Manoel de Oliveira

Manoel de Oliveira

by Randal Johnson
ISBN-10:
0252032020
ISBN-13:
9780252032028
Pub. Date:
07/04/2007
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press

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Overview

Manoel de Oliveira


Understanding the iconoclastic work of a lifelong cinematic pioneer

With a career spanning over seventy years, Portuguese film director Manoel de Oliveira may be the oldest active filmmaker in the world today. Known for his distinctive formal techniques and philosophical treatment of themes such as frustrated love, nationhood, evil, and divine grace, the director's work has run consistently against the mainstream. Focusing primarily on his feature films, Randal Johnson navigates Oliveira's massive oeuvre, locating his work within the broader context of Portuguese and European cinema. He also examines multiple aspects of Oliveira's conception of film language, ranging from early concerns with cinematic specificity to hybrid discourses suggesting a tenuous line between film and theater on the one hand, and between fiction and documentary on the other.

A volume in the series Contemporary Film Directors, edited by James Naremore

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252032028
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 07/04/2007
Series: Contemporary Film Directors Series
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments....................xi
MANOEL DE OLIVEIRA: TALKING PICTURES....................1
The Early Years: 1931-65....................1
The Tetralogy of Frustrated Love....................22
To the Limit....................43
Bonfire of Vanities....................62
Voyages....................95
"A MENTAL CONCEPTION OF CINEMA": AN INTERVIEW BY JEAN A. GILI....................141
AN INTERVIEW WITH MANOEL DE OLIVEIRA BY RUY GARDNIER....................155
Filmography....................161
Bibliography....................177
Index....................183

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