Papa Manoel Turns 100
"How many filmmaker have lived to witness their own centenaries?" I asked rhetorically this past spring on the occasion of the UCLA Film & Television Archive's month-long retrospective of films by the master Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira. Well, today Oliveira officially joins that list and, fittingly, he's celebrating the occasion on the set of his latest movie, Singularities of a Blonde Girl (based on a short story by another Portuguese master, Eça de Queiróz), which he expects to complete in time for February's Berlin Film Festival. "To stop my work means to die," Oliveira told the French news service AFP earlier this week. In which case, may he never stop working. Back in March, I wrote at length about Oliveira's films and also conducted an e-mail interview with the man himself.