years between his debut as a director (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 support. Having continued to film until the age of 106, Manoel de Oliveira received wide critical recognition, with a work that was awarded at the most important film festivals in the world.
- António Preto
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