Manoel De Oliveira

Director, Screenwriter, Editor
This preeminent Portuguese filmmaker began his career as an actor and documentary filmmaker in the 1920s and turned to fictional works in 1942. When his first feature, the brilliantly photographed children's film ... Read more »
Born: 12/11/1908 in Porto, PT

Filmography

Director (36)

Gebo and the Shadow 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Centro Histórico 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

The Strange Case of Angelica 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Belle Toujours 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Chacun son cinema 2007 (Movie)

("Rencontre Unique"/"Sole Meeting") (Director)

Magic Mirror 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

The Fifth Empire 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Christopher Columbus - The Enigma 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Il quinto impero - leri come oggi 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

A Talking Picture 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Espelho Magico 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

O Quinto Imperio 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

I'm Going Home 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

The Uncertainty Principle 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Word and Utopia 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Oporto of My Childhood 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

The Letter 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Inquietude 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Voyage to the Beginning of the World 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Party 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

The Convent 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Soulier de Satin 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Blind Man's Buff 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

The Valley of Abraham 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

O Dia do Desespero 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

The Divine Comedy 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Non, ou la vaine gloire de commander 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Os Canibais 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Mon cas 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Nice a propos de Jean Vigo 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Francisca 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Amor der Perdicao 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Amora de Perdicao 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Benilde ou a Virgem Mae 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

O Passado e o Presente 1970 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (34)

Gebo and the Shadow 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Centro Histórico 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl 2010 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

The Strange Case of Angelica 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Belle Toujours 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Magic Mirror 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Fifth Empire 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Christopher Columbus - The Enigma 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Il quinto impero - leri come oggi 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Talking Picture 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Espelho Magico 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I'm Going Home 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Uncertainty Principle 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Word and Utopia 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Oporto of My Childhood 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Letter 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Inquietude 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Voyage to the Beginning of the World 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Party 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Convent 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Soulier de Satin 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blind Man's Buff 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Valley of Abraham 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Valley of Abraham 1993 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

O Dia do Desespero 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Divine Comedy 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Non, ou la vaine gloire de commander 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Os Canibais 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mon cas 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Francisca 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Amor der Perdicao 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Amora de Perdicao 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Benilde ou a Virgem Mae 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

O Passado e o Presente 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Editor (10)

The Uncertainty Principle 2002 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Convent 1995 (Movie)

(Editor)

Blind Man's Buff 1993 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Valley of Abraham 1993 (Movie)

(Editor)

O Dia do Desespero 1991 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Divine Comedy 1991 (Movie)

(Editor)

Non, ou la vaine gloire de commander 1990 (Movie)

(Editor)

Os Canibais 1988 (Movie)

(Editor)

Benilde ou a Virgem Mae 1973 (Movie)

(Editor)

O Passado e o Presente 1970 (Movie)

(Editor)
Actor (4)

40X15: Forty Years of the Directors' Fortnight 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Christopher Columbus - The Enigma 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Oporto of My Childhood 2000 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Voyage to the Beginning of the World 1998 (Movie)

Conductor (Actor)
Producer (1)

O Passado e o Presente 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

This preeminent Portuguese filmmaker began his career as an actor and documentary filmmaker in the 1920s and turned to fictional works in 1942. When his first feature, the brilliantly photographed children's film "Aniki-Bo" failed to find an audience, he retreated for close to 15 years before returning to moviemaking. By the time, Oliveira began to receive worldwide attention as a prominent director, he was already in his 60s. Thirty years later, he was still making accomplished films that captivated critics and audiences.

Relationships

Maria Isabel Brandao Carvalhais Oliveira

Wife
married in 1940

Francisco Jose de Oliveira

Father
first Portugese manufacturer of electric lamps

Adelaide Maria de Oliveira

Daughter

Isabel Maria de Oliveira

Daughter

Jose Manuel de Oliveira

Son

Manuel Casimiro de Oliveira

Son
appeared in "Nice, a propos de Jean Vigo" with father, co-directed the 60-minute film "Simposio international de escupltura" (1985)

Casimiro Oliveira

Brother

EDUCATION

Colegio de la Guardia

quit before graduating

Colegio Universal

primary school

studied acting with Rino Lupo in Porto

Milestones

2007

Helmed "Belle Toujours," an eccentric sequel to "Belle de Jour" with Bulle Ogier in the Catherine Deneuve role

2004

Helmed the dark comedy "Um Filme Falado/A Talking Picture"

1999

At age 90, modernized "La Princess de Cleves" as "A Carta/La lettre/The Letter", starring Chiara Mastroianni as a woman struggling to retain her virtue in contemporary society

1997

Made semi-autobiographical feature "Viagem ao principio do mundo/Voyage to the Beginning of the World", in which Marcello Mastroianni played a filmmaker named Manoel reminiscing about his childhood

1996

Wrote and directed "Party", starring Michel Piccoli as an aging Don Juan

1995

Teamed Catherine Denueve and John Malkovich in the drama "The Convent"

1993

Using Flaubert's "Madame Bovary" as inspiration, wrote, edited and directed "Vale Abraao/The Valley of Abraham"

1992

Made biographical drama about Camilo Castelo Branco, "O dia do desespero/The Day of Despair"

1991

Wrote, directed and edited "The Divine Comedy", a drama set in an insane asylum

1988

Edited, wrote and directed "Os Canibas/The Cannibals", an opera about a love triangle

1987

Debut as playwright, "De Produndis", based on a story by Agustina Bessa Luis and poems by Jose Regio

1986

Adapted another Regio play as "Mon cas/My Case"; selected as opening night presentation at the Venice Film Festival

1985

Wrote and directed the nearly seven-hour "Sapato de cetim/The Silk Slipper", an adaptation of Paul Claudel's 1929 verse drama "Le Soulier de satin"; spent two years making the film

1982

Made the autobiographical "Memorias e confissoes/Memories and Confession", based on his family history; decided the film should not be released until after his death

1981

Appeared in Joao Botelho's "I, the Other/Conversa acabada"

1981

"Francesca", based on the novel "Fanny Owen", selected for the Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival

1978

Made "Amor de Perdicao/Ill-Fated Love", a loose adaptation of "Romeo and Juliet"; first feature to receive widespread festival screenings

1975

Directed "Benilde ou a Virgem Mae/Benilde: Virgin and Mother", based on a play by Jose Regio

1970

At age 63, made return to fiction films with "O passado e o presente/Past and Present"

1964

Last film on which he served as cameraman, the short "As pinturas do meu irmao Julio/My Brother Julio's Paintings" (filmed in 1959), a collaboration with poet Jose Regio and his painter brother Julio

1964

Retrospective of film work at Locarno

1963

Helmed the fictional short "A Caca/The Hunt"

1963

Filmed a Passion Play in northeastern Portugal for the documentary "Acto da primavera/The Passion of Jesus"

1959

Wrote, directed and produced "O pao/Bread", a documentary commissioned by Portugal's National Federation of Industrial Millers; also edited and served as cameraman

1956

First film in 14 years, "O pintor e a cidade/The Painter and the City", a 45-minute documentary which contrasted photographic images of the city of Oporto with native painter Antonio Cruz's canvasses; served as writer, director, editor, producer and camer

1955

Traveled to Germany to study color film techniques

1942

Supported family by farming; wrote various scripts but no film projects came to fruition

1941

Feature film writing and directing debut, the children's film "Aniki-Bobo"; at the time of its release was called "immoral" by many critics and proved a box office failure; inthe 1980s thanks to repeated showings on Portuguese television, it had become on

1933

Acted in "A cancao de Lisboa/Song of Lisbon"; Portugese's first full sound film

1931

Filmmaking debut as director, editor and scenarist with the documentary "Douro, faina fluvial/Hard Labor on the River Douro"; re-released 1934 with a score by Luis de Freitas Branco

1929

Worked with painter Ventura Porfirio on an animated film that was eventually abandoned

1928

Acting debut in the silent "Fatima Milagrosa", directed by Rino Lupo

1927

With others attempted--but failed--to make a film about Portugal's participation in WWI

1925

Joined father's business aged 17 (date approximate)

During the 1930s, made shorts and documentaries; also worked on various projects that for many reasons were never completed

While growing up, competed as a gymnast and athlete

Competed as a race car driver in Portugal and Brazil up until 1940

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