Friday, December 12, 2008

Wooden structure

Solid looking structure holding a glass dome of a shopping mall at Carcavelos.
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And speaking of solid structures:

Manoel de Oliveira is the oldest active movie director in the world. His work has been awarded 39 times, not only in Portugal but also in several cinema festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Montréal, Chicago or Tokyo. Actors like Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich, Marcello Mastroianni, Irene Papas or Michel Piccoli have worked with him. Yesterday he has celebrated his 100th birthday while shooting his new movie and he is allready working on the next. Isn't this amazing?

18 comments:

Julie said...

Excellent achievement! I suspect this image of him may be a little ancien itself ...

Olivier said...

bravo pour mr Manoel de Oliveira, un très grand réalisateur, j'ai beaucoup aimé "la lettre" avec Chiara Mastroianni.

Peter said...

Incredible to see how he seems to have been particuarly active after his 80th birthday! (That make you optimistic!)

JM said...

Yes, Julie, he looks older now, but this is the best portrait I've found on the net.

Dusty Lens said...

All the converging strong lines make an excellent photo. Congrats to Manoel de Oliveira!

Tash said...

The truss is great - looks very structurally sound. Mr. de Oliveira is absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing his achievements with us - I'm off to look up his films.

marie6 said...

Wow, 100 years old and still going strong, bless him!
And that amazing structure will sure impress my husband!

Walker said...

Love the post with the connection between structure and solid efforts, excellent!

Tanya said...

Wow, that is an incredible accomplishment! Happy Birthday to Manoel! What a wonderful story :)

J ..de Santa Fe said...

How uplifting to hear of vitality and creativity thriving at 100! My dear friend, Robert Altman, was still planning another film when he died at 84. In fact, he had hidden his heart transplant from the press for years ... so that he could still be eligible for the required insurance by the studio.
Also -- your photo of the wooden structure inspired one of the photos I posted today. Guess which one??

nobu said...

Fine structure...

100th birthday, and still work as movie director, wonderful!!
He is around same genaration with Yasujiro Ozu.

Marie-Noyale said...

Funny,I was just listening to a French radio through the Internet and they were talking about Mr de Oliveira;
They were saying that he was much more appreciated outside of his country. In an interview he was saying that making a movie was his best way of resting!!!
INspiring....

Denton said...

The subject of both photos are very solid indeed ... I'm most impressed by the accomplishments and current activities of Manoel de Oliveira.

Virginia said...

More power to him. He's a fine looking man even if that's not a recent photo. Peter's right, may we all be optimistic !! thanks for sharing this with us JM>
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humanobserver said...

Thank you very much for sharing his achievements....

jill said...

That truss structure indeed does look solid and Mr Oliveira has proven himself to be so.

Babzy said...

happy birthday Mr De Oliveira !

USelaine said...

I hope I'm so happily creative throughout my oldest years!