Oporto of My Childhood

Film, Documentaries

Time Out says

This Proustian documentary, made when Oliveira was 93 years old, explores the great Portuguese film-maker's relationship with his home town, Oporto, the place which inspired his first film Douro, Faina Fluvial way back in 1931. Using old photographs and newsreels with dramatic reconstructions, he offers a vivid portrait of a city caught between the old and the new. When he was a child, Oporto didn't even have proper cinemas, film shows were improvised in sheds, Oliveira (born 1908) recalls. Most of the landmarks familiar from his youth have vanished. The brothels and cafés where he and his artist friends used to while away their days are long since closed. Even the house where he grew up is in ruins. The city I remember only remains alive in my sad memory, he sadly reflects. Poignant and playful, this is one of the old master's most accessible late films.

By: GM


Release details

62 mins

Cast and crew

Manoel de Oliveira
Julia Buisel
Jorge Trêpa
Ricardo Trêpa
Maria de Medeiros
Manoel de Oliveira
José Wallenstein
Rogério Samoras
Jose Maria Vaz da Silva
David Cardoso
Agustina Bessa-Luís
Leonor Silveira
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