At 93, the Portuguese auteur Manoel de Oliveira is the only working director who began his career in silent cinema. He remembers his youthful crush on Mary Pickford and starring as an actor in Portugal's first talkie. Beyond his numerous period films, details of times past—an elegant woman wearing a 1930s hat and veil, or the fin-de-siècle tunes of a Parisian organ grinder—turn up even in his contemporary dramas, yet there's nothing remotely dated about his work. He's acutely aware of the passage of time; behind his tinted green glasses, his... More >>>