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Poll: Manoel de Oliveira 1908-2015

Portuguese film director Manoel de Oliveira passed away on April 2 of 2015. At an age of 106 years he is the only director in history whose career went from the silent films to the digital movies, he is also one of the most longevous filmmakers as he continued making films until his death.

Among his many recognitions he won two Golden Lions, five portuguese Golden Globes, a Chicago Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award and a honorary Golden Palm.

In his honour, which of these Manoel de Oliveira films is your favorite or you are more interested in watching?

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    The Strange Case of Angelica (2010)

    A photographer is asked by hotel owners to take portraits of their recently deceased daughter.
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    Belle toujours (2006)

    38 years after the original story (Belle de Jour), Henri Husson thinks he sees Séverine one night in a concert. He follows her and makes her face her past and with sadism takes a slow and painful revenge on her.
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    The Uncertainty Principle (2002)

    Having lost her place among the social elite, a widow remarries and starts a family.
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    The Letter (1999)

    A well-bred, lovely, spiritual, sad young woman marries an attentive physician who loves her. She feels affection but no love. Soon after, without design, she falls in love with Pedro Abrunhosa, a poet and performance artist. He also loves her.
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    Voyage to the Beginning of the World (1997)

    Manoel is aging film director who travels with the film crew through Portugal in search of the origins of Afonso, a famous French actor whose father emigrated from Portugal to France and in process remembers his own youth.
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    I'm Going Home (2001)

    The comfortable daily routines of aging Parisian actor Gilbert Valence, 76, are suddenly shaken when he learns that his wife, daughter, and son-in-law have been killed in a car crash.
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    Os Canibais (1988)

    A drama following stories of characters from the Portuguese High Society.
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    The Convent (1995)

    The journey of Michael Padovic, an American professor who arrives with his wife, Helene, at a Portuguese convent where he expects to find the documents needed to prove his theory: Shakespeare was born in Spain; not in England.
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    Magic Mirror (2005)

    Luciano, fresh out of jail, was taken by his brother, Flórido, to serve in the home of wealthy Alfreda. He was surprised when she told him that her greatest desire was to see the Virgin Mary
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    A Talking Picture (2003)

    A meditation on civilization. July, 2001: friends wave as a cruise ship departs Lisbon for Mediterranean ports and the Indian Ocean. On board and on day trips in Marseilles, Pompeii, Athens, Istanbul, and Cairo, a professor tells her young daughter about myth, history, religion, and wars.
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    Mon cas (1986)

    Four versions of the same story, first in the perspective of a theatre play, second in the perspective of a silent film, third in the perspective of a film of the 50s and finally in a biblical philosophical perspective.
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    Gebo et l'ombre (2012)

    Set in the late 19th century, about a honored but poor patriarch who sacrifices himself to protect his fugitive son.
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    Cristóvão Colombo - O Enigma (2007)

    A true story of a doctor and his wife who went on a journey in order to prove that discoverer Christopher Columbus was in fact Portuguese.
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    Word and Utopia (2000)

    The story of Father Antonio Vieira, a 17th-century Portuguese priest who lived in Brazil and worked for better treatment of the Indians and to abolish slavery.
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    Party (1996)

    The battle of the sexes? The forces of despair and seduction? On S. Miguel in the Azores, Rogério, a young man with old money, and his enigmatic wife Leonor host a garden party at their villa. The intriguing guests are an older unmarried couple, the philosophical and observant Irene, and Michel, a roué. While Rogério and Irene talk, Michel and Leonor go down to the sea. The conversations upset Rogério and capture Leonor's imagination.
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    Anxiety (1998)

    An anthology film drama featuring three tales linked by the theme of death.
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    O Dia do Desespero (1992)

    Portrait of the last days of the life of Portuguese writer Camilo Castelo Branco.
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    Abraham's Valley (1993)

    Ema is a very attractive but innocent girl, so pretty that cars crash in her presence. Young marries Dr. Carlo Paiva, who she is not attracted to, but is her father's friend. They move to the Valley of Abraham. Carlo loves her, but decides to sleep in a separate room, to avoid waking Ema when he has to return late at night. With time she begins to feel unhappy about her marriage so, with all the freedom she has, she takes a lover.
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    A Caixa (1994)

    Stories about neighboring in Lisbon are told by a homeless blind man who's only means of support is his elm box.
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    Porto of My Childhood (2001)

    This autobiographical film tells the story of director Manoel de Oliveira's youth in his beloved Oporto, Portugal.
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    A Divina Comédia (1991)

    In a mental institution the patients see themselves as people like Jesus, Lázaro, Marta, Maria, Adão, Eve, Sonia, Raskolnikov, Aliosha e Ivan Karamasov, a Philosopher, a Profet, Santa Teresa d'Avila, reciting the Divine Comedy.
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    The Satin Slipper (1985)

    During the century of the Spanish Gold, Doña Prouhèze, wife of a nobleman, deeply loves Don Rodrigo, who is forced to leave Spain and go to America. Meanwhile Prouhèze is sent to Africa to rule the city of Mogador
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    Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl (2009)

    A young man falls helplessly in love with a mysterious blonde woman who turns his life upside down.
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    Aniki Bóbó (1942)

    The story takes place in the old streets of Porto and by the banks of the Douro River. A gang of very young kids has just accepted a new member, Carlitos, a shy boy who has "played it tough" by stealing a doll in a shop. Carlitos soon develops a crush on Terezinha,the only girl of the group. The trouble is that Eduardo, the "boss", is also in love with the pretty little girl. And he will not allow any rival to challenge him...
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    'Non', ou A Vã Glória de Mandar (1990)

    Episodes from entire military history of Portugal are told through flashbacks as a professorish soldier recounts them while marching through a Portuguese African colony in 1973.
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    Labor on the Douro River (1931)

    A documentary that looks at the people working in the river Douro, around the city of Oporto.
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    Pedro Abrunhosa: Momento (2002)

    Music video made for Pedro Abrumhosa
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    The Fifth Empire (2004)

    Set mainly in one room, King Sebastian of Portugal converses with his counselors, court jesters, his grandmother and Simão Gomes, a 16th century visionary
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    Francisca (1981)

    The life of a young man, son of an English officer who lets himself become a prisoner of love resulting in fatalism and disgrace.
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    Benilde or The Virgin Mother (1975)

    Benilde, a girl brought up in a very religious environment, is kept by her father on a remote farm, away from the world.
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    Past and Present (1972)

    Vanda is a young widow, with a number of marriages past her, who tends to venerate each deceased husband, as much as she betrays and denigrates the present one.
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    Acto da Primavera (1963)

    Local people of Curalha, a small village, keep a tradition of representing the Passion of Jesus, since and according to a 16th text.
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    O Velho do Restelo (2014)

    Don Quixote, Luís de Camões, Camilo Castelo Branco and Teixeira de Pascoaes meet in an eternal garden in the middle of a modern city and talk about life.
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    Nice - À propos de Jean Vigo (1983)

    Part of a series in which foreign filmmakers portray a region or town in France. Manoel de Oliveira looks at Nice.
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    Memories and Confessions (1993)

    A docu-drama that follows Manoel de Oliveira's life during the times of dictatorship in Portugal. Yet to be released as Oliveira wished no one to see it until he was death.

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