Thursday, March 06, 2008

Manoel de Oliveira

Dennis Lim on Manoel de Oliveira.
When referring to the Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira, it is now — and has been for some time — customary to affix the phrase "world's oldest active filmmaker." The operative word is "active." Oliveira, who turns 100 in December, has made at least one movie a year since 1990 (when he was 82). His late-career surge, a gratifyingly long goodbye, defies preconceptions of what an artist's twilight period should be. Oliveira's undaunted productivity is remarkable, as is the undimmed creative vigor of his films.
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