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. . . in Small Packages: Manoel de Oliveira’s “Eccentricities of a Blonde Hair Girl”

. . . in Small Packages: Manoel de Oliveira's "Eccentricities of a Blonde Hair Girl"

Manoel de Oliveira’s Eccentricities of a Blonde Hair Girl, huggable at 64 minutes, occupies the filmmaker’s by-now familiar nether-Lisbon, in which lives are lived simultaneously in 1609, 1909, and 2009. Oliveira’s a filmmaker at which the adjective urbane could be lobbed equally as praise or slight depending on your tolerance for his scarily coherent (especially of late) body of work. And there aren’t too many surprises to be found within the scant boundaries of Eccentricities, except of course those inherent in any Oliveira film: the depth of investigation (narrative and philosophical), range of references, steely control over aesthetics, and, yes, urbane sense of whimsy. Click here to read the rest of Jeff Reichert’s review.

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