Manoel de Oliveira

1908 - 2015

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Manoel Cândido Pinto de Oliveira (Portuguese: [mɐnuˈɛɫ 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 270,394 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Manoel de Oliveira is the 94th most popular film director (down from 87th in 2019), the 44th most popular biography from Portugal (up from 53rd 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 94 out of 1,580Before him are Jim Jarmusch, Oliver Stone, John Huston, Fred Zinnemann, Victor Fleming, and Louis Malle. After him are Robert Bresson, René Clair, Carlos Saura, Wolfgang Petersen, Sidney Lumet, and Peter Brook.

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Among people born in 1908, Manoel de Oliveira ranks 29Before him are Amon Göth, David Lean, Nelson Rockefeller, Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Ilya Frank, and Franz Stangl. After him are Hannes Alfvén, Joseph McCarthy, David Oistrakh, Balthus, William Saroyan, and Carole Lombard. Among people deceased in 2015, Manoel de Oliveira ranks 27Before him are Kenan Evren, Ulrich Beck, Otto Carius, Richard von Weizsäcker, Oliver Sacks, and Laura Antonelli. After him are Nicholas Winton, James Last, Colleen McCullough, Eduardo Galeano, Douglass North, and Zito.

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In Portugal

Among people born in Portugal, Manoel de Oliveira ranks 44 out of 479Before him are Henry, King of Portugal (1512), John VI of Portugal (1767), Denis of Portugal (1261), Joseph I of Portugal (1714), Afonso II of Portugal (1185), and Sancho I of Portugal (1154). After him are Maria Manuela, Princess of Portugal (1527), Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (1948), Ferdinand I of Portugal (1345), Mário Soares (1924), Viriathus (-180), and Aníbal Cavaco Silva (1939).

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).