Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England. He was the son of Emma Jane (Whelan; 1863 - 1942) and East End greengrocer William Hitchcock (1862 - 1914). His parents were both of half English and half Irish ancestry. He had two older siblings, William Hitchcock (born 1890) and Eileen Hitchcock (born 1892)...
“ Spellbound ('46), Notorious ('47) ” - angelikafauve
An eccentric rebel of epic proportions, this Hollywood titan reigned supreme as director, screenwriter and character actor in a career that endured over five decades. The ten-time Oscar-nominated legend was born John Marcellus Huston in Nevada, Missouri, on August 5, 1906. His ancestry included English...
“ Reflexions in a Golden eye - US, 1906-1987 (81) ” - angelikafauve
Richard Brooks was an Academy Award-winning film writer who also earned six Oscar nominations and achieved success as a film director and producer. He was born Ruben Sax on May 18, 1912, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants. He graduated from West Philadelphia HS...
“ The Last time i saw Paris, Cat on a hot tin roof (from T. Williams theatical play), both with Elizabeth Taylor - US, 1912-1992 (80) ” - angelikafauve
Oscar-winning director John Schlesinger, who was born in London, on February 16, 1926, was the eldest child in a solidly middle-class Jewish family. Berbard Schlesinger, his father, was a pediatrician, and his mother, Winifred, was a musician. He served in the Army in the Far East during World War II...
“ "Darling", A woman trapped between two men ('65) - US ” - angelikafauve
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...
“ "Ma Nuit chez Maud" - Conversations in Aesthetics and Literature, "Le Genou de Claire" - France, 1920-2010 (90) ” - angelikafauve
François began to assiduously go to the movies at 7. He was also a great reader but not a good pupil. He left school at 14 and started working. In 1947, aged 15, he founded a film club and met André Bazin
, a French critic, who becomes his protector. Bazin helped the delinquent Truffaut and also when he was put in jail because he deserted the army...
“ 400 Coups, Jules et Jim, la Sirene de Missisipi - la Femme d' a cote - France, 1932 - 1984 (52) ” - angelikafauve
Louis Malle, the descendant of a French nobleman who made a fortune in beet sugar during the Napoleonic Wars, created films that explored life and its meaning. Malle's family discouraged his early interest in film but, in 1950, allowed him to enter the Institute of Advanced Cinematographic Studies in Paris...
“ Viva Maria, Le feu follet ('65) - a condaminated man recalls his life in prison, Le Souffle au coeur - France, 1932 - 1995 (63) ” - angelikafauve
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...
“ Films: "Zabriski Point", "La Notte", "Blow up" - Italy ” - angelikafauve
The women who both attracted and frightened him and an Italy dominated in his youth by Mussolini and Pope Pius XII - inspired the dreams that Fellini started recording in notebooks in the 1960s. Life and dreams were raw material for his films. His native Rimini and characters like Saraghina (the devil herself said the priests who ran his school)...
“ La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2 (Memories and fantasies of a movie director) - Italy ” - angelikafauve
Dino Risi became a movie director by chance. In 1940 he met Alberto Lattuada
at a friend's boutique. Lattuada told him they needed an assistant director for the movie Piccolo mondo antico
. Risi accepted just for fun, not for work. Later, he became a psychiatrist and wrote some articles for a local newspaper in his spare time...
“ Il Sorpasso - A car accident gives end to a frivolous life - Italy ” - angelikafauve
“ Death in Venice: An elegy on life as goes fade till death, in Venice's dark laguna waters - Il Gattopardo ('63), The Innocent - Italy ” - angelikafauve
Elia Kazan was a Greek-American director, producer, writer and actor. Noted for drawing out the best dramatic performances from his actors, he directed 21 actors to Oscar nominations, resulting in nine wins. He directed a string of successful films, including A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), On the Waterfront (1954)...
“ America America, The Giant, Rebel without a Cause, Splendor in the Grass - US, Greece (Constantinople) 1909-2003 (94) ” - angelikafauve
Sidney Lumet was a master of cinema, best known for his technical knowledge and his skill at getting first-rate performances from his actors -- and for shooting most of his films in his beloved New York. He made over 40 movies, often complex and emotional, but seldom overly sentimental. Although his politics were somewhat left-leaning and he often treated socially relevant themes in his films...
“ Long day's journey into the night ('60), The Pawnbroker ('64), Sea gull, Serpico, Before Devil knows you'll die ('07) - US, 1924-2011 (87) ” - angelikafauve
Jules Dassin was an Academy Award-nominated director, screenwriter and actor best known for his films Rififi
, Never on Sunday
, and Topkapi
. He was born Julius Samuel Dassin on 18 December 1911, in Middletown, Connecticut, USA. He was one of eight children of Russian-Jewish immigrants...
“ Never on Sunday, Les Enfants du Piree, Top Kapi - US, 1911-2008 (97) ” - angelikafauve
“ Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, To Have or Have not - US ” - angelikafauve
Henry Hathaway, a son of a stage actress and manager, started his career as a child actor in westerns directed by Allan Dwan
. His movie career was interrupted by World War I. After his discharge, he briefly tried a career in finance but then returned to Hollywood to work as an assistant director under such directors as Frank Lloyd
“ "Circus World" ('64) ” - angelikafauve
Hungarian-born Karoly Vidor spent the First World War as a lieutenant in the Austro-Hungarian infantry. Following the armistice, he made his way to Berlin and worked for the German film company Ufa, as editor and assistant director. In 1924, he emigrated to the U.S. and, for several years, earned his living as a singer in Broadway choruses and (at one time) with a Wagnerian troupe...
“ Gilda - US ” - angelikafauve
“ Last Year at Marienbad, Hiroshima mon amour, Stavisky - France, 1922 (89) ” - angelikafauve
“ Jean la Florette, Manon des Sources: An Academic view and narration of rural life in South France - France ” - angelikafauve
“ Et Dieu crea la femme - France ” - angelikafauve
“ Histoire de Julien et Marie ” - angelikafauve
Vittorio De Sica
Vittorio De Sica
grew up in Naples, and started out as an office clerk in order to raise money to support his poor family. He was increasingly drawn towards acting, and made his screen debut while still in his teens, joining a stage company in 1923. By the late 1920s he was a successful matinee idol of the Italian theatre...
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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
“ Stromboli - Italy ” - angelikafauve
“ Soy Cuba ('64) - Georgia (Russia) ” - angelikafauve
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
“ Belle de Jour, Tristana, (with Catherine Deneuve), Viridiana - Spain, 1900-1983 (83) ” - angelikafauve
“ 1922, Little Aphrodites - Greece ” - angelikafauve
Sent to London to read for the Bar, Cacoyannis gravitated instead to the Old Vic stage school. He had a short stage career under the name "Michael Yannis" before deciding he wanted to direct films.
“ Stella: About a woman living and working in a cabaret in Pireus, Athens harbor, "Zorba the Greek" with A. Quinn (syrtaki dance spread upon world herafter) - Limassol, Cyprus, 1922 (89) ” - angelikafauve
Anthony Minghella was the son of immigrants from Italy, who own an ice-cream factory on the Isle of Wight, where Anthony was born on January 6, 1954. He and his two siblings, Edana Minghella
and Dominic Minghella
, grew up there, a popular British holiday spot. After graduating from the University of Hull...
“ "The Talented Mr Ripley", The "English Patient" - US, Italy (1954-2008, 54) ” - angelikafauve
Josef von Sternberg
Josef von Sternberg split his childhood between Vienna and New York City. His father, a former soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army, could not support his family in either city; Sternberg remembered him only as "an enormously strong man who often used his strength on me." Forced by poverty to drop out of high school...
Curtiz began acting in and then directing films in his native Hungary in 1912. After WWI, he continued his filmmaking career in Austria and Germany and into the early 1920s when he directed films in other countries in Europe. Moving to the US in 1926, he started making films in Hollywood for Warner Bros...
David Wark Griffith was born in rural Kentucky to Jacob "Roaring Jake" Griffith, a former Confederate Army colonel and Civil War hero. Young Griffith grew up with his father's romantic war stories and melodramatic nineteenth-century literature that were to eventually mold his black-and-white view of human existence and history...