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...
“ Autumn Sonata
The Seventh Seal
Cries & Whispers
Through a Glass Darkly
Fanny and Alexander
Summer with Monika
The Virgin Spring
Hour of the Wolf
The Passion of Anna
Smiles of a Summer Night
Sawdust and Tinsel
From the Life of the Marionettes
Prison ” - SleepTight666
Tokyo-born Yasujiro Ozu was a movie buff from childhood, often playing hooky from school in order to see Hollywood movies in his local theatre. In 1923 he landed a job as a camera assistant at Shochiku Studios in Tokyo. Three years later, he was made an assistant director and directed his first film the next year...
“ Tokyo Story
An Autumn Afternoon
The Only Son
A Hen in the Wind
I Was Born, But...
An Inn in Tokyo
Record of a Tenement Gentleman
A Story of Floating Weeds
There Was a Father ” - SleepTight666
Terrence Malick was born in Ottawa, Illinois. His family subsequently lived in Oklahoma and he went to school in Austin, Texas. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy in 1965. A member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, he attended Magdalen College...
“ The Tree of Life
The Thin Red Line
Days of Heaven
Knight of Cups
The New World
To the Wonder ” - SleepTight666
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...
“ Seven Samurai
The Hidden Fortress
Throne of Blood
High and Low
No Regrets for Our Youth
Rhapsody in August
Sanshiro Sugata ” - SleepTight666
Wong Kar-wai (born 17 July 1956) is a Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker, internationally renowned as an auteur for his visually unique, highly stylised, emotionally resonant work, including Ah fei zing zyun (1990), Dung che sai duk (1994), Chung Hing sam lam (1994), Do lok tin si (1995), Chun gwong cha sit (1997)...
“ Chungking Express
In the Mood for Love
Ashes of Time
As Tears Go By
Days of Being Wild
2046 ” - SleepTight666
Jean-Luc Godard was born in Paris on December 3, 1930, the second of four children in a bourgeois Franco-Swiss family. His father was a doctor who owned a private clinic, and his mother came from a preeminent family of Swiss bankers. During World War II Godard became a naturalized citizen of Switzerland and attended school in Nyons (Switzerland)...
“ Pierrot le Fou
Vivre Sa Vie
Band of Outsiders
Alphaville ” - SleepTight666
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)...
“ Nights of Cabiria
La Dolce Vita
Juliet of the Spirits
I Vitelloni ” - SleepTight666
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...
Dazed and Confused
A Scanner Darkly
Before Sunrise ” - SleepTight666
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
“ Three Colors: Blue
The Double Life of Veronique
A Short Film About Killing
Three Colors: Red
A Short Film About Love
Three Colors: White ” - SleepTight666
Born in precisely the kind of small-town American setting so familiar from his films, David Lynch spent his childhood being shunted from one state to another as his research scientist father kept getting relocated. He attended various art schools, married Peggy Lynch and then fathered future director Jennifer Chambers Lynch
shortly after he turned 21...
“ Wild at Heart
The Elephant Man
The Straight Story
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
Dune ” - SleepTight666
Sergei M. Eisenstein
The son of an affluent architect, Eisenstein attended the Institute of Civil Engineering in Petrograd as a young man. With the fall of the tsar in 1917, he worked as an engineer for the Red Army. In the following years, Eisenstein joined up with the Moscow Proletkult Theater as a set designer and then director...
“ Ivan the Terrible, Part I
¡Que viva Mexico!
Ivan the Terrible, Part II
Old and New
October ” - SleepTight666
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...
“ Barry Lyndon
2001: A Space Odyssey
A Clockwork Orange
Full Metal Jacket
Eyes Wide Shut
Paths of Glory
Killer's Kiss ” - SleepTight666
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...
“ The Lady from Shanghai
Touch of Evil
F for Fake
The Magnificent Ambersons
Chimes at Midnight ” - SleepTight666
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...
“ The Mirror
The Steamroller and the Violin ” - SleepTight666
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...
“ Requiem for a Dream
Noah ” - SleepTight666
Charles Chaplin was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the silent era. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona "the Tramp" and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry. His career spanned more than 75 years...
“ Modern Times
The Great Dictator
The Gold Rush
A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate ” - SleepTight666
Robert Bresson trained as a painter before moving into films as a screenwriter, making a short film (atypically a comedy), Public Affairs
in 1934. After spending more than a year as a German POW during World War II, he made his debut with Angels of Sin
in 1943. His next film, Les dames du Bois de Boulogne
would be the last time he would work with professional actors...
“ Au Hasard Balthazar
Diary of a Country Priest
Les dames du Bois de Boulogne
A Man Escaped
Angels of Sin ” - SleepTight666
“ La Terra Trema
Rocco and His Brothers
Death in Venice
Ossessione ” - SleepTight666
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...
“ Taxi Driver
The Wolf of Wall Street
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Gangs of New York
Mean Streets ” - SleepTight666
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Alejandro González Iñárritu (ih-nyar-ee-too), born August 15th, 1963, is a Mexican film director. González Iñárritu is the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and by the Directors Guild of America for Best Director. He is also the first Mexican-born director to have won the Prix de la mise en scene or best director award at Cannes (2006)...
“ Amores Perros
Biutiful ” - SleepTight666
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...
“ Once Upon a Time in America
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Once Upon a Time in the West
For a Few Dollars More
A Fistful of Dollars ” - SleepTight666
was born in Calcutta on May second, 1921. His father, Sukumar Ray was an eminent poet and writer in the history of Bengali literature. In 1940, after receiving his degree in science and economics from Calcutta University, he attended Tagore's Viswa-Bharati University. His first movie Pather Panchali
won several International Awards and set Ray as a world-class director...
“ Pather Panchali
The World of Apu
The Music Room ” - SleepTight666
“ I Am Cuba
The Cranes Are Flying
Letter Never Sent ” - SleepTight666
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...
Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge
Die Nibelungen: Siegfried
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
You Only Live Once
Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler
Hangmen Also Die! ” - SleepTight666
Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in Iquique, Chile on February 7, 1929. In 1942 he moved to Santiago where he attended university, was a circus clown and a puppeteer. In 1955 he went to Paris and studied mime with Marcel Marceau
. He worked with Maurice Chevalier
there and made a short film, La cravate
“ The Holy Mountain
Fando and Lis
The Dance of Reality
The Rainbow Thief ” - SleepTight666
Born an illegitimate son of a wealthy physician, Abel Flamant, and a working class mother, Francoise Perethon. He was raised by his mother and her boyfriend, who later became her husband, Adolphe Gance. Pressured by his parents, he began his working career as a lawyer's clerk in hopes of achieving a prosperous career in law...
The Life and Loves of Beethoven
End of the World ” - SleepTight666
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Above all, Rainer Werner Fassbinder was a rebel whose life and art was marked by gross contradiction. Openly homosexual, he married twice; one of his wives acted in his films and the other served as his editor. Accused variously by detractors of being anticommunist, male chauvinist, antiSemitic and even antigay...
“ Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
Fox and His Friends
The Merchant of Four Seasons
World on a Wire
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
The Marriage of Maria Braun ” - SleepTight666
Guy Maddin was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to Herdis Maddin (a hair-dresser) and Charles "Chas" Maddin (grain clerk and general manager of the Maroons, a Winnipeg hockey team). Maddin studied economics at the University of Winnipeg, working as a bank manager, house painter, and photographic archivist before becoming a film-maker...
“ My Winnipeg
Brand Upon the Brain! A Remembrance in 12 Chapters ” - SleepTight666
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...
“ The 400 Blows
Jules and Jim
Day for Night
The Wild Child ” - SleepTight666
Son of the famous Impressionist painter Pierre Auguste, he had a happy childhood. Pierre Renoir
was his brother, and Claude Renoir
was his nephew. After the end of World War I, where he won the Croix de Guerre, he moved from scriptwriting to filmmaking. He married Catherine Hessling
, for whom he began to make movies; he wanted to make a star of her...
“ The Rules of the Game
La Grande Illusion
Boudu Saved from Drowning
A Day in the Country
Toni ” - SleepTight666
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...
“ Princess Mononoke
Howl's Moving Castle
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
My Neighbor Totoro
The Wind Rises
Castle in the Sky ” - SleepTight666
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
The Exterminating Angel
That Obscure Object of Desire
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
The Milky Way
Viridiana ” - SleepTight666
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)...
“ Rear Window
Strangers on a Train
Dial M for Murder
The Lady Vanishes
Shadow of a Doubt
The 39 Steps ” - SleepTight666
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...
L'Eclisse ” - SleepTight666
“ The General
Steamboat Bill, Jr. ” - SleepTight666
“ Embrace of the Serpent
The Wind Journeys
La Sombra del Caminante ” - SleepTight666
Of the ten films that Hsiao-Hsien Hou
directed between 1980 and 1989, seven received best film or best director awards from prestigious international films festivals in Venice, Berlin, Hawaii, and the Festival of the Three Continents in Nantes. In a 1988 worldwide critics' poll, Hou was championed as "one of the three directors most crucial to the future of cinema." Hou's birthplace...
“ A Time to Live, a Time to Die
A Summer at Grandpa's
A City of Sadness ” - SleepTight666
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...
“ Pulp Fiction
Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Kill Bill: Vol. 2
The Hateful Eight
Death Proof ” - SleepTight666
Enter the Void
Love ” - SleepTight666
“ The Dreamers
Last Tango in Paris
The Last Emperor ” - SleepTight666
I Killed My Mother
Heartbeats ” - SleepTight666
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...
“ Sansho the Bailiff
Street of Shame
The Life of Oharu
The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums
The Crucified Lovers
Sisters of the Gion
The 47 Ronin ” - SleepTight666
Theo Angelopoulos began to study law in Athens but broke up his studies to go to the Sorbonne in Paris in order to study literature. When he had finished his studies, he wanted to attend the School of Cinema at Paris but decided instead to go back to Greece. There he worked as a journalist and critic for the newspaper "Demokratiki Allaghi" until it was banned by the military after a coup d'état...
“ Eternity and a Day
Landscape in the Mist
Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow
The Travelling Players
Ulysses' Gaze ” - SleepTight666
“ Come and See
Rasputin ” - SleepTight666
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
Day of Wrath
The Parson's Widow
Leaves From Satan's Book ” - SleepTight666
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...
“ Apocalypse Now
The Godfather: Part II
The Godfather: Part III ” - SleepTight666
Asghar Farhadi was born in 1972 in Iran. He became interested in cinema in his teenage years and started his filmmaking education by joining the Youth Cinema Society of Esfahan in 1986 where he made 8mm and 16mm short films. He received his Bachelors in Theater from University of Tehran's School of...
“ A Separation
About Elly ” - SleepTight666
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...
“ Elevator to the Gallows
Au Revoir Les Enfants
Murmur of the Heart
My Dinner with Andre ” - SleepTight666
12 Years a Slave ” - SleepTight666
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...
“ Empire of the Sun
The Color Purple
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Saving Private Ryan
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
War of the Worlds
Hook ” - SleepTight666
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...
“ Le Samouraï
Le Silence de la Mer
The Army of Shadows
Les Enfants Terribles ” - SleepTight666
28 Days Later...
A Life Less Ordinary
The Beach ” - SleepTight666
Memories of Murder
Snowpiercer ” - SleepTight666
He studied art and literature history at the University of Heidelberg. During World War I, he was a combat pilot.
Tabu: A Story of the South Seas
The Last Laugh
Phantom ” - SleepTight666
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...
The Children Are Watching Us
Miracle in Milan ” - SleepTight666
Roman Polanski is a Polish film director, producer, writer and actor. Having made films in Poland, Britain, France and the USA, he is considered one of the few truly international filmmakers. Roman Polanski was born in Paris in 1933. His parents returned to Poland from France in 1936, three years before World War II began...
Knife in the Water
The Fearless Vampire Killers ” - SleepTight666
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...
The Birth of a Nation
Way Down East
Orphans of the Storm
True Heart Susie
Hearts of the World
Sally of the Sawdust
Judith of Bethulia
The Avenging Conscience ” - SleepTight666
“ Last Year at Marienbad
Hiroshima Mon Amour ” - SleepTight666
“ Funny Games
The White Ribbon
The Piano Teacher
Benny's Video ” - SleepTight666
trained as a painter and began working as a film editor for the Central Office of Information in 1965. Shortly afterwards he started to make his own films. He has produced a wealth of short and feature-length films, but also paintings, novels and other books. He has held several one-man shows and curated exhibitions at museums world-wide.
“ The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
Drowning by Numbers
The Pillow Book
A Zed & Two Noughts ” - SleepTight666
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...
“ Y Tu Mamá También
Children of Men
Gravity ” - SleepTight666
“ Marketa Lazarová
Valley of the Bees ” - SleepTight666
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...
“ The Skin I Live In
Talk to Her
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
All About My Mother ” - SleepTight666
, known for his creative stage direction, was born "Elia Kazanjoglous" in Istanbul in 1909 to Greek parents. He directed such Broadway plays as "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". He directed the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire
and also films written for the screen...
“ On the Waterfront
A Streetcar Named Desire
A Face in the Crowd
East of Eden
Baby Doll ” - SleepTight666
“ The Crowd
The Big Parade ” - SleepTight666
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.
“ Nosferatu the Vampyre
Aguirre, the Wrath of God
Rescue Dawn ” - SleepTight666
Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Georg Wilhelm Pabst is considered by many to be the greatest director of German cinema, in his era. He was especially appreciated by actors and actresses for the humane way in which he treated them. This was in contrast to some of his contemporaries, such as Arnold Fanck
, who have been characterized as martinets.
“ Pandora's Box
Diary of a Lost Girl ” - SleepTight666
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Pier Paolo Pasolini achieved fame and notoriety long before he entered the film industry. A published poet at 19, he had already written numerous novels and essays before his first screenplay in 1954. His first film Accattone
was based on his own novel and its violent depiction of the life of a pimp in the slums of Rome caused a sensation...
“ Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
The Gospel According to St. Matthew
The Canterbury Tales
Oedipus Rex ” - SleepTight666
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...
“ The Grand Budapest Hotel
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Royal Tenenbaums
Moonrise Kingdom ” - SleepTight666
Victor Sjöström was born on September 20, 1879, and is the undisputed father of Swedish film, ranking as one of the masters of world cinema. His influence lives on in the work of Ingmar Bergman
and all those directors, both Swedish and international, influenced by his work and the works of directors whom he himself influenced...
“ The Phantom Carriage
The Outlaw and His Wife
He Who Gets Slapped
A Man There Was
The Scarlet Letter
Ingeborg Holm ” - SleepTight666
“ Silent Light
Post Tenebras Lux ” - SleepTight666
With Last Round
(Last Round), his graduation short from The National Film School of Denmark, he got an early taste of critical success. He received the Jury's and Producers' Awards at the International Student Film Fest in Munich and won the 1st Prize at the Tel Aviv Film Fest. Popular success followed with his breakthrough short fiction film...
“ The Celebration
Dear Wendy ” - SleepTight666
Lars von Trier
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...
“ The Idiots
Nymphomaniac: Vol. I
Nymphomaniac: Vol. II
Dancer in the Dark
Antichrist ” - SleepTight666
Born on November 6, 1947 in Shanghai, China, Edward Yang has become one of the most talented international filmmakers of his generation. Along with Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Tsai Ming-Liang, Yang ranks among the leading artists of the Taiwanese New Wave, and one of the world's most brilliant auteurs. Growing up in Taipei...
“ A Brighter Summer Day
Yi Yi ” - SleepTight666
“ We Need to Talk About Kevin
Ratcatcher ” - SleepTight666
“ Lilya 4-Ever
Show Me Love ” - SleepTight666
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...
“ Boogie Nights
There Will Be Blood
Magnolia ” - SleepTight666
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...
“ Léon: The Professional
The Fifth Element
La Femme Nikita ” - SleepTight666
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...
“ Being John Malkovich
Where the Wild Things Are ” - SleepTight666
Kuroneko ” - SleepTight666
Jean Cocteau was one of the most multi-talented artists of the 20th century. In addition to being a director, he was a poet, novelist, painter, playwright, set designer, and actor. He began writing at 10 and was a published poet by age 16. He collaborated with the "Russian Ballet" company of Sergei Diaghilev
“ Beauty and the Beast
The Blood of a Poet
Testament of Orpheus ” - SleepTight666
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...
“ Sunset Blvd.
Some Like It Hot
The Lost Weekend
Witness for the Prosecution ” - SleepTight666
“ The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Crime and Punishment
The Hands of Orlac ” - SleepTight666
Harmony Korine was born in Bolinas, California, in 1973. His family moved to the east coast of the United States when he was five, and he spent his early years in Nashville, Tennessee, and New York. At the age of 19, he wrote the critically acclaimed screenplay Kids
for director Larry Clark
Spring Breakers ” - SleepTight666
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
“ Rome, Open City
Germany Year Zero
The Flowers of St. Francis ” - SleepTight666
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...
“ Fight Club
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Social Network
Alien³ ” - SleepTight666
Victor Manuel Gaviria González (Medellín, January 19, 1955) is a film director, screenwriter, Colombian poet and writer. Psychologists at the University of Antioquia and Colombia is one of the most internationally renowned filmmakers. His three films have won numerous international awards and even two of them were part of the official selection at Cannes...
“ La vendedora de rosas
Rodrigo D: No futuro ” - SleepTight666
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...
The Purple Rose of Cairo
Hannah and Her Sisters
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex ” - SleepTight666
William Wyler was an American filmmaker who, at the time of his death in 1981, was considered by his peers as second only to John Ford
as a master craftsman of cinema. The winner of three Best Director Academy Awards, second again only to Ford's four, Wyler's reputation has unfairly suffered as...
The Best Years of Our Lives
The Little Foxes
Wuthering Heights ” - SleepTight666
John Ford came to Hollywood following one of his brothers, an actor. Asked what brought him to Hollywood, he replied "The train". He became one of the most respected directors in the business, in spite of being known for his westerns, which were not considered "serious" film. He won six Oscars, counting (he always did) the two that he won for his WWII documentary work...
“ The Grapes of Wrath
How Green Was My Valley ” - SleepTight666
Victor Fleming entered motion pictures as a combination driver and stunt man at the Flying A studio in Santa Barbara, California, in 1912, following a series of jobs that included bicycle mechanic, taxi driver, auto mechanic (He also did a little racing on the side), chauffeur and auto salesman. Allan Dwan took credit for hiring him after he repaired Dwan's car...
“ Gone with the Wind
The Wizard of Oz
The Good Earth ” - SleepTight666
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance ” - SleepTight666
“ Barton Fink
The Big Lebowski
No Country for Old Men ” - SleepTight666
Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), cat-themed gift shop owner, 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
“ Ed Wood
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Planet of the Apes ” - SleepTight666
From Ernst Lubitsch's experiences in Sophien Gymnasium (high school) theater, he decided to leave school at the age of 16 and pursue a career on the stage. He had to compromise with his father and keep the account books for the family tailor business while he acted in cabarets and music halls at night...
“ To Be or Not to Be
Heaven Can Wait
Trouble in Paradise
I Don't Want to Be a Man
The Oyster Princess ” - SleepTight666
Samurai Rebellion ” - SleepTight666
Oliver Stone has become known as a master of controversial subjects and a legendary film maker. His films are filled with a variety of film angles and styles, he pushes his actors to give Oscar-worthy performances, and despite his failures, has always returned to success. William Oliver Stone was born in New York City...
“ Natural Born Killers
Born on the Fourth of July
Platoon ” - SleepTight666
“ The Faithful Heart
The Fall of the House of Usher
Chanson d'Armor ” - SleepTight666
“ Fish Tank
Withering Heights ” - SleepTight666
“ The Great Beauty
Youth ” - SleepTight666