Am I the only one on this planet who thinks that Eric Rohmer and Robert Altman and is totally overrated.
“ I just wish there where more directors like him, but then again, maybe he would be less unique then.
2) Werkmeister's Harmonies
3) Damnation ” - captain_dimpf
Originally planning to become a lawyer, Billy Wilder abandoned that career in favor of working as a reporter for a Viennese newspaper, using this experience to move to Berlin, where he worked for the city's largest tabloid. He broke into films as a screenwriter in 1929, and wrote scripts for many German films until Adolf Hitler
came to power in 1933...
“ It's so hard to pick three films from him. Everything he did is worth watching:
1) The Lost Weekend
2) The Apartment
3) One, two, three
(because you've seen 'Some like it hot' already) ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) Dr. Strangelove
3) The Shining ” - captain_dimpf
Otto Ludwig Preminger was born in Wiznitz, Bukovina, Austria-Hungary. His father was a prosecutor, and Otto originally intended to follow his father into a law career; however, he fell in love with the theater and became a stage director. He directed his first film in 1931, and came to the US in 1936 to direct on the Broadway stage...
“ 1) Bunny Lake is missing
3) Anatomy of a murder ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) Touch of Evil
2) The Trial
3) Citizen Kane ” - captain_dimpf
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)...
“ 1) Breathless
2) My life to live
3) First Name: Carmen ” - captain_dimpf
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)...
“ 1) Psycho
2) North by Northwest
3) The Birds ” - captain_dimpf
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
“ 1) The exterminating Angel
2) The young one
3) Belle de Jour ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) Stalker
3) Ivan's Childhood ” - captain_dimpf
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)...
“ 1) Fallen Angel
2) In the mood for Love
3) Chunking Express ” - captain_dimpf
“ 1) A woman under the influence
3) Shadows ” - captain_dimpf
Lars von Trier
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...
“ 1) The Kingdom
3) Dancer in the Dark ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) Cul-de-Sac
2) Rosmary's Baby
3) Chinatown ” - captain_dimpf
“ 1) Gerry
2) My own privat Idaho
3) Last Days ” - captain_dimpf
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.
“ 1) Stroszek
2) Aguirre: the Wrath of God
3) Grizzly Man ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) Bicycle Thieves
2) Miracle in Milan
3) Umberto D ” - captain_dimpf
One of seven children, Frank Capra was born on May 18, 1897, in Bisacquino, Sicily. On May 10, 1903, his family left for America aboard the ship Germania, arriving in New York on May 23rd. "There's no ventilation, and it stinks like hell. They're all miserable. It's the most degrading place you could ever be," Capra said about his Atlantic passage...
“ 1) It's a wonderful Life
2) Arsenic and old Lace
3) Mr. Smith goes to Washington ” - captain_dimpf
“ 1) Bringing up Baby
2) The Big Sleep
3) His Girl Friday ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) Red Desert
2) La Notte
3) Blow Up ” - captain_dimpf
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)...
“ 1) Nights of Cabiria
2) La Strada
3) La Dolce Vita ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) The 400 Blows
2) Shoot the Piano Player
3) Jules et Jim ” - captain_dimpf
Film director Douglas Sirk, whose reputation blossomed in the generation after his 1959 retirement from Hollywood filmmaking, was born Hans Detlef Sierck on April 26, 1897, in Hamburg, Germany, to a journalist. Both of his parents were Danish, and the future director would make movies in German, Danish and English...
“ 1) Imitations of Life
2) All that Heaven allows
3) A time to love and a time to die ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) Mouchette
2) A Man Escaped
3) Au hasard Balthazar ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) 12 angry men
2) The fugitive kind
3) Before the Devil knows you're dead ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) Duel
3) Raiders of the lost Ark ” - captain_dimpf
“ 1) The Grapes of Wrath
2) My Darling Clementine
3) The Searchers ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) Eraserhead
2) Mulholland Dr.
3) Blue Velvet ” - captain_dimpf
Ridley Scott is an English film director and producer. Following his commercial breakthrough with the science-fiction horror film Alien (1979), his best known works are the noir science fiction film Blade Runner (1982), crime drama Thelma & Louise (1991), historical drama and Best Picture Oscar winner Gladiator (2000)...
“ 1) Alien
2) Balde Runner
3) Thelma and Louise ” - captain_dimpf
“ 1) The Conformist
2) Last Tango in Paris
3) Before the Revolution ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) The naked City
3) Brute Force ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) Badlands
2) Days of Heaven
3) Tree of Life ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) Black Swan
2) The Wrestler
3) Pi ” - captain_dimpf
“ 1) Fargo
2) Barton Fink
3) The Big Lebowski ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) Summer with Monica
2) Scenes from a marriage
3) The seventh seal ” - captain_dimpf
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
“ 1) Rome open City
2) Voyage in italy
3) Germany, Year Zero ” - captain_dimpf
An eccentric rebel of epic proportions, this Hollywood titan reigned supreme as director, screenwriter and character actor in a career that endured over five decades. The ten-time Oscar-nominated legend was born John Marcellus Huston in Nevada, Missouri, on August 5, 1906. His ancestry included English...
“ 1) The Maltese Falcon
2) The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
3) African Queen ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) Casablanca
2) Mildred Pierce
3) Angles with dirty faces ” - captain_dimpf
"If they move", commands stern-eyed William Holden
, "kill 'em". So begins The Wild Bunch
, Sam Peckinpah's bloody, high-body-count eulogy to the mythologized Old West. "Pouring new wine into the bottle of the Western, Peckinpah explodes the bottle", observed critic Pauline Kael
. That exploding bottle...
“ 1) The Getaway
2) Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia
3) The Wild Bunch ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) All About Eve
2) A letter to three Wives
3) Suddenly, last Summer ” - captain_dimpf
Belonging to an important family clan in Wisconsin, Joseph Losey studied philosophy but was always interested in theater and thus worked together with Bertolt Brecht
. After directing some shorts for MGM, he made his first important film, The Boy with Green Hair
, for RKO. While he was filming The Prowler
in Italy he was summoned to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee...
“ 1) The Servant
2) The Accident
3) The Criminal ” - captain_dimpf
“ 1) The Miracle Worker
2) Bonnie and Clyde
3) Little Big man ” - captain_dimpf
“ 1) The White Ribbon
3) Code unknown ” - captain_dimpf
Oscar-winning director John Schlesinger, who was born in London, on February 16, 1926, was the eldest child in a solidly middle-class Jewish family. Berbard Schlesinger, his father, was a pediatrician, and his mother, Winifred, was a musician. He served in the Army in the Far East during World War II...
“ 1) Midnight Cowboy
2) The Marathon Man
3) Billy Liar ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) The Ladykillers
2) Sweet Smell of Success
3) The man in the white Suit ” - captain_dimpf
Beginning his film career as a screenwriter, Henri-Georges Clouzot switched over to directing and in 1943 had the distinction of having his film The Raven
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
“ 1) The Wages of Fear
2) Les Diaboliques
3) Le Corneau ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) Bob le flambeur
2) The Red Circle
3) Le Doulos ” - captain_dimpf
Elia Kazan was a Greek-American director, producer, writer and actor. Noted for drawing out the best dramatic performances from his actors, he directed 21 actors to Oscar nominations, resulting in nine wins. He directed a string of successful films, including A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), On the Waterfront (1954)...
“ 1) Baby Doll
2) On the waterfront
3) East of Eden ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) La Bete Humaine
2) La Chienne
3) La Grande illusion ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) Stray Dog
2) The Seven Samurai
3) Yojimbo ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) the Conversation
2) Rumble Fish
3) The Godfather ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) The King of Comedy
2) Mean Streets
3) Raging Bull ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) The Great Dictator
2) Modern times
3) City Lights ” - captain_dimpf
He studied at the College of Technical Sciences of Vienna's Academy of Graphic Arts but unhappy with the career path chosen for him by his parents, he ran away to study art in Munich and Paris. He then spent many years travelling the world including Asia. In 1913, he returned to Paris to paint. When World War I began...
“ 1) The Women in the Window
2) You only live once
3) The big Heat ” - captain_dimpf
David Lean was an English film director, producer, screenwriter and editor, best remembered for big-screen epics such as The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Doctor Zhivago (1965). He is also known for the Dickens adaptations of Great Expectations (1946) and Oliver Twist (1948), as well as the romantic drama Brief Encounter (1945)...
“ 1) Great Expectations
2) Brief Encounter
3) Dr. Zhivago ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) Annie Hall
3) Broadway Danny Rose ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) The Third Man
2) Odd man out
3) The fallen Idol ” - captain_dimpf
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
“ 1) the good, the bad and the ugly
2) A fistful of Dollars
3) Once upon a time in the West ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) Paper Moon
2) The last picture Show
3) What's up, Doc ” - captain_dimpf
“ 1) Breakfast at Tiffany's
2) The Party
3) Days of Wine and Roses ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) Elevator to the Gallows
2) Murmur of the Heart
3) Atlantic City ” - captain_dimpf
“ 1) Cleo from 5 to 7
3) The Gleaners and I ” - captain_dimpf
“ 1) Secret and Lies
3) Vera Drake ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) Ladybird Ladybird
3) Sweet Sixteen ” - captain_dimpf
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
“ 1) Performance
2) Don't look back
3) Walkabout ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) The Son
2) The Child
3) Rosetta ” - captain_dimpf
“ 1) The Son
2) The Child
3) Rosetta ” - captain_dimpf
Hal Hartley is an American filmmaker, writer, director, producer, and composer who has made twelve feature films since 1988. Popularly associated with the American independent filmmaking scene of the early nineties, he went on to write and direct such films as No Such Thing (2001) for United Artists and Fay Grim (2006) for HD Net Films...
“ 1) The unbelievable Truth
3) Henry Fool ” - captain_dimpf
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.
“ 1) The Day of the Jackal
2) From Here to Eternity
3) High Noon ” - captain_dimpf
Jack Arnold reigns supreme as one of the great directors of 1950s science-fiction features. His films are distinguished by moody black and white cinematography, solid acting, smart, thoughtful scripts, snappy pacing, a genuine heartfelt enthusiasm for the genre and plenty of eerie atmosphere. Arnold was born on October 14...
“ 1) The Incredible Shrinking man
3) The Creature from the Black Lagoon ” - captain_dimpf
Russell Albion Meyer was born in San Leandro, California, to Lydia Lucinda (Hauck), a nurse, and William Arthur Meyer, a police officer, who divorced during his childhood. His parents were both of German descent. Meyer began winning prizes at 15 with his amateur films. He spent World War II in Europe as a combat cameraman...
“ 1) Faster Pussycat, Kill, Kill!!
3) Mudhoney ” - captain_dimpf
“ 1) Cape Fear
3) The Guns of Navarone ” - captain_dimpf
Jarmusch came to New York City from Akron, Ohio to study at Columbia and NYU's film school. He would also study film at the Cinematheque Francaise in Paris. He worked as an assistant on Lightning Over Water
, a film by Nicholas Ray and Wim Wenders, before making his first film, _Permanent Vacation (1982)_...
“ 1) Stranger than Paradise
2) Permanent Vacation
3) Dead Man ” - captain_dimpf
Don Siegel was educated at Cambridge University, England. In Hollywood from the mid-'30s, he began his career as an editor and second unit director. In 1945 he directed two shorts (Hitler Lives
and Star in the Night
) which both won Academy Awards. His first feature as a director was 1946's The Verdict
“ 1) Invasion of the Body Snatcher
2) The Killers
3) Dirty Harry ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) Tokyo Story
2) I was born, but
3) Late Spring ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) Ugetsu monogatari
2) Sansho the Bailiff
3) The Story of the Late Chrysanthemums ” - captain_dimpf
“ 1) Ossessione
2) Rocco and his Brothers
3) Senso ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) Letter from an unknown Woman
2) The Reckless Moment
3) Madame de... ” - captain_dimpf
was born in Calcutta on May 2, 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...
“ 1) The World of Apu
2) The Music Room
3) Aparajito ” - captain_dimpf
Preston Sturges' own life is as unlikely as some of the plots of his best work. He was born into a wealthy family. As a boy he helped out on stage productions for his mother's friend, Isadora Duncan
(the scarf that strangled her was made by his mother's company, Maison Desti). He served in the U.S...
“ 1) Sullivan's Travels
2) The Lady Eve
2) The Palm Beach Story ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) Jackie Brown
2) Reservoir Dogs
3) Pulp Fiction ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) To be or not to be
3) Heaven can wait ” - captain_dimpf
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
“ 1) Out of the Past
2) Cat People
3) I walked with a Zombie ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) Fight Club
3) The Game ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) La dernier Combat
3) Angel-A ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) Ali: Fear eats the soul
2) Fox and his Friends
3) The Marriage of Maria Braun ” - captain_dimpf
“ 1) Night and Fog
2) Hiroshima mon amour
3) Mon oncle d'Amérique ” - captain_dimpf
“ 1) Holiday
2) The Philadelphia Story
3) Adams Rib ” - captain_dimpf
The comic genius Jacques Tati was born Taticheff, descended from a noble Russian family. His grandfather, Count Dimitri, had been a general in the Imperial Army and had served as military attaché to the Russian Embassy in Paris. His father, Emmanuel Taticheff, was a well-to-do picture framer who conducted his business in the fashionable Rue de Castellane and had taken a Dutch-Italian woman...
“ 1) Mon Oncle
3) Mr. Hulot's Holiday ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) Bigger than Life
2) Rebel without a cause
3) In a lonely Place ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) the best years of our lives
2) Roman Holiday
3) The desperate Hours ” - captain_dimpf
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)...
“ 1) A History of Violence
3) Dead Ringers ” - captain_dimpf
“ 1) Nobody Knows
2) Still Walking
3) Maborosi ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) A City of Sadness
2) Three Times
3) Café Lumière ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) Gran Torino
2) The Bridges of Madison County
3) Unforgiven ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) The Red Shoes
2) A Matter of Life and Death
3) I know where I'm going ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) The Red Shoes
2) A Matter of Life and Death
3) I know where I'm going ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) The Firemen's Ball
2) Loves of a Blonde
3) One flew over the Cuckoo's nest ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) White Heat
3) High Sierra ” - captain_dimpf
James Whale was an English film director, theatre director and actor. He is best remembered for his four classic horror films: Frankenstein (1931), The Old Dark House (1932), The Invisible Man (1933) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Whale also directed films in other genres, including what is considered the definitive film version of the musical Show Boat (1936)...
“ 1) Frankenstein
2) The invisible man
3) Bride of Frankenstein ” - captain_dimpf
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...
“ 1) Pickup on South Street
2) Shock Corridor
3) Forty Guns ” - captain_dimpf