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Portuguese cinema legend Oliveira dies aged 106

by AFP.


Portuguese cinema legend Manoel de Oliveira, whose film-making career ran from the silent era into the digital age, died on Thursday at the age of 106.

The award-winning director made more than 50 films, including features and documentaries, over the course of a career that began in 1931. And despite his fragile health, he completed his last work, a short film, only last year.

“Portuguese culture lost one of its most important figures today,” said Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho as tributes poured in.

The northern coastal city of Porto, where Oliveira was born and where he died, declared three days of mourning.

His funeral will be held in Porto on Friday.

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