directors you don't know, you rascal you

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“ Director of such naughtiness as "Big Zapper" and "The Second Best Secret Agent In the Whole Wide World", highly original films with much humor. Sadly misunderstood director that drifted away into soft porn films, probably because of sheer desperation. ” - karlericsson
Director, Missing
“ OK, not exactly forgotten but still not appreciated enough. Taught us the danger and pathology of normality in such films as "Betrayed", "The Music Box" and "Amen". Got more known for his lesser efforts such as "Z", which could just as well have been made by Pontecorvo, which, admittedly, is not exactly bad but by far not as good as the films mentioned above. ” - karlericsson
Michael Curtiz
Director, Casablanca
Michael Curtiz was a Hungarian-born (as Mihaly Kertesz) American director who turned out some of the best-regarded films ever to come out of Hollywood. He received his diploma from the School for Dramatic Arts in Hungary in 1906. He then went to live in Pécs, then Szeged. He began acting in and then directing films in his native Hungary in 1912...
“ Not exactly unknown, but still deserving of more praise than he ever got. Just look at his enormous output of great films (see his filmography). The film I like to mention here as a typical example of him being neglected is "Cabin In the Cotton", a film that isn't much longer than an hour and still manages to describe capitalism in a nutshell. Forget about the compromising end, it's what went before in the film that really counts. On top of that the film is touching and beautiful in parts. ” - karlericsson
Julien Duvivier
Director, Pépé le Moko
Revered by such legendary fellow directors as Ingmar Bergman and Jean Renoir, Julien Duvivier is one of the greatest figures in the history of French cinema and of world cinema in general. He is perhaps the most neglected of the "Big Five" of classic French cinema (the other four being Jean Renoir, Rene Clair...
“ What atmosphere and what depth does not lurk between the dialogues of this man's movies. Just take a scene in the comedy "Don Camillo Returns" with Fernandel, in which Don Camillo is in a boat, visiting a city that has been flooded. Suddenly it's all not a comedy anymore and the character Camillo not just a clown. ” - karlericsson
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on February 11, 1909, Joseph Leo Mankiewicz first worked for the movies as a translator of intertitles, employed by Paramount in Berlin, the UFA's American distributor at the time (1928). He became a dialoguist, then a screenwriter on numerous Paramount productions in Hollywood...
“ Made many intelligent films with intelligent dialogue, of which I want to mention one, especially. Actually, it's more like a monologue. Vincent Price talks to the populace in "Dragonwyck" - that's the way the rich look upon the poor. You better remember! ” - karlericsson
Sergio Leone
Sergio Leone was virtually born into the cinema - he was the son of Roberto Roberti (A.K.A. Vincenzo Leone), one of Italy's cinema pioneers, and actress Bice Valerian. Leone entered films in his late teens, working as an assistant director to both Italian directors and U.S. directors working in Italy (usually making Biblical and Roman epics...
“ Has still not got the reputation he deserves in America. For years dismissed as "spaghetti", his films are finally taken seriously.
Knew more about America, without even being able to speak english, than most Americans know.
When I see his movies and hear the beautiful music by Morricone, it's like coming home. ” - karlericsson
John Cromwell
Actor / director John Cromwell was born December 23, 1887, in Toledo, OH. He made his Broadway debut on October 14, 1912, in Marian De Forest's adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" at the Playhouse Theatre. The show was a hit, running for a total of 184 performances. Cromwell appeared in another 38 plays on Broadway between February 24...
“ "Abe Lincoln In Illinois", "The Enchanted Cottage" and many other films are from this man, whom we seldom hear about. "Abe Lincoln..." may not be entirely true but it is nevertheless enormously touching and "Enchanted..." is the only film about true love that I know of. ” - karlericsson
Gregory La Cava
Director, My Man Godfrey
A former cartoonist, Gregory La Cava entered films during WWI as an animator for Walter Lantz on such animated films as "The Katzenjammer Kids" series. Hired by the Hearst Corp. as the editor-in-chief for its International Comic Films division, La Cava switched to live-action films in the 1920s and began directing two-reel shorts...
“ Portraying the president that probably never was in "Gabriel Over the White House" or, if he was, was probably shot before he was.
He must have done more good movies, "My Man Godfrey" not necessarily being one of them, but he is so neglected that it is ridiculous. ” - karlericsson
Harold Ramis
Born on November 21, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, Harold Allen Ramis got his start in comedy as Playboy magazine's joke editor and reviewer. In 1969, he joined Chicago's Second City's Improvisational Theatre Troupe before moving to New York to help write and perform in "The National Lampoon Show" with other Second City graduates including John Belushi...
“ Made "Groundhog Days", which puts him amongst the stars on heaven forever. ” - karlericsson
Dalton Trumbo
Writer, Spartacus
Dalton Trumbo, the Oscar-winning screenwriter, arguably the most talented, most famous of the blacklisted film professionals known to history as the Hollywood 10, was born in Montrose, Colorado to Orus Trumbo and his wife, the former Maud Tillery. Dalton Trumbo was raised at 1124 Gunnison Ave. in Grand Junction...
“ Would not snitch and got punished for it. His "Johnny Got His Gun" puts him amongst the stars on heaven forever. ” - karlericsson
“ "Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000", is maybe his most famous film and an excellent examination of contemporary society in the early seventies. What's bad has become more bad since then and what's good seems less abundant than then. Let's hope I'm wrong.
Other films by this director are also revealing.
"Light Years Away" is a totally different film about the mysteries of life. This man was (is?) deep. ” - karlericsson
“ "The Lacemaker" but also other films like "The Invitation" prove the uniqueness of this director in showing how "ordinary" people are incapable of understanding the sufferings of the people that are so much better than themselves, the meek that unfortunately do not inherit the world. These are like canaries amongst sparrows and we now what happens to them in this abomination of a society. ” - karlericsson
Sidney Lumet
Director, 12 Angry Men
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...
“ Well, he is known but still often forgotten. Partly he is to blame himself, because he always understates himself. He seems to be able to make just about any film. A true artist. ” - karlericsson
Jules Dassin
Director, Rififi
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...
“ What a lovely man! Well, at least that is the impression that I get from interviews I've seen with him and, of course, from his films. Wonderfully tranquil humor. A wide variety of films, none bad but some considerably better than others, probably due to his generosity towards actors. ” - karlericsson
Peter Bogdanovich
After spending most of his teens studying acting with the legendary Stella Adler, and working as an actor in live TV and various theaters around the country, including the New York and the American Shakespeare Festivals, Peter Bogdanovich at age 20 began directing plays Off-Broadway and in N.Y. summer theater...
“ "The Last Picture Show", "Paper Moon" and...what happened?
Somewhat of a mystery. ” - karlericsson
“ Actually, just one really great film "The Last Valley" - but what a film! ” - karlericsson
Volker Schlöndorff
Director, The Tin Drum
Has studied economy and political sciences as well as at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographique (IDHEC) in Paris, France. Worked as an assistant director with Louis Malle, Jean-Pierre Melville and Alain Resnais. Founded his own production company Bioskop Film together with Reinhard Hauff and Eberhard Junkersdorf in 1973...
“ "The Legend of Rita" - that film alone puts him on this list. But he has done others as well and he is really not artsy-fartsy. Worth checking out, for sure. ” - karlericsson
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...
“ Did he ever do a bad film? I don't think so but just like Kubrick he didn't do so many. Still, often strangely forgotten. ” - karlericsson
Jean-Pierre Dardenne
After studying drama in the arts institute, Jean Pierre Dardenne and his brother Luc made some videos about the rough life in blue-collar small towns in the Wallonie. After their meeting with filmmaker Armad Gatti and cinematographer Ned Burgess, they decided to enter in the movie business. In 1978 they shot their first documentary...
“ And Luc Dardenne. Two brothers who do films in their own special way. Their films hit you through "the (back) kitchen door" so to speak. Gradually you understand what you are witnessing and the magnitude of the injustice and intimidation of the characters in the film gets you in the belly, where a fire starts. ” - karlericsson
Emeric Pressburger
Educated at the Universities of Prague and Stuttgart, Emeric Pressburger worked as a journalist in Hungary and Germany and an author and scriptwriter in Berlin and Paris. He was a Hungarian Jew, chased around Europe (he worked on films for UFA in Berlin and Paris) before World War II, finally finding sanctuary in London--but as a scriptwriter who didn't speak English...
“ And Michael Powell. Those two are definitely not forgotten but when the average slob makes a list like this - where are they then?
So, shame on you, you rascal you! ” - karlericsson
“ "Four Friends", "Little Big Man", "The Chase", "The Miracle Worker", "The Left-handed Gun" and some crowd-pleases like "Bonnie and Clyde". Must we forget him just because he did "Penn and Teller Get Killed"? ” - karlericsson
Alan Arkin
Actor, Argo
Alan Arkin is an Academy Award-winning American actor who is also an acclaimed director, producer, author, singer and composer. He was born Alan Wolf Arkin on March 26, 1934, in Brooklyn, New York. His family were Jewish immigrants from Russia and Germany. In 1946 the Arkins moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles...
“ Did "Little Murders". ” - karlericsson
Alexander Mackendrick
One of the most distinguished (if frequently overlooked) directors ever to emerge from the British film industry, Alexander Mackendrick, was in fact born in the US (to Scottish parents), but grew up in his native Scotland, where he studied at the Glasgow School of Art. He started out as a commercial illustrator...
“ Director of "The Man In the White Suit". Yes, indeed. Need not be ashamed of "Whiskey Galore", "Ladykillers" and "Sweet Smell of Success" either but did that extraordinary film about our society "The Man In....". Bravo! ” - karlericsson
Tex Avery
Tex Avery was a descendant of Judge Roy Bean and Daniel Boone, but all his grandma ever told him about it was "Don't ever mention you are kin to Roy Bean. He's a no good skunk!!" After graduating from North Dallas High School in 1927, Avery moved to Southern California in 1929 and got a job in the harbor...
“ The King of Comedy, indeed. Those animated shorts of his prove this man's outstanding genius. If there is anyone who deserves to stand on top of any list about movies, then it is this man. And you have hardly heard of him, have you, you rascal you? ” - karlericsson
Lana Wachowski
Writer, The Matrix
Lana Wachowski and her sister Lilly Wachowski, (also known as 'The Wachowskis') are the duo behind ground-breaking movies such as The Matrix and Cloud Atlas. Born to mother Lynne, a nurse, and father Ron, a businessman of Polish descent, Wachowski grew up in Chicago and formed a tight creative relationship with her sister Lilly...
“ And Andy W.. "The Matrix" and screenplay for "V For Vendetta" - need I say more? ” - karlericsson
“ OK, artsy-fartsy at times but then there is this remarkable film "Mon Oncle D'Amerique" and everything takes on meaning and we marvel upon the profundity of it all. ” - karlericsson
“ The Speech of Sherlock Holmes directed to these three scoundrels of government in the film "Murder by Decree" is a life-changer with almost the impact of "The Bicycle Thief". Vittorio de Sica is not on this list, because he is simply to well-known.
Bob Clark has his own style - worth checking out. ” - karlericsson
Charles Laughton
Actor, Spartacus
Charles Laughton was born in Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England, to Eliza (Conlon) and Robert Laughton, hotel keepers of Irish and English descent. He was educated at Stonyhurst, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (received gold medal). His first appearance on stage was in 1926. Laughton formed own film company...
“ "Night of the Hunter" - his only film but, then again, what a film! ” - karlericsson
Cornel Wilde
Dashing actor Cornel Wilde was born Kornel Lajos Weisz on October 13, 1912, in Prievidza, Hungary (now part of Slovakia), to a Jewish family. In 1920, he immigrated to New York City with his parents, Rayna (Vid) and Vojtech Béla Weisz, and elder sister, Edith. His family Americanized their names and Kornel took the name Cornelius Louis Wilde...
“ "The Naked Prey" surprised everyone when it came and is still surprising today. A unique director. ” - karlericsson
Ken Loach
Unlike virtually all his contemporaries, Ken Loach has never succumbed to the siren call of Hollywood, and it's virtually impossible to imagine his particular brand of British socialist realism translating well to that context. After studying law at St. Peter's College, Oxford, he branched out into the theater...
“ The Working Class Hero of commercial film. With few exception, all his films are important and has something to tell about this abomination of a society and its power. Courageous. ” - karlericsson
Michael Winner
Director, Death Wish
Winner was an only child, born in Hampstead, London, England, to Helen (née Zlota) and George Joseph Winner (1910-1975), a company director. His family was Jewish; his mother was Polish and his father of Russian extraction. Following his father's death, Winner's mother gambled recklessly and sold art and furniture worth around £10m at the time...
“ Got all the films I could lay my hand on from this director. Again, we have to do with a director who is most naughty in the eyes of power.
In the times when he was most active, the seventies, one could say that a kind of phony liberalism was dominating the film scene. Michael Winner was naughty and therefore a reactionary in those times.
Today, I would most certainly not like if he did the same films, because today, everybody is singing that same fascist song.
A Michael Winner of today would have to be a Stalinist or something, in a way despicable but nevertheless entertaining in the vein of "No matter what they ever say - I'm against it"! ” - karlericsson
Roy Ward Baker
Roy Ward Baker's first job in films was as a teaboy at the Gainsborough Studios in London, England, but within three years he was working as an assistant director. During World War II, he worked in the Army Kinematograph Unit under Eric Ambler, a writer and film producer, who, after the war, gave Baker his first opportunity to direct a film...
“ "A Night to Remember", "Quatermass and the Pit" and probably one or two I have never seen. Often neglected. ” - karlericsson
Carol Reed
Director, The Third Man
Carol Reed was the second son of stage actor, dramatics teacher and impresario founder of the Royal School of Dramatic Arts Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree. Reed was one of Tree's six illegitimate children with Beatrice Mae Pinney, who Tree established in a second household apart from his married life. There were no social scars here; Reed grew up in a well-mannered...
“ "The Third Man", "Odd Man Out", "Outcast of the Island", "Our Man In Havanna", "The Man Between" and "The Fallen Idol" are all top films. "Young Mr. Pit" I have not seen. Probably good like most of this director's, who's not appreciated enough. ” - karlericsson
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...
“ "The Passion of Joan of Arc", "Ordet", "The Day of Wrath", "Vampyr" and more from that groundbreaking director, not forgotten but hardly remembered enough, you rascal, you. ” - karlericsson
“ "The Crowd", "Our Daily Bread", "Street Scene", "Stella Dallas", "The Citadel" and "Hallelujah". Unfortunately also "The Fountainhead" (how could you, King?). ” - karlericsson
William A. Wellman
Director, A Star Is Born
William Wellman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter-director of the original A Star Is Born, was called "Wild Bill" during his World War I service as an aviator, a nickname that persisted in Hollywood due to his larger-than-life personality and lifestyle. A leap-year baby born in 1896 on the 29th of February in Brookline...
“ "Wild Boys of the Road", "The Ox-Bow Incident", "The Public Enemy", "Magic Town", "Yellow Sky" and a bunch of John Wayne-movies that don't fit in. ” - karlericsson
Wim Wenders
Wim Wenders is an Oscar-nominated German filmmaker who was born Ernst Wilhelm Wenders on August 14, 1945 in Düsseldorf, which then was located in the British Occupation Zone of what became the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany, known colloquially as West Germany until reunification)...
“ "Paris, Texas", "The American Friend", "Kings of the Road" and "Wings of Desire". Original fimmaker ” - karlericsson
John Boorman
Producer, Excalibur
John Boorman attended Catholic school (Salesian Order) although his family was not, in fact, Roman Catholic. His first job was for a dry-cleaner. Later, he worked as a critic for a women's journal and for a radio station until he entered the television business, working for the BBC in Bristol. There...
“ "Hell In the Pacific", "Zardoz", "Point Blanc ", "Deliverance" and "Excalibur" - that's enough, isn't it you rascall, you ? ” - karlericsson
“ "Photographing Fairies", "Close Your Eyes" and "The River King". Sometimes, so it seems, there comes around a highly inventive filmmaker with a real feel for the mystic, creating a fascinating world in which you like to take part. Not a blabbermouth like Tolkien or Rawlings - no the real thing as far as our hidden worlds go. Keep going Nick, even though they don't understand you, them rascal, them. ” - karlericsson
“ The filmmaker of documentaries, that you like to avoid, you rascal, you. ” - karlericsson
Franklin J. Schaffner
Franklin J. Schaffner was one of the most innovative creative minds in the early days of American network television, utilizing a moving camera in the days when most television directors kept the camera static. His eye for visuals was developed in the dozens of live television programs he directed on prestigious shows such as Studio One in Hollywood and Playhouse 90...
“ "Planet of the Apes", "Papillon" and that fairy-tale "Patton". Still, deserves more attention in film-history than he usually gets. There's something about his use of film-score that is fascinating, if nothing else. ” - karlericsson
Emile de Antonio
The son of a wealthy physician, Emile de Antonio grew up in the tough coal-mining town of Scranton, Pennsylvania, and it made a deep impression on him. His sympathies were always with working-class people (although he was a Harvard graduate, he was at times a dock worker, a peddler, the captain of a river barge and a broker in war-surplus equipment)...
“ Did 10 documentaries, all in all, but I guess there isn't one of them you like to remember, you rascal, you. ” - karlericsson
“ "Fletch Lives" but unfortunately so doesn't Michael Ritchie anymore. And I really enjoyed "Prime Cut" and a bunch of other movies as well. ” - karlericsson
Milos Forman
Milos Forman was born Jan Tomas Forman in Caslav, Czechoslovakia, to Anna (Svabova), who ran a summer hotel, and Rudolf Forman, a professor. During World War II, his parents were taken away by the Nazis, after being accused of participating in the underground resistance. His father died in Buchenwald and his mother died in Auschwitz...
“ Yes, he did that intensely alive "One Flew Over the Cucko's Nest", where you still get the illusion that you don't know what's coming although you've seen the movie a dozen times. ” - karlericsson
Alejandro Amenábar
Writer, The Others
Is the son of a Spanish mother and a Chilean father. His family moved back to Spain when he was 1 year old, and he grew up and studied in Madrid. He wrote, produced and directed his first short film La cabeza at the age of 19, and he was 23 when he directed his feature debut Thesis. His film Open Your Eyes was a huge success in Spain and was distributed worldwide...
“ "Tesis", "Open Your Eyes" and "The Others" and then where did you disappear Alejandro? Too much success? Hope to see you again but no more "Sea Inside" you rascal, you. ” - karlericsson
Hayao Miyazaki
Director, Spirited Away
Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist. Through a career that has spanned five decades, Miyazaki has attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and as a maker of anime feature films and, along with Isao Takahata, co-founded Studio Ghibli...
“ I guess it was his impossible name that got you "Spirited Away" and forget him in your lists, you rascal, you? ” - karlericsson
Richard Brooks
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...
“ Blackboard Jungle, Elmer Gantry, The Professionals, In Cold Blood, Bite the Bullet, Wrong Is Right - still often forgotten. ” - karlericsson
Raoul Walsh
Director, White Heat
Raoul Walsh's 52-year directorial career made him a Hollywood legend. Walsh was also an actor: He appeared in the first version of W. Somerset Maugham's "Rain" renamed Sadie Thompson opposite Gloria Swanson in the title role. He would have played the Cisco Kid in his own film In Old Arizona if an errant jackrabbit hadn't cost him his right eye by leaping through the windshield of his automobile...
“ They Drive by Night, The Roaring Twenties, High Sierra, Pursued, Colorado Territory, White Heat, Distant Drums and many others not quite as good but still not remembered enough. ” - karlericsson
Brian De Palma
Director, Scarface
Brian De Palma is the son of a surgeon. He studied physics but at the same time felt his dedication for the movies and made some short films. After seven independent productions he had his first success with Sisters and his voyeuristic style. Restlessly he worked on big projects with the script writers Paul Schrader...
“ Often forgotten in lists. Because of his similarity to Hitchcock (who is not in this list, since appreciated enough)? Well, I've got news for you - this man stands his own ground, you rascal, you. ” - karlericsson
Frank Darabont
Three-time Oscar nominee Frank Darabont was born in a refugee camp in 1959 in Montbeliard, France, the son of Hungarian parents who had fled Budapest during the failed 1956 Hungarian revolution. Brought to America as an infant, he settled with his family in Los Angeles and attended Hollywood High School...
“ Four pretty strong films in a row - let's keep an eye on this one. ” - karlericsson
Antoine Fuqua
Director, Training Day
Antoine Fuqua is an American film director and film producer. His first feature film was the action film The Replacement Killers, starring Chow Yun Fat. He then directed the crime thriller Training Day, for which star Denzel Washington won an Oscar, the action war drama Tears of the Sun, the Arthurian legend film King Arthur...
“ Training Day and Shooter - let's keep an eye on this one too. ” - karlericsson
Todd Solondz
Director, Happiness
Todd Solondz was born in Newark, New Jersey. One of his earliest jobs in the film industry was when, as a young man, he worked as a messenger for the Writers' Guild of America. During this time, he wrote several screenplays. Solondz's first color film with sync sound was the short "Schatt's Last Shot" (1985)...
“ Welcome to the Dollhouse, Happiness and Telling Stories and my eyes were wide open. Then came Palindromes with its ambiguity about pedophiles and one of my eyes firmly closed. Let not that other eye close as well, Todd. ” - karlericsson
Anatole Litvak
Director, The Snake Pit
The distinguished film director Anatole Litvak was born in the Ukrainian city of Kiev, the son of Jewish parents. His very first job was as a stage hand. In 1915, he became an actor, performing at a little-known experimental theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. As a teenager, he witnessed the 1917 Russian Revolution and the consequent nationalization of all theaters and drama schools...
“ Act of Love and so many other deeply touching films and still he is often forgotten you rascal, you. ” - karlericsson
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...
“ Is gradually coming back to public memory, maybe in spite of you, you rascal, you.
Just discovered "Stars In My Crown" and can now ad social awareness to all other awareness he proves in his mystic films. ” - karlericsson
Michael Cimino
Michael Cimino studied architecture and dramatic arts; later he filmed advertisements and documentaries and also wrote scripts until the actor, producer and director Clint Eastwood gave him the opportunity to direct the thriller Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. But his biggest success was The Deer Hunter which won the Oscar for best film...
“ Only 7 films but none of them bad and the last one "Sunchaser" really good. Will always be remembered by all non-rascals. ” - karlericsson
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...
“ Well, not forgotten but is he really remembered enough? ” - karlericsson
John Carpenter
Writer, Halloween
John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father, a professor, was head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky University and then USC film school in Los Angeles...
“ Should he really be on this list? Well, not for Halloween, but then there is that movie "They Live" and although it is remembered by some it is definitely not remembered enough. Even the director seems to have forgot it - maybe out of protection? ” - karlericsson
Anthony Mann
Director, El Cid
“ Director of "The Tin Star" and so many other great films and still seldom included in lists. ” - karlericsson
Robert Enrico
Director, The Old Gun
Robert Enrico studied in Toulon and then in Paris where he graduated from Lycée Voltaire. He later enrolled in the famous film school IDHEC where he specialized in editing and directing. Until 1956 he was an active member of the Sorbonne's mediaeval group "Les Théophiliens". From 1956 to 1959 he did his military service within the Service Cinématographique des Armées...
“ An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge. That short film, although it owed much to Ambroise Bierce (the author of the story), was still so wonderfully shot, that its director deserves to be on this list. But there are other films - check them out. ” - karlericsson
Barry Levinson
Producer, Sleepers
Barry Levinson was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Violet (Krichinsky) and Irvin Levinson, who worked in furniture and appliance. He is of Russian Jewish descent. Levinson graduated from high school in 1960, attended college at American University in Washington, DC. He did well, but decided he wanted to go to Los Angeles...
“ Wag the Dog. That's enough, but there is also Diner. ” - karlericsson
“ A Midnight Clear, Mother Night and, especially, Waking the Dead - just a coincidence? I don't think so and that's why he is on this list. ” - karlericsson
“ "Surprise me", some old rascal said referring to good movies. Well, this guy and his partner have surely done that. Good films from clay figures - who could have expected that? OK, they are not forgotten, except on lists. ” - karlericsson
Byron Haskin
After graduation from the University of California at Berkeley, Byron Haskin worked for a time as a newspaper cartoonist. He began his career in the film industry, in 1920, as a commercial-industrial movie photographer, and then as a cameraman for Pathe and International Newsreel. Later he became an assistant director at Selznick Productions...
“ Together with his producer/director George Pal, he did many remarkable sci-fi films, such as "War of the Worlds". ” - karlericsson
George Pal
George Pal was born on February 1, 1908, in Cegled, Austria-Hungary. Later, when he was still a child, his stage-entertainer parents divorced, and he was raised by his grandparents. In 1928, Pal graduated from the Budapest Academy of Arts with a degree in Architecture and highly developed drawing skills...
“ Did "The Time Machine" all on his own - well, sort of. ” - karlericsson
“ Did, after all, "Who'll Stop the Rain". Is therefore on this list. Has however done more worth watching. ” - karlericsson
“ Did "Cutter's Way". Is therefore on this list. ” - karlericsson
“ So unique in many ways and almost totally without respect. Is therefore on this list. A fine example of standing up against intimidation. ” - karlericsson
“ Director of "Detour" and many other films. But Detour is enough for this list. ” - karlericsson
Joseph H. Lewis
Director, The Rifleman
The term "style over content" fits director Joseph H. Lewis like a glove. His ability to elevate basically mundane and mediocre low-budget material to sublime cinematic art has gained him a substantial cult following among movie buffs. The Bonnie & Clyde look-alike Deadly Is the Female, shot in 30 days on a budget of $400,000...
“ "Gun Crazy" and "Terror in a Texas Town" are two good movies by this director but there are others that are hard to find, because of forgetfulness, no doubt. ” - karlericsson
“ Highly original swedish director - check him out. ” - karlericsson
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...
“ French director of such films as "Le Trou", "Ali Baba", "Casques D'or" and "Touchez pas au grisbi". Remember and check out. ” - karlericsson
Budd Boetticher
Brilliant, distinguished American director, particularly of Westerns, whose simple, bleak style disguises a complex artistic temperament. The son of a wealthy hardware retailer, Boetticher attended Culver Military Academy and Ohio State University, where he excelled in football and boxing. Following his schooling Boetticher...
“ So many good westerns - check them out! ” - karlericsson
“ Still not remembered enough. ” - karlericsson
Mihalis Kakogiannis
Director, Zorba the Greek
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.
“ Zorba, but also a bunch of other good films. ” - karlericsson
Michael Crichton
Michael Crichton was born in Chicago, Illinois, but grew up in Roslyn, New York. His father was a journalist and encouraged him to write and to type. Michael gave up studying English at Harvard University, having become disillusioned with the teaching standards--the final straw came when he submitted...
“ A writer but also a great director - check out! ” - karlericsson
Henri-Georges Clouzot
Writer, Diabolique
Beginning his film career as a screenwriter, Henri-Georges Clouzot switched over to directing and in 1943 had the distinction of having his film Le Corbeau banned by both the German forces occupying France and the Free French forces fighting them, but for different reasons. He shot to international fame with The Wages of Fear and consolidated that success with Diabolique...
“ Wages of Fear and Diabolique are just the most well-known but almost all of his films, which admittedly are not so many, are good. ” - karlericsson
David Cronenberg
Director, The Fly
David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of Blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. His father was a journalist, and his mother was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early age (he wrote and published eerie short stories, thus following his father's path) and for music (playing classical guitar until he was 12)...
“ Always interesting. Never dull. Too often forgotten. ” - karlericsson
Edward Dmytryk
Edward Dmytryk grew up in San Francisco, the son of Ukrainian immigrants. After his mother died when he was 6, his strict disciplinarian father beat the boy frequently, and the child began running away while in his early teens. Eventually, juvenile authorities allowed him to live alone at the age of 15 and helped him find part-time work as a film studio messenger...
“ So many good films by a director seldom mentioned, you rascal, you. ” - karlericsson
Gordon Douglas
Director, Them!
Starting out as a child actor, Gordon Douglas was eventually hired by Hal Roach as a gag writer. His first directorial assignments were for Roach's "Our Gang" series. Graduating to features, Douglas stayed with comedies, directing Oliver Hardy in Zenobia and both Hardy and Stan Laurel in Saps at Sea...
“ This director directed for 42 years, adding 97 titles to his name. Michael Curtiz directed 49 years with 173 titles to his name. Both of them stand out for having done many films of high quality.
I have begun buying films just because he has directed them and I can't remember being disappointed once. Not even Slaughter's Big Ripoff was totally without charm but I suggest you go for "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye", "Them", "The Detective", "Barquero" and "In Like Flint" first. ” - karlericsson
John Frankenheimer
Director, Ronin
Born in New York and raised in Queens, John Frankenheimer wanted to become a professional tennis player. He loved movies and his favorite actor was Robert Mitchum. He decided he wanted to be an actor but then he applied for and was accepted in the Motion Picture Squadron of the Air Force where he realized his natural talent to handle a camera...
“ Definitely not remembered enough. ” - karlericsson
Samuel Fuller
At age 17, Samuel Fuller was the youngest reporter ever to be in charge of the events section of the New York Journal. After having participated in the European battle theater in World War II, he directed some minor action productions for which he mostly wrote the scripts himself and which he also produced (e.g...
“ Well, he is cult, that's for sure. But why is he so seldom on lists? ” - karlericsson
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...
“ Before and besides Akira Kurosawa there were others.
This director made many beautiful films. ” - karlericsson
Sydney Pollack
Director, Tootsie
Sydney Pollack was an Academy Award-winning director, producer, actor, writer and public figure, who directed and produced over 40 films. Sydney Irwin Pollack was born July 1, 1934 in Lafayette, Indiana, USA, to Rebecca (Miller), a homemaker, and David Pollack, a professional boxer turned pharmacist...
“ He is there out in the open and still often strangely forgotten. ” - karlericsson
“ Cadaveri Eccellenti - when will it ever arrive on dvd?
Still, there is plenty to go around from this analytical director. ” - karlericsson
“ Persecuted and forgotten in fascist times. ” - karlericsson
“ We All Loved Each Other So Much
The Family
The Terrace
Passion Of Love
... to name a few. Check out! ” - karlericsson
Robert Siodmak
Director, The Killers
The director Robert Siodmak (which he insisted, be pronounced 'See-odd-mack') was a masterful film maker who successfully blended the techniques of German Expressionism with contemporary styles of American film, particularly film noir, in the process creating a handful of moody, sometimes chilling, and always memorable motion pictures...
“ Menschen am Sontag
Nachts wenn der Teufel kam
The Killers (även Don Siegel’s)
Spiral Staircase
Cry of the City
Dark Mirror
Kampf um Rom
Mein Schulfreund
Cobra Woman
Crimson Pirate
Criss-Cross name a few - the rest is maybe not yet released. ” - karlericsson
Bertrand Tavernier
Director, 'Round Midnight
Bertrand Tavernier was a law student that preferred write film criticisms. He also wrote a few books about American movies. Then his first film won a few awards in France and abroad and established his reputation.
“ Ca Commense Aujourd’hui
Clockmaker of St Paul
Coup de Torchon
La Mort en Direct (Death Watch)
Le Juge et le assassin name a few ” - karlericsson
Lars von Trier
Writer, Melancholia
Probably the most ambitious and visually distinctive filmmaker to emerge from Denmark since Carl Theodor Dreyer over 60 years earlier, Lars von Trier studied film at the Danish Film School and attracted international attention with his very first feature, The Element of Crime. A highly distinctive blend of film noir and German Expressionism with stylistic nods to Dreyer...
“ Forgotten on lists, otherwise maybe not. ” - karlericsson
Tom Tykwer
Composer, Cloud Atlas
Director, writer, producer and composer Tom Tykwer was born in 1965 in Wuppertal, Germany. He showed an interest in film-making from childhood, making super 8 films from the age of 11. Among his first jobs was working at a local art-house cinema. Tykwer eventually relocated to Berlin, first working as a film projectionist and then becoming head of programming at the Moviemento Theater...
“ Perfume
The Princess and the Warrior
The International
and, yeah, run lola - nah, I forget that one, I think. ” - karlericsson
Mario Van Peebles
Mario Van Peebles is a highly regarded director, actor, producer and writer. His directorial skills can be seen in the retelling of the epic mini-series "Roots" starring Forest Whitaker and Matthew Goode. Van Pebbles has directed award-winning shows such as the recent hit "Empire" and "The Last Ship,"...
“ Panther and Posse. ” - karlericsson
Fred Zinnemann
Director, High Noon
Initially grew up wanting to be a violinist, but while at the University of Vienna decided to study law. While doing so, he became increasingly interested in American film and decided that was what he wanted to do. He became involved in European filmaking for a short time before going to America to study film.
“ Is he really remembered enough? I'm not sure. ” - karlericsson
“ Battle For Haditha

Yes, we definitely need more of these films. ” - karlericsson
Philippe de Broca
Director, Le bossu
Philippe de Broca born in 1933 worked as an assistant for Claude Chabrol and Francois Truffaut ( "Les 400 coups" aka "The 400 blows" ). From 1960 to 2004 he directed over 30 full-length feature films, including the highly successful adventure movies such as "That Man from Rio" (L'Homme de Rio) in 1964 and "Le Magnifique" in 1973...
“ Le Magnifique
King of Hearts
L’Homme de Rio
Les Tribulations D’un Chinoise en Chine

I definitely think that those should not be forgotten. ” - karlericsson
Sidney Gilliat
Sidney Gilliat, the English director, screenwriter, and producer, was born on February 15, 1908 in Edgely, Cheshire, England. He began his screen-writing career in the silent movie era, writing inter-titles, going uncredited for his contributions to Honeymoon Abroad, Champagne, and Week-End Wives...
“ Green For Danger
Millions Like Us
Only Two Can Play

Those I could get hold on but I think there is more good stuff from this director out there. ” - karlericsson
“ Except for Chocolat, pretty good movies and amongst them "My Life As a Dog", maybe the best swedish movie made since Wild Strawberries. ” - karlericsson
Anders Thomas Jensen
Anders Thomas Jensen was born on 6th April 1972 in Frederiksværk on Sjælland in Denmark to Carl Benny Jensen and Kirsten Jensen (born Sørensen). He attended the high school in Frederiksværk from 1988 to 1991. In 1990 while still in high school, he wrote and directed 10 år på bagen - 3 år i skyggen (1990) (TV)...
“ There are other danes making movies besides Lars von Trier. ” - karlericsson
Takeshi Kitano
Takeshi Kitano originally studied to become an engineer, but was thrown out of school for rebellious behavior. He learned comedy, singing and dancing from famed comedian Senzaburô Fukami. Working as a lift boy on a nightclub with such features as comic sketches and striptease dancing, Kitano saw his chance when a comedian suddenly fell ill...
“ A crazy-looking japanese director, who is not so crazy as he looks. ” - karlericsson
“ Made some rather touching films - worth checking out. ” - karlericsson
Max Ophüls
Director Max Ophüls was born Max Oppenheimer in Saarbrücken, Germany. He began his career as a stage actor and director in the golden twenties. He worked in cities such as Stuttgart, Dortmund, Wuppertal, Vienna, Frankfurt, Breslau and Berlin. In 1929 his son Marcel Ophüls was born in Frankfurt, Germany...
“ Something tells me, that this director is also too often neglected. Something may not always be right. ” - karlericsson