The man who was considered to be the last active director who worked in silent movies has died. Reuters reports that Manoel de Oliveira, known as the patriarch of Portuguese film, died today, April 2, 2015, at his home in Porto, in northern Portugal. He was 106.
“De Oliveira had been making movies since 1931, and age had not slowed him down,” the story reports. “He had shot about one film a year in the past two decades, more interested in movies as art than as commercial products but always finding audiences.”
Said actress Gloria de Matos: “His age was old. But he was a young boy at heart, which gave him enchantment with life. His attitude of an ingenuous child was admirable in his work.”