178 Great Directors: Manoel de Oliveira

“Agriculture was a great lesson, both from the perspective of nature and from a human point of view, thanks to the contact with the workers. At the same time, it allowed me time for a profound reflection about the act of filming. It gave me a deeper consciousness of cinema.”

What Got This Director Here?
: Abraham’s Valley and a long career.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Francisca, which I admittedly need to rewatch.

What Did I Watch: Aniki Bobo.

Where Does He Fit: After one of the most unintentionally hilarious openings ever, Aniki Bobo happily settles into a rhythm of being the sort of film you could probably get away with taking your kids to even today if they were capable of reading the subtitles. It’s absolutely nothing like the two other De Oliveira films that I have seen, but it was also a debut, so you have to wonder where the development of his style from friendly neorealism to incredibly weird, deliberately stilted dramas with wooden actors came along. Irrespective of that thought, this is charming and goes down easily. Short, too!


Most Valuable Asset: I have no idea. Some strange literary sensibility?
Most Excited For: Francisca rewatch + Abraham’s Valley.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: I think so.

Coming Up Next: Portuguese legend Manoel de Oliveira.


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