Cool people - not so much film-related

by DrMulholland | created - 17 Jun 2011 | updated - 16 Aug 2011 | Public

I really value that IMDb includes people which aren't primarily associated with film - but whom are provided with a discussion board.

1. László Moholy-Nagy

Director | Architekturkongress

Shortly after he left the military in 1918 he decided to become an artist and he adopted the surname Moholy-Nagy. He moved to Berlin in the spring of 1920, where he was actively involved in the art scene. Besides paintings, drawings, and sculptures, he also began to create photograms, photographic ...

3. Edgar Allan Poe

Writer | Eliza Graves

Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809, in Boston, Massachusetts. His father, named David Poe Jr., and his mother, named Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Poe, were touring actors. Both parents died in 1811, and Poe became an orphan before he was 3 years old. He was adopted by John Allan, a tobacco ...

4. Tristan Tzara

Director | Le coeur à barbe

Tristan Tzara was born on April 16, 1896 in Moinesti, Bacãu, Romania as Samuel Rosenstock. He was a director and producer, known for Le coeur à barbe (1930), Tristan Tzara (1949) and Les statues meurent aussi (1953). He was married to Greta Knutson. He died on December 25, 1963 in Paris, ...

5. André Breton

Writer | Fragmentos de um Filme-Esmola: A Sagrada Família

André Breton, one of the founders of Surrealism who studied to be a medical doctor and survived the First World War, became a writer and applied his knowledge of medicine and psychiatry to create innovative literature and art.

He was born on February 18, 1896, in Tichebray, Normandy, France. He was ...

6. Charles Baudelaire

Writer | Messengers

Charles Baudelaire was a 19th century French poet, translator, and literary/art critic. At his birth, Baudelaire's mother, Caroline Archimbaut-Dufays, was 28; his father Francois Baudelaire was 61. Charles' father instilled in him an appreciation for art, taking his young son to museums and ...

7. Federico García Lorca

Writer | Homenaje a Lorca

Federíco Garcia Lorca was born in the south of Spain (Andalusia) in 1898 and soon became the region's most famous artist. A poet, playwright, artist, musician and lecturer, he wrote groundbreaking plays such as 'Blood Wedding' and 'Yerma'. His support of the Spanish Republic in the 1930s led to his...

8. T.S. Eliot

Apocalypse Now

T.S. Eliot ranks with William Butler Yeats as the greatest English language poet of the 20th Century and was certainly the most influential. He was born Thomas Stearns Eliot into the bosom of a respectable middle class family on September 26, 1888 in St. Louis, Missouri. The family had roots in New...

9. Maurice Blanchot

Writer | Bir-Gün ve Dönüs

Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, vol. 138, pages 26-31. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.

11. August Strindberg

Writer | Synd

He started to study at the Uppsala University but dropped out to pursue an economically unstable career as a journalist. In 1872 he published the first of his many masterpieces, 'Mäster Olof'. In 1874 he got a position at the Royal Library in Stockholm, which enabled him to marry 'Siri von Essen'. ...

12. Béla Bartók

Soundtrack | The Shining

Born in Hungary in 1881, Bartok began his musical studies on the piano at age five. His mother was his first teacher; after his father died in 1888, the Bartok family moved to Nagyszolos, where Bela continued his piano studies and took up composition. At age eleven, he made his first public ...

13. Django Reinhardt

Soundtrack | The Matrix

Django Reinhardt was born on January 23, 1910 in Liberchies, Wallonia, Belgium as Jean Reinhardt. He was married to Sophie Ziegler. He died on May 16, 1953 in Fontainebleau, Seine-et-Marne, France.

14. Roland Barthes

Actor | Les soeurs Brontë

Roland Barthes was born on November 12, 1915 in Cherbourg, France. He was a writer, known for Les soeurs Brontë (1979), Mouvements du désir (1994) and Le sport et les hommes (1961). He died on March 25, 1980 in Paris, France.

15. Anton Chekhov

Writer | Kis Uykusu

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was born in 1860, the third of six children to a family of a grocer, in Taganrog, Russia, a southern seaport and resort on the Azov Sea. His father, a 3rd-rank Member of the Merchant's Guild, was a religious fanatic and a tyrant who used his children as slaves. Young Chekhov...

16. Fyodor Dostoevsky

Writer | The Double

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky was born on November 11, 1821, in Moscow, Russia. He was the second of seven children of Mikhail Andreevich and Maria Dostoevsky. His father, a doctor, was a member of the Russian nobility, owned serfs and had a considerable estate near Moscow where he lived with his ...

17. George Orwell

Writer | Nineteen Eighty-Four

Born the son of an Opium Agent in Bengal, Eric Blair was educated in England (Eton 1921). The joined the British Imperial Police in Burma, serving until 1927. He then travelled around England and Europe, doing various odd jobs to support his writing. By 1935 he had adopted the 'pen-name' of 'George...

18. Paul Klee

Art_department | Marsalis on Music

Paul Klee was born on December 18, 1879, in Munchenbuchsee, near Berne, Switzerland. His father, named Hans Klee, was a music teacher. Young Klee started lessons in music and art at the age of 7. He studied art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. There his teacher was Franz von Stuck, who also ...

19. Jorge Luis Borges

Writer | Invasión

Borges was born into an upper class family, and received his education in Buenos Aires, Cambridge, and Geneva. He began writing as a student, and when in 1918 he settled in Spain, it was as a member of an experimental literary group. He returned to Argentina in 1921, and had his first poems ...

20. Isidore Isou

Actor | Traité de bave et d'éternité

Isidore Isou was born on January 31, 1925 in Botosani, Romania. He was an actor, known for Venom and Eternity (1951), Hurlements en faveur de Sade (1952) and Disorder Is 20 Years Old (1967). He died on July 28, 2007 in Paris, France.

21. Dmitri Shostakovich

Soundtrack | Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Dmitri Shostakovich, one of Russian culture's most acclaimed intellectuals who was censored under the dictatorship of Joseph Stalin, was an internationally recognized composer whose music was in over 100 films.

He was born Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich on September 25, 1906, in St. Petersburg, ...

22. Carl Gustav Jung

Self | Approaches to the Psychology of Personality: Film No. 8 - Summary and Historical Development of Major Ideas

Carl Gustav Jung was born in Kessewil, Switzerland, on July 26, 1875. His father Paul was a rural preacher, and began to teach his son Latin when Carl was six years old, stoking his interest in language and literature (Jung was later able to read most European languages and several ancient ones, ...