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Yasujirô Ozu
Director, Tokyo Story
Tokyo-born Yasujiro Ozu was a movie buff from childhood, often playing hooky from school in order to see Hollywood movies in his local theatre. In 1923 he landed a job as a camera assistant at Shochiku Studios in Tokyo. Three years later, he was made an assistant director and directed his first film the next year...
“ 01 Early Summer (1951)
02 Tokyo Twilight (1957)
03 Good Morning (1959)
04 The End of Summer (1961)
05 I Was Born, But... (1932) ” - filip_akerman
“ 01 Casting a Glance (2007)
02 BNSF (2013)
03 One Way Boogie Woogie (1977)
04 Ten Skies (2004)
05 13 Lakes (2004) ” - filip_akerman
Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Apichatpong Weerasethakul (b. 1970, Bangkok) grew up in Khon Kaen, a city in the north east of Thailand. He has a degree in Architecture from Khon Kaen University and a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has been making films and videos since the early 90s...
“ 01 Tropical Malady (2004)
02 Syndromes and a Century (2006)
03 Cemetary of Splendour (2015)
04 Blissfully Yours (2002)
05 Mysterious Objects at Noon (2000) ” - filip_akerman
“ 01 Le Tempestaire (1947)
02 Coeur fidèle (1923)
03 Chanson d'Armor (1934)
04 La chute de la maison Usher (1928)
05 The Three-Sided Mirror (1926) ” - filip_akerman
Carl Theodor Dreyer
The illegitimate son of a Danish farmer and his Swedish housekeeper, Carl Theodor Dreyer was born in Copenhagen on the 3th of February, 1889. He spent his early years in various foster homes before being adopted by the Dreyers at the age of two. Contrary to popular belief (perhaps nourished by the fact...
“ 01 The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
02 The Word (1955)
03 Gertrud (1964)
04 Day of Wrath (1943)
05 Mikael (1924) ” - filip_akerman
Jacques Rivette
Although François Truffaut has written that the New Wave began "thanks to Rivette," the films of this masterful French director are not well known. Rivette, like his "Cahiers du Cinéma" colleagues Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol and Éric Rohmer, did graduate to filmmaking but, like Rohmer...
“ 01 Duelle (1976)
02 Céline and Julie go Boating (1974)
03 Le pont du nord (1981)
04 Paris Belongs to Us (1960)
05 Gang of Four (1988) ” - filip_akerman
“ 01 Nobody's Daughter Haewon (2013)
02 In Another Country (2012)
03 The Day He Arrives (2011)
04 Night and Day (2008)
05 Oki's Movie (2010) ” - filip_akerman
“ 01 Mr Thank You (1936)
02 Ornamental Hairpin (1941)
03 Nobuko (1940)
04 The Masseurs and a Woman (1938)
05 Four Seasons of Children (1939) ” - filip_akerman
Peter B. Hutton
Cinematographer, Skagafjördur
“ 01 Landscape (For Manon)
02 At Sea (2007)
03 Boston Fire (1979)
04 Budapest Portrait: Memories of a City (1986)
05 New York Portrait, Chapter I-III (1979-1990) ” - filip_akerman
Aki Kaurismäki
Aki Kaurismäki did a wide variety of jobs including postman, dish-washer and film critic, before forming a production and distribution company, Villealfa (in homage to Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville) with his older brother Mika Kaurismäki, also a film-maker. Both Aki and Mika are prolific film-makers...
“ 01 Shadows In Paradise (1985)
02 The Match Factory Girl (1989)
03 Ariel (1987)
04 I Hired a Contract Killer (1991)
05 Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana (1994) ” - filip_akerman
Victor Sjöström
Victor Sjöström was born on September 20, 1879, and is the undisputed father of Swedish film, ranking as one of the masters of world cinema. His influence lives on in the work of Ingmar Bergman and all those directors, both Swedish and international, influenced by his work and the works of directors whom he himself influenced...
“ 01 The Wind (1928)
02 The Man There Was (1917)
03 The Outlaw and His Wife (1918)
04 He Who Gets Slapped (1924)
05 Sons of Ingmar (1919) ” - filip_akerman
Andrei Tarkovsky
Writer, Solaris
The most famous Soviet film-maker since Sergei M. Eisenstein, Andrei Tarkovsky (the son of noted poet Arseniy Tarkovsky) studied music and Arabic in Moscow before enrolling in the Soviet film school V.G.I.K. He shot to international attention with his first feature, Ivan's Childhood, which won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival...
“ 01 Solaris (1972)
02 Stalker (1979)
03 The Mirror (1975)
04 Nostalghia (1983)
05 Andrei Rublev (1966) ” - filip_akerman
Miklós Jancsó
Miklos Jancsó was born in 1921 in Vac, Hungary. His mother Angela Poparada was Romanian and his father Sandor Jancsó Hungarian. Jancsó received a degree in Law from the University of Cluj-Napoca in 1944. After fighting in WWII and a brief period as a POW, he chose to join the Film and Theater Academy in Budapest...
“ 01 Red Psalm (1971)
02 Elektra (1974)
03 The Round-Up (1966)
04 The Red and the White (1967)
05 My Way Home (1965) ” - filip_akerman
Robert Bresson
Robert Bresson trained as a painter before moving into films as a screenwriter, making a short film (atypically a comedy), Public Affairs in 1934. After spending more than a year as a German POW during World War II, he made his debut with Angels of Sin in 1943. His next film, Les dames du Bois de Boulogne would be the last time he would work with professional actors...
“ 01 Mouchette (1967)
02 Au hasard Balthazar (1966)
03 Pickpocket (1959)
04 A Man Escaped (1956)
05 A Gentle Woman (1969) ” - filip_akerman
“ 01 L'inhumaine (1924)
02 The Late Mathias Pascal (1926)
03 L'argent (1928)
04 El Dorado (1921)
05 L'homme du large ” - filip_akerman
Michael Snow
Director, Wavelength
Central figure of the American avant-garde. An artist who made an isolated animated short, A to Z, Snow concentrated on his painting career until moving to New York in 1963. After attending avant-garde film screenings organized by critic-filmmaker Jonas Mekas and turning out a second film...
“ 01 La Région centrale (1971)
02 Wavelength (1967)
03 Back and Forth (1969)
04 One Second in Montreal (1969)
05 So Is This (1982) ” - filip_akerman
“ 01 Castro Street (1966)
02 Mass for the Dakota Sioux (1964)
03 Quick Billy (1971)
04 Tung (1966)
05 Valentin de las Sierras (1968) ” - filip_akerman
“ 01 Zorn's Lemma (1970)
02 Hapax Legomena III: Critical Mass (1971)
03 Hapax Legomena II: Poetic Justice (1972)
04 Hapax Legomena I: Nostalgia (1971)
05 Artificial Light (1969) ” - filip_akerman
Ming-liang Tsai
Born in Kuching, Malaysia, he graduated from the Drama and Cinema Department of the Chinese Cultural University of Taiwan and worked as a theatrical producer and TV director. His second feature film, Vive L'Amour, won the Golden Lion (best picture) at the 1994 Venice Film Festival. His idiosyncratic oeuvre continues to enthrall audiences worldwide.
“ 01 Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2002)
02 Vive L'Amour (1994)
03 Rebels of the Neon God (1992)
04 The River (1997)
05 The Wayward Cloud (2005) ” - filip_akerman
“ 01 Goshogaoka (1998)
02 Double Tide (2010)
03 Pine Flat (2006)
04 Lunch Break (2005)
05 Teatro Amazonas (1999) ” - filip_akerman
Artavazd Peleshian
Director, Mer dare
Creator of the "distange montage," Artavazd Peleshian, one of the key Soviet documentarians, removed the boundaries of feature and documentary films, editing both sequences as a real poetical unity. His "distange montage" was a new step in the development of film editing. Even his student works (The Earth of the People 1966 and the Beginning 1967) shot at VGIK...
Mikio Naruse
Director, Ukigumo
“ 01 Mother (1952)
02 Yearning (1964)
03 Apart from You (1933)
04 Late Chrysanthemums (1954)
05 Street Without End (1934) ” - filip_akerman
Peter Greenaway
Peter Greenaway trained as a painter and began working as a film editor for the Central Office of Information in 1965. Shortly afterwards he started to make his own films. He has produced a wealth of short and feature-length films, but also paintings, novels and other books. He has held several one-man shows and curated exhibitions at museums world-wide.
“ 01 A Zed & Two Noughts (1985)
02 The Falls (1980)
03 Vertical Features Remake (1978)
04 The Cook, The Thief, His Wife And Her Lover (1989)
05 Drowned by Numbers (1988) ” - filip_akerman
Éric Rohmer
Admirers have always had difficulty explaining Éric Rohmer's "Je ne sais quoi." Part of the challenge stems from the fact that, despite his place in French Nouvelle Vague (i.e., New Wave), his work is unlike that of his colleagues. While this may be due to the auteur's unwillingness to conform, some have argued convincingly that...
“ 01 Perceval (1979)
02 La collectionneuse (1967)
03 L'ami de mon amie (1987)
04 Claire's Knee (1970)
05 La rayon vert (1986) ” - filip_akerman
“ 01 A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
02 The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)
03 Faces (1968)
04 Opening Night (1977)
05 Shadows (1959) ” - filip_akerman
Norman McLaren
Producer, Neighbours
Norman McClaren is one of the most awarded filmmakers in the history of Canadian cinema, and a pioneer in both animation and filmmaking. Born in Scotland, he entered the Glasgow School of Fine Arts in 1932 to study set design. His early experiments in animation included actually scratching and painting the film stock itself...
“ 01 Pas de deux (1968)
02 Begone Dull Care (1949)
03 Lines: Vertical (1960)
04 Lines: Horizontal (1962)
05 Synchromy (1971) ” - filip_akerman
Marguerite Duras
Ms. Duras was born in southern Vietnam and lost her father at age 4. The family savings of 20 years bought the family a small plot in Cambodia, but everything was lost in a single season's flooding. The disaster killed her mother as a result. After high school in Saigon, Ms. Duras left Indochina to study law in Paris...
“ 01 India Song (1975)
02 Détruire, dit-elle (1969)
03 Nathalie Granger (1972)
04 Agatha et les lectures illimitées (1981) ” - filip_akerman
F.W. Murnau
Director, Nosferatu
F.W. Murnau was a German film director. He was greatly influenced by Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Shakespeare and Ibsen plays he had seen at the age of 12, and became a friend of director Max Reinhardt. During World War I he served as a company commander at the eastern front and was in the German air force, surviving several crashes without any severe injuries...
“ 01 Sunrise (1927)
02 Phantom (1922)
03 Tartuffe (1925)
04 The Last Laugh (1924)
05 Faust (1926) ” - filip_akerman
David Lynch
Born in 1946 in Missoula, Montana, David Lynch was raised in small-town America. After high school, he went to Boston to attend the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Shortly after that, he planned a three-year trip to Europe to work on his art, but didn't take to it and left after 15 days. In 1977...
“ 01 Mulholland Dr. (2001)
02 Inland Empire (2006)
03 Blue Velvet (1987)
04 Lost Highway (1997)
05 Eraserhead (1977) ” - filip_akerman
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Above all, Rainer Werner Fassbinder was a rebel whose life and art was marked by gross contradiction. Openly homosexual, he married twice; one of his wives acted in his films and the other served as his editor. Accused variously by detractors of being anticommunist, male chauvinist, antiSemitic and even antigay...
“ 01 World on a Wire (1973)
02 Chinese Roulette (1976)
03 Fear of Fear (1975)
04 Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980)
05 Fear Eats the Soul (1974) ” - filip_akerman
“ 01 Happiness (1965)
02 Kung-Fu Master (1987)
03 La Pointe Courte (1956)
04 Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)
05 The Gleaners and I (2000) ” - filip_akerman
“ 01 Adebar (1957)
02 Arnulf Rainer (1960)
03 Schwechater (1958)
04 Unsere Afrikareise (1966)
05 Mosaik im Vertrauen (1955) ” - filip_akerman
Jean Renoir
Son of the famous Impressionist painter Pierre Auguste, he had a happy childhood. Pierre Renoir was his brother, and Claude Renoir was his nephew. After the end of World War I, where he won the Croix de Guerre, he moved from scriptwriting to filmmaking. He married Catherine Hessling, for whom he began to make movies; he wanted to make a star of her...
“ 01 Three Days (1991)
02 Freedom (2000)
03 The House (1997)
04 Few of Us (1996)
05 Korridor (1995) ” - filip_akerman
“ 01 A Child's Garden and the Serious Sea (1991)
02 Yggdrasill: Whose Roots Are Stars in the Human Mind (1997)
03 The Dante Quartet (1987)
04 Anticipation of the Night (1958)
05 The Riddle of Lumen (1972) ” - filip_akerman
João César Monteiro
Born in Figueira da Foz, a cosmopolitan beach resort, moved to Lisbon at the age of 15. In 1963 studies cinema at London School of Technique and starts his first movie at 1965 only concluded five years later. "Silvestre" from Portuguese short stories was presented at Venice Film Festival, where he returns with "Souvenirs from the Yellow House - Recordações da Casa Amarela" and wins the Silver Lion...
“ 01 Silvestre (1982)
02 Hovering Over the Water (1986)
03 A Comédia de Deus (1995)
04 The Last Dive (1992)
05 As Bodas de Deus (1999) ” - filip_akerman
Werner Herzog
Director, Grizzly Man
Director. Writer. Producer. Has studied history, literature and theatre, but hasn't finished it. Founded his own production company in 1963. Has staged several operas, besides others in Bayreuth, Germany, and at the Milan Scala in Italy. Herzog has won numerous national and international awards for his films.
“ 01 The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)
02 Stroszek (1977)
03 Fitzcarraldo (1982)
04 Land of Silence and Darkness (1971)
05 Even Dwarfs Started Small (1971) ” - filip_akerman
Roberto Rossellini
The master filmmaker Roberto Rossellini, as one of the creators of neo-realism, is one of the most influential directors of all time. His neo-realist films influenced France's nouvelle vague movement in the 1950s and '60s that changed the face of international cinema. He also influenced American directors, including Martin Scorsese...
Kenji Mizoguchi
Director, Ugetsu
Coming from a lower class family Mizoguchi entered the production company Nikkatsu as an actor specialized in female roles. Later he became an assistant director and made his first film in 1922. Although he filmed almost 90 movies in the silent era, only his last 12 productions are really known outside of Japan because they were especially produced for Venice (e.g...
“ 01 The Bogeyman (1979)
02 Kanchana Sita (1977)
03 Stephen (1980)
04 The Circus Tent (1978) ” - filip_akerman
Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray was born in Calcutta on May 2, 1921. His father, Late Sukumar Ray was an eminent poet and writer in the history of Bengali literature. In 1940, after receiving his degree in science and economics from Calcutta University, he attended Tagore's Viswa-Bharati University. His first movie Pather Panchali won several International Awards and set Ray as a world-class director...
“ 01 The World of Apu (1959)
02 Pather Panchali (1955)
03 The Music Room (1958)
04 The Big City (1963)
05 Aparajito (1956) ” - filip_akerman
Michelangelo Antonioni
Writer, Blow-Up
Michelangelo Antonioni was born in 1912 into a middle-class family and grew up in bourgeois surroundings of the Italian province. In Bologna he studied economics and commerce while he painted and also wrote criticism for a local newspaper. In 1939 he went to Rome and worked for the journal "Cinema" studying directorship at the School of Cinema...
“ 01 Red Desert (1964)
02 The Passenger (1975)
03 Blow Up (1966)
04 The Night (1961)
05 The Eclipse (1962) ” - filip_akerman
Germaine Dulac
The daughter of a cavalry captain, she was raised by a grandmother in Paris, where she studied various forms of art with an emphasis on music and the opera. In 1905 she married engineer-novelist Marie-Louis Albert-Dulac and under his influence veered toward journalism. As one of the leading radical feminists of her day...
“ 01 L'invitation au voyage (1928)
02 Thèmes et variations (1927)
03 La coquille et le clergyman (1928)
04 Étude cinégraphique sur une arabesque (1929)
05 Celles qui s'en font (1926) ” - filip_akerman
“ 01 Woman of the Lake (1966)
02 Impasse (1967)
03 Eros Plus Massacre (1970)
04 Heroic Purgatory (1970)
05 The Affair (1967) ” - filip_akerman
Louis Feuillade
Director, Les vampires
A prolific director--over 700 films, most of them short- or medium-length--Louis Feuillade began his career with Gaumont where, as well as directing his own features, he was appointed artistic director in charge of production in 1907. His work was largely comprised of film series; his first series, begun in 1910 and numbering 15 episodes...
Jean-Luc Godard
Director, My Life to Live
Jean-Luc Godard was born in Paris on December 3, 1930, the second of four children in a bourgeois Franco-Swiss family. His father was a doctor who owned a private clinic, and his mother came from a preeminent family of Swiss bankers. During World War II Godard became a naturalized citizen of Switzerland and attended school in Nyons (Switzerland)...
“ 01 Alphaville (1965)
02 Band of Outsiders (1964)
03 The Joy of Learning (1969)
04 Contempt (1963)
05 Crazy Pete (1965) ” - filip_akerman
Maya Deren
Maya Deren came to the USA in 1922 as Eleanora Derenkowsky. Together with her father, a psychiatrist, and her mother, an artist, she fled the pogroms against Russian Jews. She studied journalism and political science in at Syracuse University in New York, finishing her BA at NYU in June 1936 and then received her MA in English literature from Smith in 1939...
“ 01 Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)
02 Ritual in Transfigured Time (1946)
03 At Land (1944)
04 The Very Eye of Night (1958)
05 A Study in Choreography for Camera (1945) ” - filip_akerman
“ 01 From the East (1993)
02 Les rendez-vous d'Anna (1978)
03 Toute une nuit (1982)
04 News From Home (1977)
05 Jeanne Dielman (1975) ” - filip_akerman
Ernst Lubitsch
From Ernst Lubitsch's experiences in Sophien Gymnasium (high school) theater, he decided to leave school at the age of 16 and pursue a career on the stage. He had to compromise with his father and keep the account books for the family tailor business while he acted in cabarets and music halls at night...
Abbas Kiarostami
Director, Certified Copy
Abbas Kiarostami was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1940. He graduated from university with a degree in fine arts before starting work as a graphic designer. He then joined the Center for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, where he started a film section, and this started his career as a filmmaker at the age of 30...
“ 01 La vallée close (1995)
02 Jeune femme à sa fenêtre lisant (1983)
03 Deux fois le tour du monde (2006)
04 Saudade (2012)
05 Faux départ (2006) ” - filip_akerman
Frederick Wiseman
Director, Titicut Follies
Born in 1930, Wiseman is a Cambridge, Massachusetts resident and member of the Massachusetts Bar Association who turned to filmmaking in 1967, after years as an instructor and/or researcher at Boston University, Brandeis University, and Harvard. In 1970 he founded Zipporah Films, Inc., which continues to distribute his documentaries...
“ 01 Belfast, Maine (1999)
02 High School (1966)
03 Titicut Follies (1967)
04 Essene (1972)
05 At Berkeley (2013) ” - filip_akerman
Aleksandr Sokurov
Director, Russkiy kovcheg
Alexandr Sokurov is a Russian director of avant-garde and independent films that have won him international acclaim. A son of an army officer, Sokurov was born in 1951, and spent his childhood traveling with his family around Russia as his father was transferred from one location to another. This fast change of places and schools kept him lonely...
“ 01 Russian Ark (2002)
02 The Second Circle (1990)
03 The Stone (1992)
04 Days of the Eclipse (1988)
05 Mournful Unconcern (1987) ” - filip_akerman
“ 01 The Intruder (2004)
02 Beau travail (1999)
03 Trouble Every Day (2001)
04 Friday Night (2002)
05 Les salauds (2013) ” - filip_akerman
Douglas Sirk
Film director Douglas Sirk, whose reputation blossomed in the generation after his 1959 retirement from Hollywood filmmaking, was born Hans Detlef Sierck on April 26, 1897, in Hamburg, Germany, to a journalist. Both of his parents were Danish, and the future director would make movies in German, Danish and English...
“ 01 A Simple Case (1933)
02 Mother (1926)
03 The End of St Petersburg (1927)
04 Storm Over Asia (1928) ” - filip_akerman
“ 01 By Night with Torch and Spear (1942)
02 Rose Hobart (1936)
03 Fable for Fountains (1957) ” - filip_akerman
Arnold Fanck
Arnold Fanck was born March 6, 1889, in Frankenthal, Germany. A trained geologist, he began making documentary and action films after the end of World War I, and his love of geology inspired him to shoot his films in remote mountain locations. These pictures became immensely popular with the German audiences and led to what is known as the "mountain films"...
“ 01 Das Wolkenphänomen von Maloja (1924)
02 The White Hell of Piz Palu (1929)
03 In Kampf mit dem Berge (1921) ” - filip_akerman
Jean-Pierre Melville
Writer, Le Samouraï
The name "Melville" is not immediately associated with film. It conjures up images of white whales and crackbrained captains, of naysaying notaries and soup-spilling sailors. It is the countersign to a realm of men and their deeds, both heroic and villainous. It is the American novel, with its Ishmaels and its Claggarts a challenge to the European canon...
Fritz Lang
Director, M
Fritz Lang was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1890. His father managed a construction company. His mother, Pauline Schlesinger, was Jewish but converted to Catholicism when Lang was ten. After high school, he enrolled briefly at the Technische Hochschule Wien and then started to train as a painter. From 1910 to 1914...
“ 01 Metropolis (1927)
02 Dr. Mabuse - The Gambler (1922)
03 The Testament of Dr Mabuse (1933)
04 Woman in the Moon (1929)
05 You Only Live Once (1939) ” - filip_akerman
“ 01 Sátántangó (1995)
02 Damnation (1988)
03 The Turin Horse (2011)
04 Werckmeister Harmonies (2000)
05 The Man From London (2007) ” - filip_akerman
“ 01 Platform (2000)
02 Still Life (2006)
03 Pickpocket (1997)
04 Unknown Pleasures (2002)
05 The World (2004) ” - filip_akerman
Martin Arnold
Born 1959 in Vienna. Studied Psychology and History of Art at Vienna University. Free-lance film maker since 1987. Founding member of Sixpack Film. Organisor of several avant-garde film festivals in Vienna. Presentation of a selection of Austrian avant-garde films at American cinematheques in 1990. Since 1993 teaching at various American Universities (Milwaukee, San Francisco, ...)
Dziga Vertov
Born in Bialystok, Poland, studied music and enrolled in St. Petersburg Neurological Institute in 1916. Worked on first Soviet newsreel, Kinonedelia (1918-1919), then on subsequent newsreel series (inc. Kinopravda, 1922-1925).
“ 01 Man with Movie Camera (1929)
02 Entuziasm (1931)
03 The Eleventh Year (1928) ” - filip_akerman
Jacques Tourneur
Director, Out of the Past
Born in Paris in 1904, Tourneur went to Hollywood with his father, director Maurice Tourneur around 1913. He started out as a script clerk and editor for his father, then graduated to such jobs as directing shorts (often with the pseudonym Jack Turner), both in France and America. He was hired to run the second unit for David O. Selznick's A Tale of Two Cities...
“ 01 Berlin Horse (1970)
02 Threshold (1972)
03 After Lumiere - L'Arroseur Arrosé (1974)
04 Whitchurch Down (Duration) (1972) ” - filip_akerman
Abel Gance
Writer, Napoleon
Born an illegitimate son of a wealthy physician, Abel Flamant, and a working class mother, Francoise Perethon. He was raised by his mother and her boyfriend, who later became her husband, Adolphe Gance. Pressured by his parents, he began his working career as a lawyer's clerk in hopes of achieving a prosperous career in law...
“ 01 Bleak Moments (1971)
02 Naked (1993)
03 Nuts in May (1976)
04 Career Girls (1997)
05 Grown-ups (1980) ” - filip_akerman
Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Director, Pandora's Box
Georg Wilhelm Pabst is considered by many to be the greatest director of German cinema, in his era. He was especially appreciated by actors and actresses for the humane way in which he treated them. This was in contrast to some of his contemporaries, such as Arnold Fanck, who have been characterized as martinets.
“ 01 Diary of a Lost Girl (1929)
02 The Threepenny Opera (1931)
03 Kameradschaft (1931)
04 Pandora's Box (1929) ” - filip_akerman
Jim Jarmusch
Moved to New York City at the age of seventeen from Akron, Ohio. Graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in English, class of '75. Without any prior film experience, he was accepted into the Tisch School of the Arts, New York.
“ 01 Dead Man (1995)
02 Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
03 Permanent Vacation (1980)
04 The Limits of Control (2009)
05 Down By Law (1986) ” - filip_akerman
“ 01 Lived Once a Song-Thrust (1972)
02 Pastoral (1975)
03 Aprili (1961)
04 Tudzhi (1964) ” - filip_akerman
Buster Keaton
Joseph Frank Keaton was born on October 4, 1895 in Piqua, Kansas, to Joe Keaton and Myra Keaton. Joe and Myra were Vaudevillian comedians with a popular, ever-changing variety act, giving Keaton an eclectic and interesting upbringing. In the earliest days on stage, they traveled with a medicine show that included family friend...
Raoul Ruiz
Chilean director Raúl, or Raoul, Ruiz (1941-2011) was one of the most exciting and innovative filmmakers to emerge from 1960s World Cinema, providing more intellectual fun and artistic experimentation, shot for shot, than any filmmaker since Jean-Luc Godard. A guerrilla who uncompromisingly assaulted the preconceptions of film art...
Edward Yang
Writer, Yi Yi
Born on November 6, 1947 in Shanghai, China, Edward Yang has become one of the most talented international filmmakers of his generation. Along with Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Tsai Ming-Liang, Yang ranks among the leading artists of the Taiwanese New Wave, and one of the world's most brilliant auteurs. Growing up in Taipei...
“ 01 Yi yi
02 The Terroriser
03 Taipei Story ” - filip_akerman
Bing Wang
Director, San zimei
“ "West of the Tracks". ” - filip_akerman
Nicholas Ray
Nicholas Ray was born Raymond Nicholas Kienzle, Jr. in 1911, in small-town Galesville, Wisconsin, to Lena (Toppen) and Raymond Joseph Kienzle, a contractor and builder. He was of German and Norwegian descent. Ray's early experience with film came with some radio broadcasting in high school. He left the University of Chicago after a year...
Jacques Tati
The comic genius Jacques Tati was born Taticheff, descended from a noble Russian family. His grandfather, Count Dimitri, had been a general in the Imperial Army and had served as military attaché to the Russian Embassy in Paris. His father, Emmanuel Taticheff, was a well-to-do picture framer who conducted his business in the fashionable Rue de Castellane and had taken a Dutch-Italian woman...
“ 01 Mon oncle
02 Playtime ” - filip_akerman
Jonas Mekas
Jonas Mekas, born December 24, 1922, Semeniskiai, Birzai, Lithuania, is a director, cinematographer, editor, writer, actor, poet, artist and publicist. More than 60 years of tireless work in film, arts and media has earned him the epithet "The Godfather of American Avant-Garde Cinema". In 1944 Jonas Mekas left Lithuania...
“ 01 Golden River (1965)
02 The Cloud-Capped Star (1960)
03 Reason, Debate and a Story (1974)
04 A River Called Titas (1973) ” - filip_akerman
Jerzy Skolimowski
Born in Lódz, Poland, in 1938. Director, playwright, scriptwriter, and actor. Graduated in ethnology, literature and history from Warsaw University in 1959. Graduated from Lódz Film Academy in directing in 1962. Feature debut: _Identification Marks - None_ (Rysopis, 1964, scr., dir, act.), awarded in Warsaw 1964 and Arnhem 1965...
Jacques Becker
Writer, Le Trou
His interest in films was stimulated by a meeting with King Vidor, who offered him employment in the US as actor and assistant director. However, he remained in France and became assistant to Jean Renoir, a friend of the family, during that director's peak period (1932-39). In 1934 he ventured briefly into independent production...
“ 01 Le trou (1960)
02 Touchez pas au Grisbi (1954)
03 Rue de l'Estrapade (1953)
04 Casque d'or (1952) ” - filip_akerman
Erich von Stroheim
Erich von Stroheim was born Erich Oswald Stroheim in 1885, in Vienna, Austria, to Johanna (Bondy), from Prague, and Benno Stroheim, a hatmaker from Gliwice, Poland. His family was Jewish. After spending some time working in his father's hat factory, he emigrated to America around 1909. Working in various jobs he arrived in Hollywood in 1914 and got work in D.W...
“ 01 Greed (1924)
02 The Merry Widow (1925)
03 Foolish Wives (1922)
04 The Weeding March (1928)
05 Queen Kelly (1929) ” - filip_akerman
Luis Buñuel
The father of cinematic Surrealism and one of the most original directors in the history of the film medium, Luis Buñuel was given a strict Jesuit education (which sowed the seeds of his obsession with both religion and subversive behavior), and subsequently moved to Madrid to study at the university there, where his close friends included Salvador Dalí and Federico García Lorca...
Andrzej Zulawski
Writer, Possession
Born in Lvov, Ukraine; then he moved with his father Miroslaw Zulawski to Czechoslovakia and later to Poland. In the late 1950s, he studied cinema in France. In the 1960s, he was an assistant of the famous Polish film director Andrzej Wajda. His feature debut The Third Part of the Night was an adaptation of his father's novel...
Hayao Miyazaki
Director, Spirited Away
Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's greatest animation directors. The entertaining plots, compelling characters, and breathtaking animation in his films have earned him international renown from critics as well as public recognition within Japan. The Walt Disney Company's commitment to introduce the films...
Ousmane Sembene
Director, Black Girl
The first film director from an African country to achieve international recognition, Ousmane Sembene remains the major figure in the rise of an independent post-colonial African cinema. Sembene's roots were not, as might be expected, in the educated élite. After working as a mechanic and bricklayer...
Sergei Parajanov
One of the 20th century's greatest masters of cinema, Sergei Parajanov in the 1960s made two masterpieces in a row: Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors and The Color of Pomegranates. Both established him as a phenomenon with no analogy in the art world. Parajanov was born on the January 9, 1924, in Tbilisi, Georgia, USSR, to an ethnic Armenian family...