The New/Old Patriarchal Auteurism: Manoel de Oliveira, the Male Gaze and Women’s Representation

  • Ingrid LewisEmail author
  • Irena Sever Globan


This chapter discusses the figure of Manoel de Oliveira, the renowned Portuguese auteur whose filmmaking career spanned from 1931 to 2015. Lewis and Sever Globan argue that Oliveira’s longevity and prolific career allowed him to carry into the twenty-first century a set of female representations which can be considered highly problematic in the context of contemporary society. By focusing on Belle Toujours (2006), Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl (2009) and The Strange Case of Angelica (2010), the chapter explains how Oliveira’s recent films set in place an intricate process of reviving a regressive patriarchal auteurism which is performed through mechanisms of male identification, male gaze and a strong voyeuristic element.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Creative Arts, Media and MusicDundalk Institute of TechnologyDundalkIreland
  2. 2.Catholic University of CroatiaZagrebCroatia

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