My Favourite Film-makers (in alphabetical order)

Log in to copy items to your own lists.
Woody Allen
Writer, Annie Hall
Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...
“ Top three films:
> Love and Death (1975)
> Manhattan (1979)
> Sleeper (1973) ” - SteveWev
Pedro Almodóvar
The most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel was born in a small town (Calzada de Calatrava) in the impoverished Spanish region of La Mancha. He arrived in Madrid in 1968, and survived by selling used items in the flea-market called El Rastro. Almodóvar couldn't study filmmaking because he didn't have the money to afford it...
“ Top three films:
> The Skin I Live In (2011)
> All About My Mother (1999)
> Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1989) ” - SteveWev
Paul Thomas Anderson
Anderson was born in 1970. He was one of the first of the "video store" generation of film-makers. His father was the first man on his block to own a V.C.R., and from a very early age Anderson had an infinite number of titles available to him. While film-makers like Spielberg cut their teeth making 8 mm films, Anderson cut his teeth shooting films on video and editing them from V.C.R. to V.C.R...
“ Top three films:
> Magnolia (1999)
> There Will Be Blood (2007)
> Punch Drunk Love (2002) ” - SteveWev
Wes Anderson
Wesley Wales Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. His mother, Texas Ann (Burroughs), is an archaeologist turned real estate agent, and his father, Melver Leonard Anderson, worked in advertising and PR. He has two brothers, Eric and Mel. Anderson's parents divorced when he was a young child, an event that he described as the most crucial event of his brothers and his growing up...
“ Top three films:
> Rushmore (1998)
> The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
> The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004) ” - SteveWev
Darren Aronofsky
Darren Aronofsky was born February 12, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up, Darren was always artistic: he loved classic movies and, as a teenager, he even spent time doing graffiti art. After high school, Darren went to Harvard University to study film (both live-action and animation). He won several film awards after completing his senior thesis film...
“ Top three films:
> The Black Swan (2010)
> Pi (1998)
> Requiem For a Dream (2000) ” - SteveWev
Hal Ashby
Director, Being There
Hal Ashby was born the fourth and youngest child in a Mormon household in Ogden, Utah, on September 2, 1929. His father was a dairy farmer. After a rough childhood that included the divorce of his parents, his father's suicide, his dropping out of high school, getting married and divorced all before he was 19...
“ Top three films:
> Harold & Maude (1971)
> Being There (1979)
> The Last Detail (1973) ” - SteveWev
Ingmar Bergman
Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born July fourteenth, 1918, the son of a priest. The film and T.V. series, The Best Intentions is biographical and shows the early marriage of his parents. The film 'Söndagsbarn' depicts a bicycle journey with his father. In the miniseries Private Confessions is the trilogy closed. Here...
“ Top three films:
> Persona (1966)
> The Seventh Seal (1957)
> Fanny & Alexander (1982) ” - SteveWev
Luc Besson
Luc Besson spent the first years of his life following his parents, scuba diving instructors, around the world. His early life was entirely aquatic. He already showed amazing creativity as a youth, writing early drafts of The Big Blue and The Fifth Element, as an adolescent bored in school. He...
“ Top three films:
> Nikita (1991)
> Leon (1994)
> The Fifth Element (1998) ” - SteveWev
Kathryn Bigelow
Director, The Hurt Locker
A very talented painter, Kathryn spent two years at the San Francisco Art Institute. At 20, she won a scholarship to the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program. She was given a studio in a former Offtrack Betting building, literally in an old bank vault, where she made art and waited to be critiqued by people like Richard Serra...
“ Top three films:
> Near Dark (1987)
> The Hurt Locker (2009)
> Point Break (1991) ” - SteveWev
“ Top three films:
> The Iron Giant (1999)
> The Incredibles (2004)
> Ratatouille (2007) - with Jan Pinkava ” - SteveWev
“ Top three films:
> Trainspotting (1996)
> 127 Hours (2010)
> Shallow Grave (1994) ” - SteveWev
Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks was born Melvin Kaminsky on June 28, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. He served in WWII, and afterwards got a job playing the drums at nightclubs in the Catskills. Brooks eventually started a comedy act and also worked in radio and as Master Entertainer at Grossinger's Resort before going to television...
“ Top three films:
> Young Frankenstein (1974)
> The Producers (1969)
> Blazing Saddles (1974) ” - SteveWev
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...
“ Top three films:
> L'age D'or (1930)
> That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)
> The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) ” - SteveWev
Tim Burton
Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), who owned a cat-themed gift shop, and William Reed Burton, who worked for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies (he was especially fond of films with Vincent Price)...
“ Top three films:
> Ed Wood (1994)
> Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985)
> Batman (1989) ” - SteveWev
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...
“ Top three films:
> Escape From New York (1981)
> The Thing (1982)
> They Live (1988) ” - SteveWev
Charles Chaplin
Writer, Modern Times
Charlie Chaplin, considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular "Little Tramp" character; the man with the toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane, and a funny walk...
“ Top three films:
> Modern Times (1936)
> The Kid (1921)
> City Lights (1931) ” - SteveWev
“ Top three films:
> Dead of Night (1972)
> A Christmas Story (1983)
> Black Christmas (1974) ” - SteveWev
“ Top three films:
> Miller's Crossing (1990)
> Blood Simple (1984)
> The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) ” - SteveWev
Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola (née Pennino), had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated with a degree in drama from Hofstra University...
“ Top three films:
> The Conversation (1974)
> The Godfather Part II (1974)
> Rumble Fish (1983) ” - SteveWev
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)...
“ Top three films:
> Videodrome (1983)
> Shivers (1975)
> Crash (1996) ” - SteveWev
Alfonso Cuarón
Writer, Gravity
Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born on November 28th in Mexico City, Mexico. From an early age, he yearned to be either a film director or an astronaut. However, he did not want to enter the army, so he settled for directing. He didn't receive his first camera until his twelfth birthday, and then immediately started to film everything he saw...
“ Top three films:
> Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)
> Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
> Children of Men (2006) ” - SteveWev
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...
“ Top three films:
> The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
> Vampyr (1932)
> Day of Wrath (1943) ” - SteveWev
Clint Eastwood
Perhaps the icon of macho movie stars, and a living legend, Clint Eastwood has become a standard in international cinema. Born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the elder of two children in a middle-class family, Eastwood stayed in high school until the comparatively late age of nineteen and worked menial jobs over a period of several years before enrolling at Los Angeles City College...
“ Top three films:
> Unforgiven (1992)
> The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
> Gran Torino (2008) ” - SteveWev
Abel Ferrara
Director, Bad Lieutenant
Born in the Bronx, Ferrara started making amateur films on Super 8 in his teens before making his debut with violent exploitation films such as 'Driller Killer' and 'Ms.45'. Good reviews for the latter helped create his cult reputation, leading to larger budgets, studio funding and 'name' actors (Christopher Walken...
“ Top three films:
> Ms. 45 (1981)
> Bad Lieutenant (1992)
> Driller Killer (1979) ” - SteveWev
David Fincher
Director, Fight Club
David Fincher was born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, and was raised in Marin County, California. When he was 18 years old he went to work for John Korty at Korty Films in Mill Valley. He subsequently worked at ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) from 1981-1983. Fincher left ILM to direct TV commercials and music videos after signing with N...
“ Top three films:
> Se7en (1995)
> Fight Club (1999)
> The Social Network (2010) ” - SteveWev
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...
“ Top three films:
> Fireman's Ball (1968)
> One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
> Amadeus (1984) ” - SteveWev
Lucio Fulci
Lucio Fulci, born in Rome in 1927, remains as controversial in death as he was in life. A gifted craftsman with a sharp tongue and a wicked sense of dark humor, Fulci achieved some measure of notoriety for his gore epics of the late 1970s and early 1980s, but respect was long in coming. Abandoning his early career as a med student...
“ Top three films:
> Don't Torture a Duckling (1972)
> Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979)
> The Beyond (1981) ” - SteveWev
Samuel Fuller
Sam Fuller had six siblings: three brothers (Ving, Ray and Tom) and three sisters (Evelyn, Tina and Rose). His most famous sibling was his older brother, the nationally syndicated comic strip artist and cartoonist, Ving Fuller. In the 1920s Ving was a staff cartoonist at the New York Evening Graphic...
“ Top three films:
> Shock Corridor (1963)
> Pick Up at South Street (1953)
> The Big Red One (1980) ” - SteveWev
Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam was born in Minnesota near Medicine Lake. When he was 12 his family moved to Los Angeles where he became a fan of Mad magazine. In his early 20's he was often stopped by the police who often suspected him of being a drug addict and Gilliam had to explain that he worked in advertising....
“ Top three films:
> Brazil (1985)
> Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
> Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) - with Terry Jones ” - SteveWev
Howard Hawks
Director, The Big Sleep
What do the classic films Scarface, Twentieth Century, Bringing Up Baby, Only Angels Have Wings, His Girl Friday, Sergeant York, To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, Red River Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Rio Bravo have in common? Aside from their displays of great craftsmanship, the answer is director Howard Hawks...
“ Top three films:
> Bringing Up Baby (1938)
> Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
> Scarface (1934) ” - SteveWev
Todd Haynes
Director, I'm Not There.
Todd Haynes was always interested in art, and made amateur movies and painted while he was still a child. He attended Brown university and majored in art and semiotics. After he graduated he moved to New York City and made the controversial short film Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story. The movie uses dolls instead of actors to tell the the story of the late Karen Carpenter...
“ Top three films:
> Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1987)
> I'm Not There (2007)
> Far From Heaven (2002) ” - SteveWev
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.
“ Top three films:
> Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
> Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970)
> Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009) ” - SteveWev
Alfred Hitchcock
Director, Psycho
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)...
“ Top three films:
> North by Northwest (1959)
> Rear Window (1954)
> Vertigo (1958) ” - SteveWev
Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies, which he made with his friends...
“ Top three films:
> Braindead (1992)
> Meet the Feebles (1989)
> The Lord of the Rings (2001-3) ” - SteveWev
Chuck Jones
Animation Department, The Electric Company
Starting as a cel washer, Chuck Jones worked his way up to animator and then director at the animation division of Warner Bros. He is famous for creating such beloved cartoon characters as Wile E. Coyote, Henery Hawk, Pepé Le Pew, Marvin the Martian, Ralph Wolf, Road Runner, Sam Sheepdog, Sniffles, and many others...
“ Top three films:
> What's Opera Doc? (1957, Short film)
> Duck Amuck (1953, Short film)
> Duck Dodgers in the 24th 1/2 Century (1953, Short film) ” - SteveWev
Spike Jonze
Producer, Her
Spike Jonze made up one-third (along with Andy Jenkins and Mark Lewman) of the triumvirate of genius minds behind Dirt Magazine, the brother publication of the much lamented ground-breaking Sassy Magazine. These three uncommon characters were all editors for Grand Royal Magazine as well, under...
“ Top three films:
> Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
> Adaptation (2002)
> Being John Malkovich (1999) ” - SteveWev
Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Director, Amélie
Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a self-taught director who was very quickly interested by cinema, with a predilection for a fantastic cinema where form is as important as the subject. Thus he started directing TV commercials and video clips (such as Julien Clerc in 1984). At the same time he met designer/drawer Marc Caro with whom he made two short animation movies: L'évasion and Le manège...
“ Top three films:
> The City of Lost Children (1995) - with Marc Caro
> Delicatessen (1991) - with Marc Caro
> Amelie (2001) ” - SteveWev
Buster Keaton
When at six months of age he tumbled down a flight of stairs unharmed, he was given the name "Buster" by Harry Houdini who, along with W.C. Fields, Bill Robinson ("Bojangles"), Eddie Cantor and Al Jolson shared headlines with "The Three Keatons": Buster, his father Joe Keaton and mother Myra Keaton...
“ Top three films:
> The General (1927) - with Clyde Bruckman
> Sherlock Jr. (1924)
> Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928) - with Charles Reisner ” - SteveWev
Krzysztof Kieslowski
Mr. Kieslowski started his career shooting documentaries and later became associated with the "cinema of moral anxiety" movement. It grouped several Polish directors, including Krzysztof Zanussi and Andrzej Wajda, and aimed at depicting the conditions of Poles under communism. His best known work was the Three Colors trilogy: Three Colors: Red...
“ Top three films:
> The Double Life of Veronique (1991)
> Three Colours: Blue (1993)
> A Short Film About Killing (1988) ” - SteveWev
Satoshi Kon
Satoshi Kon was born in 1963. He studied at the Musashino College of the Arts. He began his career as a Manga artist. He then moved to animation and worked as a background artist on many films (including Roujin Z by 'Katsuhiro Otomo'). Then, in 1995, he wrote an episode of the anthology film Memories (this Episode was "Magnetic Rose")...
“ Top three films:
> Paprika (2006)
> Tokyo Godfathers (2003) - with Shogo Furuya
> Millennium Actress (2001) ” - SteveWev
Stanley Kubrick
Director, The Shining
Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia). Stanley was considered intelligent, despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would produce better academic performance...
“ Top three films:
> Barry Lyndon (1975)
> The Shining (1980)
> Dr. Strangelove: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) ” - SteveWev
Akira Kurosawa
Writer, Yojimbo
After training as a painter (he storyboards his films as full-scale paintings), Kurosawa entered the film industry in 1936 as an assistant director, eventually making his directorial debut with Sanshiro Sugata. Within a few years, Kurosawa had achieved sufficient stature to allow him greater creative freedom...
“ Top three films:
> Yojimbo (1961)
> Ran (1985)
> Seven Samurai (1954) ” - SteveWev
John Landis
John Landis began his career in the mail room of 20th Century-Fox. A high-school dropout, 18-year-old Landis made his way to Yugoslavia to work as a production assistant on Kelly's Heroes. Remaining in Europe, Landis found work as an actor, extra and stuntman in many of the Spanish/Italian "spaghetti" westerns...
“ Top three films:
> An American Werewolf in London (1981)
> The Blues Brothers (1980)
> The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977) ” - SteveWev
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...
“ Top three films:
> M (1931)
> Metropolis (1927)
> The Big Heat (1953) ” - SteveWev
“ Top three films:
> Toy Story (1995)
> Knick Knack (1989, short)
> Luxo Jr. (1986, short) ” - SteveWev
Ang Lee
Director, Life of Pi
Born in 1954 in Pingtung, Taiwan, Ang Lee has become one of today's greatest contemporary filmmakers. Ang graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in 1975 and then came to the U.S. to receive a B.F.A. Degree in Theatre/Theater Direction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Masters Degree in Film Production at New York University...
“ Top three films:
> Life of Pi (2012)
> Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
> Brokeback Mountain (2005) ” - SteveWev
Sergio Leone
Sergio Leone was an Italian film director, producer and screenwriter, credited as the inventor of "Spaghetti Western" genre. Leone's film-making style includes juxtaposing extreme close-up shots with lengthy long shots. His movies include the sword and sandal action films The Last Days of Pompeii and The Colossus of Rhodes...
“ Top three films:
> Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
> The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1967)
> Once Upon a Time in America (1984) ” - SteveWev
Richard Linklater
Director, Before Sunset
Self-taught writer-director Richard Stuart Linklater was born in Houston, Texas, to Diane Margaret (Krieger), who taught at a university, and Charles W. Linklater III. Richard was among the first and most successful talents to emerge during the American independent film renaissance of the 1990s. Typically setting each of his movies during one 24-hour period...
“ Top three films:
> Dazed & Confused (1995)
> A Scanner Darkly (2004)
> School of Rock (2003) ” - SteveWev
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...
“ Top three films:
> Eraserhead (1977)
> Blue Velvet (1986)
> Mulholland Drive (2001) ” - SteveWev
Michael Mann
Producer, Heat
A student of London's International Film School, Michael Mann began his career in the late 70s, writing for TV shows like Starsky and Hutch. He directed his first film, the award-winning prison drama The Jericho Mile, in 1979. He followed that in 1981 with his first theatrical release, Thief starring James Caan as a safe-cracker who falls under the spell of the mob...
“ Top three films:
> Heat (1995)
> Manhunter (1986)
> Public Enemies (2009) ” - SteveWev
Takashi Miike
Takashi Miike was born in the small town of Yao on the outskirts of Osaka, Japan. His main interest growing up was motorbikes, and for a while he harbored ambitions to race professionally. At the age of 18 he went to study at the film school in Yokohama founded by renowned director Shôhei Imamura, primarily because there were no entrance exams...
“ Top three films:
> Audition (1999)
> The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001)
> Ichi the Killer (2001) ” - SteveWev
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...
“ Top three films:
> My Neighbour Totoro (1988)
> Princess Mononoke (1997)
> Spirited Away (2001) ” - SteveWev
F.W. Murnau
Director, Nosferatu
He studied art and literature history at the University of Heidelberg. During World War I, he was a combat pilot.
“ Top three films:
> Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
> Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931)
> Faust (1926) ” - SteveWev
Christopher Nolan
Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear story-telling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970 in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of film-making, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made. At 7 years old...
“ Top three films:
> Memento (2000)
> Batman Begins (2005)
> The Prestige (2006) ” - SteveWev
“ Top three films:
> Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
> What About Bob? (1991)
> The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) ” - SteveWev
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...
“ Top three films:
> Carrie (1976)
> The Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
> Dressed to Kill (1980) ” - SteveWev
“ Top three films:
> Oldboy (2003)
> Thirst (2008)
> Sympathy For Mr Vengeance (2002) ” - SteveWev
Trey Parker
Trey was born in Conifer, Colorado, on October 19, 1969 to Randy Parker, a geologist, and Sharon Parker, an insurance broker. He has an older sister, Shelley Parker. He met Matt Stone (co-creator of South Park) while attending the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he had a double major of music and Japanese...
“ Top three films:
> South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut (1999)
> Team America: World Police (2004)
> Cannibal! The Musical (1993) ” - SteveWev
Alexander Payne
Producer, The Descendants
Director, producer and screenwriter Alexander Payne was born in Omaha, Nebraska. His parents, Peggy (Constantine) and George Payne, ran a Greek restaurant. His father is of Greek and German ancestry, and his mother is of Greek descent; the family name was originally Papadopoulos. He has two older brothers...
“ Top three films:
> Sideways (2004)
> Election (1999)
> About Schmidt (2002) ” - SteveWev
Michael Powell
Director, The Red Shoes
The son of Thomas William Powell & Mabel (nee Corbett). Michael Powell was always a self confessed movie addict. He was brought up partly in Canterbury ("The Garden of England") and partly in the South of France (where his parents ran an hotel). Educated at Kings School, Canterbury & Dulwich College he first worked at the National Provincial Bank from 1922 - 1925...
“ Top three films:
> A Matter of Life and Death (1946) - with Emeric Pressburger
> The Red Shoes (1948) - with Emeric Pressburger
> Peeping Tom (1960) ” - SteveWev
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...
“ Top three films:
> A Matter of Life and Death (1946) - with Michael Powell
> The Red Shoes (1948) - with Michael Powell
> Black Narcissus (1947) - with Michael Powell ” - SteveWev
Sam Raimi
Writer, Spider-Man 3
Highly inventive U.S. film director/producer/writer/actor Sam Raimi first came to the attention of film fans with the savage, yet darkly humorous, low-budget horror film, The Evil Dead. From his childhood, Raimi was a fan of the cinema and, before he was ten-years-old, he was out making movies with an 8mm camera...
“ Top three films:
> Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)
> Drag Me To Hell (2009)
> Spiderman 2 (2004) ” - SteveWev
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...
“ Top three films:
> Bigger Than Life (1956)
> In a Lonely Place (1950)
> They Live by Night (1947) ” - SteveWev
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...
“ Top three films:
> The Third Man (1949)
> Odd Man Out (1947)
> Oliver! (1968) ” - SteveWev
Carl Reiner
Carl Reiner is a legend of American comedy, having achieved great success as a comic actor, a director, producer and recording artist. He has won nine Emmy Awards, three as an actor, three as a writer and two as a producer. He also won a Grammy Award for his "2,000 Year Old Man" album, based on his comedy routine with Mel Brooks...
“ Top three films:
> The Man With Two Brains (1983)
> The Jerk (1979)
> Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982) ” - SteveWev
Rob Reiner
Robert Reiner was born in New York City, to Estelle Reiner (née Lebost) and Emmy-Winning actor, comedian, writer, and producer Carl Reiner. Robert as a child often looked up to his father as his inspiration and role-model. Carl Reiner was on The Dick Van Dyke Show which Carl Reiner created and also starred in...
“ Top three films:
> This is Spinal Tap (1984)
> Stand By Me (1986)
> The Princess Bride (1987) ” - SteveWev
Nicolas Roeg
Director, Walkabout
When he made his directorial debut in 1970, Nicolas Roeg was already a 23-year veteran of the British film industry, starting out in 1947 as an editing apprentice and working his way up to cinematographer twelve years later. He first came to attention as part of the second unit on David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia...
“ Top three films:
> The Man Who Fell to Earth (1975)
> Don't Look Now (1973)
> Walkabout (1971) ” - SteveWev
Martin Scorsese
Martin Charles Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942 in Queens, New York City, to Catherine Scorsese (née Cappa) and Charles Scorsese, who both worked in Manhattan's garment district, and whose families both came from Palermo, Sicily. He was raised in the neighborhood of Little Italy, which later provided the inspiration for several of his films...
“ Top three films:
> Taxi Driver (1976)
> Raging Bull (1980)
> The King of Comedy (1983) ” - SteveWev
Steven Spielberg
Undoubtedly one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, director and writer...
“ Top three films:
> Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
> Jaws (1975)
> Jurassic Park (1993) ” - SteveWev
Kevin Smith
Kevin Patrick Smith was born in Red Bank, New Jersey, to Grace (Schultz) and Donald E. Smith, a postal worker. He is very proud of his native state; this fact can be seen in all of his movies. Kevin is of mostly German, with some Irish and English, ancestry. His first movie, Clerks, was filmed in the convenience store in which Smith worked...
“ Top three films:
> Clerks (1994)
> Dogma (1999)
> Mallrats (1995) ” - SteveWev
Jan Svankmajer
Director, Otesánek
After studying at the Institute of Industrial Arts and the Marionette Faculty of the Prague Academy of Fine Arts in the 1950s, Jan Svankmajer started working as a theatre director, chiefly in association with the Theatre of Masks and the Black Theatre. He first experimented with film-making after becoming involved with the mixed-media productions of Prague's Lanterna Magika Theatre...
“ Top three films:
> Dimensions of Dialogue (1983, Short Film)
> Food (1992, Short Film)
> Surviving Life (2010) ” - SteveWev
Quentin Tarantino
Writer, Pulp Fiction
Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Tony Tarantino, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee. Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old. In January of 1992...
“ Top three films:
> Inglourious Basterds (2009)
> Reservoir Dogs (1992)
> Pulp Fiction (1994) ” - SteveWev
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...
“ Top three films:
> Solaris (1972)
> Ivan's Childhood (1962)
> Stalker (1979) ” - SteveWev
Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer, and novelist. In his filmmaking career, del Toro has alternated between Spanish-language dark fantasy pieces, such as the gothic horror film The Devil's Backbone, and Pan's Labyrinth, and more mainstream American action movies, such as the vampire superhero action film Blade II...
“ Top three films:
> Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
> The Devil's Backbone (2001)
> Hellboy 2 (2008) ” - SteveWev
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...
“ Top three films:
> I Walked With a Zombie (1943)
> Build My Gallows High (1947)
> Cat People (1942) ” - SteveWev
Lars von Trier
Writer, Melancholia
Lars von Trier (the "von" was adopted during his stay at the Danish Film School) was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in April 1956. He graduated from the Danish Film School in 1983 with his short film Befrielsesbilleder ("Images of Relief"), which won the Best Film award at the Munich Film Festival the following year...
“ Top three films:
> The Idiots (1998)
> Dogville (2003)
> Breaking the Waves (1996) ” - SteveWev
Lee Unkrich
Editorial Department, Finding Nemo
Lee Unkrich attended Chagrin Falls High School in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. He was born in 1967 and graduated in 1985. He was a great French student and created a character in his movie, Toy Story 2 after his high school French teacher. He was featured in the local paper twice for Monsters, Inc. and for Finding Nemo.
“ Top three films:
> Finding Nemo (2003) - with Andrew Stanton
> Toy Story 3 (2010)
> Monsters Inc. (2003) - with Pete Docter and David Silverman ” - SteveWev
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...
“ Top three films:
> White Heat (1949)
> Pursued (1947)
> The Roaring Twenties (1939) ” - SteveWev
John Waters
Actor, Hairspray
Growing up in Baltimore in the 1950s, John Waters was not like other children; he was obsessed by violence and gore, both real and on the screen. With his weird counter-culture friends as his cast, he began making silent 8mm and 16mm films in the mid-'60s; he screened these in rented Baltimore church halls to underground audiences drawn by word of mouth and street leafleting campaigns...
“ Top three films:
> Pink Flamingos (1972)
> Female Trouble (1974)
> Hairspray (1988) ” - SteveWev
Orson Welles
His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was seven) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr...
“ Top three films:
> Touch of Evil (1958)
> Citizen Kane (1941)
> The Stranger (1946) ” - SteveWev
Billy Wilder
The second of two sons, his father ran a chain of railway station cafes. As a youth he was obsessed with everything American. encouraged by his mother he enrolled as a law student at the University of Vienna but quit after 3 months to be a writer on a magazine which although poorly paid it gave him a great amount of experience interviewing such as Richard Strauss and Sigmund Freud...
“ Top three films:
> Double Indemnity (1944)
> Sunset Boulevard (1950)
> The Apartment (1960) ” - SteveWev
Robert Wise
Robert Earl Wise was born on September 10, 1914 in Winchester, Indiana, the youngest of three sons of Olive R. (Longenecker) and Earl Waldo Wise, a meat packer. His parents were both of Pennsylvania Dutch (German) descent. At age nineteen, the avid moviegoer came into the film business through an odd job at RKO Radio Pictures...
“ Top three films:
> The Haunting (1961)
> The Curse of the Cat People (1944) - with Gunther Von Fritsche
> The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) ” - SteveWev
“ Top three films:
> Shawn of the Dead (2004)
> Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World (2010)
> Hot Fuzz (2006) ” - SteveWev
Robert Zemeckis
A whiz-kid with special effects, Robert is from the Spielberg camp of film-making (Steven Spielberg produced many of his films). Usually working with writing partner Bob Gale, Robert's earlier films show he has a talent for zany comedy (Romancing the Stone, 1941) and special effect vehicles (Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Back to the Future)...
“ Top three films:
> Back to the Future (1985)
> Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)
> Cast Away (2000) ” - SteveWev