1. “RIP Manoel de Oliveira : 1908 – 2015.” The Portuguese maestro, who began his moviemaking career in the 1930s, has died.
“Considering he’d reached the ripe old age of 106, there remained a steady stream of new stories about how Portuguese film writer and director Manoel de Oliveira still stubbornly attended to the craft of making movies, despite the odd health scare here and there. His last completed feature, the wonderful Gebo and the Shadow from 2012, confirmed that even in his advanced years, the simple poetics of cinema refused to elude him. Reports from the press in Portugal have announced his sad death. To say he had a great innings would be something of an understatement, but that doesn’t preclude a sense of shock; here was a director who began a major second wind during his seventies, with journalists collectively bemoaning that such creative fecundity should arrive so late in a man’s life. He kept on making movies for nearly 40 years longer.”