Manoel de Oliveira

1908 - 2015

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Manoel Cândido Pinto de Oliveira (Portuguese: [mɐnuˈɛl doliˈvɐjɾɐ]; 11 December 1908 – 2 April 2015) was a Portuguese film director and screenwriter born in Cedofeita, Porto. He first began making films in 1927, when he and some friends attempted to make a film about World War I. In 1931, he completed his first film Douro, Faina Fluvial, a documentary about his home city Porto made in the city-symphony genre. He made his feature film debut in 1942 with Aniki-Bóbó and continued to make shorts and documentaries for the next 30 years, gaining a minimal amount of recognition without being considered a major world film director. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Manoel de Oliveira has received more than 383,824 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Manoel de Oliveira is the 114th most popular film director (down from 106th in 2019), the 66th most popular biography from Portugal (down from 59th in 2019) and the most popular Portuguese Film Director.

Manoel de Oliveira is a Portuguese film director who was born in 1908. He is most famous for his films, which are often about the solitude of old age.

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Among film directors, Manoel de Oliveira ranks 114 out of 2,041Before him are Robert Altman, David Fincher, John Huston, Terrence Malick, Kenji Mizoguchi, and Otar Iosseliani. After him are Jules Dassin, Peter Jackson, Jerzy Grotowski, David Lean, Sergei Bondarchuk, and John Woo.

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Among people born in 1908, Manoel de Oliveira ranks 33Before him are Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Franz Stangl, Amon Göth, Joseph Rotblat, Ilya Frank, and Werner von Haeften. After him are David Lean, William Saroyan, Arthur Adamov, Dmitry Ustinov, Carole Lombard, and Cesare Pavese. Among people deceased in 2015, Manoel de Oliveira ranks 34Before him are Kenan Evren, Irwin Rose, Charles H. Townes, Zito, Eduardo Galeano, and Maya Plisetskaya. After him are Oliver Sacks, Douglass North, Boris Nemtsov, Yoichiro Nambu, Alcides Ghiggia, and Wes Craven.

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In Portugal

Among people born in Portugal, Manoel de Oliveira ranks 66 out of 633Before him are Viriathus (-180), Miguel I of Portugal (1802), Carmen Miranda (1909), Diogo Dias (1450), Jorge Jesus (1954), and Isabella of Portugal, Queen of Castile (1428). After him are Jorge Sampaio (1939), John of God (1495), Maria João Pires (1944), Catherine of Braganza (1638), Barbara of Portugal (1711), and Francisco de Almeida (1450).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In Portugal

Among film directors born in Portugal, Manoel de Oliveira ranks 1After him are João César Monteiro (1939), Eduardo Serra (1943), Pedro Costa (1958), and Miguel Gomes (1972).