Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira dies at age 106, was last director to have worked in silent movies. Phil Furey reports.
Manoel de Oliveira, patriarch of Portuguese film and the world's last active director to have started his career in silent pictures, has died. The acclaimed director was 106 years old, and had been making movies since 1931. With his contemplative manner and slow-moving camera, he won acclaim far beyond Portugal and was an annual fixture at the top film festivals in Europe. His many awards included two Golden Lions in Venice and a Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival for lifetime achievement. His last film, a short entitled "Fountain of Virtues," premiered in December. De Oliveira died at home in his native Porto in northern Portugal.