My Top Directors

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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...
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Annie Hall
Stardust Memories
Broadway Danny Rose
Midnight in Paris
Love and Death
Manhattan Murder Mystery
Husbands and Wives
Blue Jasmine
Bullets Over Broadway
Hannah and Her Sisters
Melinda and Melinda
Another Woman
Mighty Aphrodite
New York Stories*
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Take the Money and Run
Radio Days
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
Sweet and Lowdown
Irrational Man
The Purple Rose of Cairo
Magic in the Moonlight
To Rome with Love
Small Time Crooks
Match Point
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
Hollywood Ending
What's Up, Tiger Lily?
Whatever Works
Everyone Says I Love You
Shadows and Fog
Don't Drink the Water
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex
Cassandra's Dream
Anything Else
Deconstructing Harry
Sounds from a Town I Love

* segment "Oedipus Wrecks" ” - the_guttersnipe
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...
Talk to Her
Live Flesh
The Skin I Live In
All About My Mother
The Flower of My Secret
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Bad Education
What Have I Done to Deserve This?
I'm So Excited!
Law of Desire
Labyrinth of Passion
Broken Embraces
Dark Habits
High Heels
Pepi, Luci, Bom
The Cannibalistic Councillor ” - the_guttersnipe
Robert Altman
Director, Gosford Park
Robert Altman was born on February 20th, 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri, to B.C. (an insurance salesman) and Helen Altman. He entered St. Peters Catholic school at the age six, and spent a short time at a Catholic high school. From there, he went to Rockhurst High School. It was then that he started exploring the art of exploring sound with the cheap tape recorders available at the time...
The Player
3 Women
Short Cuts
Secret Honor
Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson
Gosford Park
McCabe & Mrs. Miller
A Prairie Home Companion
The Long Goodbye
Dr. T & the Women
Brewster McCloud
The Gingerbread Man
O.C. and Stiggs
The James Dean Story
Gun (one episode)

* segment "Les Boréades" ” - the_guttersnipe
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...
There Will Be Blood
The Master
Boogie Nights
Punch-Drunk Love
Inherent Vice
Hard Eight
Blossoms & Blood
Mattress Man Commercial
Hot Knife
Across the Universe
Paper Bag
Save Me
Fast As You Can
Here We Go ” - the_guttersnipe
Kenneth Anger
Director, Eaux d'artifice
Kenneth Anger is an independent filmmaker and author. He claims to have appeared as the child prince in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), but Warner Brothers production reports and casting sheets conclusively document that a little girl, child actress Sheila Brown, actually played the role. Anger did...
Scorpio Rising
Kustom Kar Kommandos
Lucifer Rising
Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome
Invocation of My Demon Brother
42 One Dream Rush*
Puce Moment
Rabbit's Moon
Eaux d'Artifice
The Man We Want to Hang

* segment "Death" ” - the_guttersnipe
Michelangelo Antonioni
Writer, Blow-Up
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...
The Red Desert
La Notte
The Passenger
Zabriskie Point
Identification of a Woman
La Signora Senza Camelie
Il Grido
Chung Kuo - Cina

* segment "The Dangerous Thread of Things" ” - the_guttersnipe
Ingmar Bergman
Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born July 14, 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, as in 'Den Goda Viljan' Pernilla August play his mother...
Scenes from a Marriage
The Virgin Spring
The Seventh Seal
The Magician
Winter Light
Smiles of a Summer Night
Summer with Monika
Fanny and Alexander
The Passion of Anna
Hour of the Wolf
Wild Strawberries
Through a Glass Darkly
The Silence
Cries and Whispers
Summer Interlude
Autumn Sonata
Three Strange Loves
The Rite
Waiting Women
After the Rehearsal
From the Life of the Marionettes
Port of Call
A Lesson in Love
The Devil's Eye
To Joy
Sawdust and Tinsel
All These Women
The Damned Women's Dance ” - the_guttersnipe
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...
The Exterminating Angel
The Phantom of Liberty
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz
Belle de Jour
That Obscure Object of Desire
L'Âge d'Or
El Bruto
The Milky Way
The Diary of a Chambermaid
Los Olvidados
Wuthering Heights
The Young One
Death in the Garden
Daughter of Deceit
The Great Madcap
Ascent to Heaven
Gran Casino
Guard! Alert!
Robinson Crusoe
Un Chien Andalou
Simon of the Desert
Land Without Bread ” - the_guttersnipe
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)...
Ed Wood
Edward Scissorhands
Big Fish
Batman Returns
Corpse Bride
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Big Eyes
Sleepy Hollow
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Dark Shadows
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Alice in Wonderland
Pee-wee's Big Adventure
Mars Attacks!
Planet of the Apes
Bones ” - the_guttersnipe
Time Out
The Class
Human Resources
Heading South
Les Sanguinaires
7 Days in Havana*

* segment "La Fuente" ” - the_guttersnipe
Winter Sleep
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Three Monkeys
Clouds of May ” - the_guttersnipe
Claude Chabrol
Director, La Cérémonie
French film director considered a master in the mystery genre. He is credited with starting the "nouvelle vague" French film movement.
La Femme Infidèle
A Girl Cut in Two
This Man Must Die
La Cérémonie
Le Boucher
Les Biches
Merci pour le Chocolat
Madame Bovary
Paris vu par...*
The Beautiful Swindlers**

* segment "La Muette"
** segment "L'Homme qui Vendit la Tour Eiffel" ” - the_guttersnipe
Charles Chaplin
Writer, Modern Times
Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin 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 character, the Little Tramp; the man with the toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane, and a funny walk...
The Great Dictator
City Lights
Monsieur Verdoux
Modern Times
The Kid
The Circus
The Gold Rush
The Chaplin Revue
A Woman of Paris
A King in New York
A Countess from Hong Kong
Shoulder Arms
A Day's Pleasure
A Dog's Life
The Idle Class
Pay Day
The Pilgrim
The Immigrant ” - the_guttersnipe
Henri-Georges Clouzot
Writer, Diabolique
Beginning his film career as a screenwriter, Henri-Georges Clouzot switched over to directing and in 1943 had the distinction of having his film Le Corbeau banned by both the German forces occupying France and the Free French forces fighting them, but for different reasons. He shot to international fame with The Wages of Fear and consolidated that success with Diabolique...
The Wages of Fear
Les Diaboliques
La Prisonnière
Le Corbeau
L'Assassin Habite au 21
Quai des Orfèvres
Les Espions
The Mystery of Picasso ” - the_guttersnipe
“ (with Ethan Coen)

The Big Lebowski
Barton Fink
No Country for Old Men
A Serious Man
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Miller's Crossing
The Hudsucker Proxy
The Man Who Wasn't There
True Grit
Blood Simple.
Raising Arizona
Burn After Reading
Paris, je t'aime*
To Each His Own Cinema**
Intolerable Cruelty
Inside Llewyn Davis
The Ladykillers

* segment "Tuileries"
** segment "World Cinema" ” - the_guttersnipe
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...
The Godfather: Part II
Apocalypse Now
The Conversation
The Godfather
One from the Heart
Tucker: The Man and His Dream
The Rain People
New York Stories*
The Rainmaker
Rumble Fish
You're a Big Boy Now
The Outsiders
The Cotton Club
Youth Without Youth
Dementia 13
The Godfather: Part III
Gardens of Stone
Finian's Rainbow
Battle Beyond the Sun
Peggy Sue Got Married
The Terror
Captain EO

* segment "Life Without Zoë" ” - the_guttersnipe
Highway Patrolman
Searchers 2.0
Death and the Compass
Revengers Tragedy
Sid and Nancy
Three Businessmen
Repo Man
Repo Chick ” - the_guttersnipe
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, Milton Cronenberg, was a journalist and editor, and his mother, Esther (Sumberg), was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early age (he wrote and published eerie short stories...
Dead Ringers
A History of Violence
The Fly
The Dead Zone
Naked Lunch
To Each His Own Cinema*
Eastern Promises
The Brood
Maps to the Stars
A Dangerous Method
M. Butterfly
Crimes of the Future
Fast Company

* segment "At the Suicide of the Last Jew in the World in the Last Cinema in the World" ” - the_guttersnipe
Jules Dassin
Director, Rififi
Jules Dassin was an Academy Award-nominated director, screenwriter and actor best known for his films Rififi, Never on Sunday, and Topkapi. He was born Julius Samuel Dassin on 18 December 1911, in Middletown, Connecticut, USA. He was one of eight children of Russian-Jewish immigrants...
Night and the City
Brute Force
Thieves' Highway
The Naked City
Never on Sunday
The Canterville Ghost
The Tell-Tale Heart ” - the_guttersnipe
The Long Day Closes
The Terence Davies Trilogy
A Quiet Passion
The House of Mirth
Distant Voices, Still Lives
The Deep Blue Sea
The Neon Bible
Of Time and the City ” - the_guttersnipe
Maya Deren
Maya Deren came to the USA in 1922 as Eleanora Derenkowsky. Together with her father, a psychiatrist, and her mother, an artist, she fled the pogroms against Russian Jews. She studied journalism and political science in at Syracuse University in New York, finishing her BA at NYU in June 1936 and then received her MA in English literature from Smith in 1939...
Meshes of the Afternoon
Witch's Cradle
Ritual in Transfigured Time
At Land
A Study in Choreography for Camera
Meditation on Violence
The Very Eye of Night
Ensemble for Somnambulists
The Private Life of a Cat
Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti ” - the_guttersnipe
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...
Day of Wrath
The Passion of Joan of Arc
The Parson's Widow
Leaves from Satan's Book
Master of the House
Love One Another
Once Upon a Time
The Bride of Glomdal
The President
Two People
They Caught the Ferry
The Castle Within the Castle
The Storstrom Bridge
Good Mothers
The Danish Village Church
The Struggle Against Cancer ” - the_guttersnipe
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...
Battleship Potemkin
Ivan the Terrible, Part Two
Alexander Nevsky
Ivan the Terrible, Part One
¡Que viva México! ” - the_guttersnipe
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...
The Addiction
Ms .45
King of New York
The Blackout
Bad Lieutenant
Go Go Tales
Welcome to New York
4:44 Last Day on Earth
Body Snatchers
New Rose Hotel
The Funeral
Dangerous Game
Crime Story
China Girl
The Driller Killer
Napoli, Napoli, Napoli
'R Xmas
SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground*
The Gladiator
Fear City
Cat Chaser
9 Lives of a Wet Pussy
42 One Dream Rush**
The Hold Up
Could This Be Love
Nicky's Film
Chelsea on the Rocks

* segment "Love on the A Train"
** segment "Dream Piece" ” - the_guttersnipe
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...
Fight Club
The Social Network
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Gone Girl
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Panic Room
The Game
Bad Girl
Oh Father
Express Yourself
Suit & Tie
Englishman in New York
We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off
House of Cards (two episodes) ” - the_guttersnipe
John Ford
Director, The Searchers
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
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
My Darling Clementine
The Iron Horse
The Searchers
Fort Apache
Young Mr. Lincoln
Two Rode Together
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
The Last Hurrah
Drums Along the Mohawk
They Were Expendable
Tobacco Road
The Horse Soldiers
7 Women
The Informer
The Lost Patrol
Rio Grande
Gideon of Scotland Yard
3 Godfathers
The Fugitive
Cheyenne Autumn
The Wings of Eagles
The Sun Shines Bright
How the West Was Won*
The Quiet Man
Wagon Master
What Price Glory
How Green Was My Valley
Mary of Scotland
Mister Roberts
The Long Gray Line
Born Reckless
Judge Priest
Cameo Kirby

* segment "The Civil War" ” - the_guttersnipe
Georges Franju
Georges Franju is a figure of immense importance in the history of French cinema, not primarily for his films (exceptional though many of these are) but for being the co-founder, with Henri Langlois, of the Cinematheque Française in 1937--France's most famous and important film archive. He worked primarily as a film archivist until 1949...
Eyes Without a Face
Nuits Rouges
Head Against the Wall
Blood of the Beasts ” - the_guttersnipe
Samuel Fuller
At age 17, Samuel Fuller was the youngest reporter ever to be in charge of the events section of the New York Journal. After having participated in the European battle theater in World War II, he directed some minor action productions for which he mostly wrote the scripts himself and which he also produced (e.g...
The Naked Kiss
White Dog
Shock Corridor
Underworld U.S.A.
Forty Guns
Pickup on South Street
Run of the Arrow
I Shot Jesse James
The Big Red One
Fixed Bayonets!
Park Row
China Gate
Merrill's Marauders
The Baron of Arizona
The Steel Helmet
The Crimson Kimono
House of Bamboo
Hell and High Water
Chillers (one episode) ” - the_guttersnipe
Abel Gance
Writer, Napoleon
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...
La Roue
The Tenth Symphony
Au Secours!
La Folie du Docteur Tube ” - the_guttersnipe
Bahman Ghobadi
Director, Turtles Can Fly
Bahman Ghobadi was born in 1969 in Baneh, in the province of Iranian Kurdistan, near the Iran-Iraq border. Shortly after graduating from the National Audiovisual School, he made his first short, immediately acclaimed by the local critics. One of these short films, "Life in Fog" (1999) is even considered as the most famous short ever made in Iran...
Turtles Can Fly
Half Moon
Rhino Season
A Time for Drunken Horses
No One Knows About Persian Cats
Marooned in Iraq ” - the_guttersnipe
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....
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Fisher King
Twelve Monkeys
Time Bandits
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
The Meaning of Life*
The Zero Theorem
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
The Brothers Grimm
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

* segment "The Crimson Permanent Assurance" ” - the_guttersnipe
Jean-Luc Godard
Director, My Life to Live
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)...
Week End
Vivre sa Vie
Pierrot le Fou
Prénom Carmen
Germany Year 90 Nine Zero
La Chinoise
Bande à Part
Two or Three Things I Know About Her
Tout va Bien
Made in U.S.A.
Film Socialisme
Masculin Féminin
Le Mépris
King Lear
À Bout de Souffle
Le Petit Soldat
Nouvelle Vague
Une Femme Mariée
Ten Minutes Older: The Cello**
Hélas pour Moi
Numéro Deux
Paris vu par...****
Éloge de l'Amour
Le Gai Savoir
Lotte in Italia
Une Femme est une Femme
Adieu au Langage
Notre Musique
Slow Motion
Je vous Salue, Sarajevo
Liberté et Patrie
Une Catastrophe
Charlotte et Véronique, ou Tous les Garçons s'Appellent Patrick
Histoire(s) du Cinéma
Sympathy for the Devil
Meetin' WA
Loin du Vietnam*****
L'Origine du XXIème Siècle
Letter to Jane: An Investigation About a Still
JLG/JLG - Autoportrait de Décembre

* segment "Il Nuovo Mondo"
** segment "Dans le Noir du Temps"
*** segment "Armide"
**** segment "Montparnasse-Levallois"
***** segment "Camera-Eye" ” - the_guttersnipe
Peter Greenaway
Peter Greenaway 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 Falls
Prospero's Books
Vertical Features Remake
The Baby of Mâcon
Drowning by Numbers
The Draughtsman's Contract
A Zed & Two Noughts
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
The Belly of Architect
Eisenstein in Guanajuato
Goltzius and the Pelican Company
The Pillow Book
8½ Women
A Walk Through H: The Reincarnation of an Ornithologist
Dear Phone
Water Wrackets
H is for House
Writing on Water
Rembrandt's J'Accuse
Lumière et Compagnie*

* segment "Peter Greenaway/Munich" ” - the_guttersnipe
D.W. Griffith
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...
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages
The Birth of a Nation
Orphans of the Storm
True Heart Susie
Broken Blossoms
Way Down East
Those Awful Hats ” - the_guttersnipe
Michael Haneke
A true master of his craft, Michael Haneke is one of the greatest film artists working today and one who challenges his viewers each year and work goes by, with films that reflect real portions of life in realistic, disturbing and unforgettable ways. One of the most genuine filmmakers of the world cinema...
The Seventh Continent
Funny Games (1997)
The Piano Teacher
Benny's Video
The White Ribbon
71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance
Code Unknown
The Castle
Funny Games (2007)
The Time of the Wolf
Lumière et Compagnie*

* segment "Michael Haneke/Vienne" ” - the_guttersnipe
Hal Hartley
Director, Trust
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...
Henry Fool
The Unbelievable Truth
Surviving Desire
Simple Men
Fay Grim
The Book of Life
The Girl from Monday
No Such Thing
Opera No. 1
The Other Also
Theory of Achievement
NYC 3/94
The New Math(s)
The Sisters of Mercy
Walking Wounded
The Only Living Boy in New York ” - the_guttersnipe
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...
Red River
Sergeant York
His Girl Friday
The Big Sleep
Ball of Fire
Monkey Business
El Dorado
To Have and Have Not
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Only Angels Have Wings
Rio Bravo
Bringing Up Baby
Tiger Shark
The Outlaw
O. Henry's Full House*
I Was a Male War Bride
The Thing from Another World
The Crowd Roars
The Prizefighter and the Lady

* segment "The Ransom of Red Chief" ” - the_guttersnipe
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...
I'm Not There.
Far from Heaven
Velvet Goldmine
Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story
Dottie Gets Spanked
Mildred Pierce (five episodes) ” - the_guttersnipe
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.
Even Dwarfs Started Small
Aguirre: The Wrath of God
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser
Heart of Glass
Fata Morgana
Rescue Dawn
Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet*
Signs of Life
The Wild Blue Yonder
Nosferatu the Vampyre
Cobra Verde
Scream of Stone
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans
Where the Green Ants Dream
Giovanna d'Arco
Lessons of Darkness
Land of Silence and Darkness
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
My Best Fiend
Little Dieter Needs to Fly
Into the Abyss
Encounters at the End of the World
Wheel of Time
Death Row (four episodes)

* segment "Ten Thousand Years Older" ” - the_guttersnipe
Alfred Hitchcock
Actor, 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)...
Rear Window
Strangers on a Train
North by Northwest
The Lady Vanishes
The Wrong Man
Shadow of a Doubt
The 39 Steps
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
The Birds
Dial M for Murder
Foreign Correspondent
The Lodger
The Ring
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Family Plot
The Manxman
Young and Innocent
The Pleasure Garden
Jamaica Inn
To Catch a Thief
Stage Fright
I Confess
Secret Agent
The Trouble with Harry
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
The Farmer's Wife
Waltzes from Vienna
Easy Virtue
Torn Curtain
The Paradine Case
Number Seventeen
Rich and Strange
Under Capricorn
The Skin Game
Elstree Calling*
Juno and the Paycock
Sound Test for Blackmail
Madagascar Landing
Bon Voyage

* some sketches ” - the_guttersnipe
Hsiao-Hsien Hou
Writer, The Assassin
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 and a Time to Die
Dust in the Wind
The Assassin
Three Times
A City of Sadness
Millennium Mambo
The Flight of the Red Balloon
Good Men, Good Women
Daughter of the Nile
Flowers of Shanghai
Goodbye South, Goodbye
To Each His Own Cinema*
The Puppetmaster
Café Lumière

* segment "The Electric Princess House" ” - the_guttersnipe
John Huston
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...
The Misfits
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
The Unforgiven
The Maltese Falcon
The Night of the Iguana
Fat City
The Dead
Moulin Rouge
Wise Blood
Key Largo
The Asphalt Jungle
The Last Run
The Man Who Would Be King
Moby Dick
A Walk with Love and Death
The List of Adrian Messenger
The Red Badge of Courage
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
Under the Volcano
The African Queen
Beat the Devil
Across the Pacific
Prizzi's Honor
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
The Kremlin Letter
Escape to Victory
Casino Royale*

* scenes at Sir James Bond's house and castle in Scotland scenes ” - the_guttersnipe
War Requiem
The Tempest
The Garden
The Angelic Conversation
The Last of England
Edward II
In the Shadow of the Sun
A Journey to Avebury
It's a Sin

* segment "Depuis le Jour" ” - the_guttersnipe
Jim Jarmusch
Moved to New York City at the age of seventeen from Akron, Ohio. Graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in English, class of '75. Without any prior film experience, he was accepted into the Tisch School of the Arts, New York.
Dead Man
Down by Law
Broken Flowers
Mystery Train
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
Only Lovers Left Alive
Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet*
Night on Earth
Stranger Than Paradise
Coffee and Cigarettes
The Limits of Control
Permanent Vacation

* segment "Int. Trailer Night" ” - the_guttersnipe
Alejandro Jodorowsky
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
Santa Sangre
The Dance of Reality
Endless Poetry
El Topo
Fando and Lis
The Rainbow Thief
The Severed Heads ” - the_guttersnipe
Buster Keaton
Joseph Frank Keaton was born on October 4, 1895 in Piqua, Kansas, to Joe Keaton and Myra Keaton. Joe and Myra were Vaudevillian comedians with a popular, ever-changing variety act, giving Keaton an eclectic and interesting upbringing. In the earliest days on stage, they traveled with a medicine show that included family friend...
Sherlock Jr.
The General
The Navigator
Seven Chances
Our Hospitality
Steamboat Bill, Jr.
Spite Marriage
Three Ages
The Cameraman
Battling Butler
Go West
The Balloonatic
One Week
Hard Luck
Convict 13
The Haunted House
The Frozen North
The Electric House
The Rough House ” - the_guttersnipe
Krzysztof Kieslowski
Krzysztof Kieslowski graduated from Lódz Film School in 1969, and became a documentary, TV and feature film director and scriptwriter. Before making his first film for TV, Pedestrian Subway (The Underground Passage), he made a number of short documentaries. His next TV title, Personnel (The Staff)...
Three Colours: Red
A Short Film About Love
The Double Life of Véronique
A Short Film About Killing
No End
Three Colours: Blue
Blind Chance
Three Colours: White
Camera Buff
Short Working Day
The Calm
The Scar
First Love
Pedestrian Subway
The Office
Concert of Requests
Talking Heads
Dekalog (ten episodes) ” - the_guttersnipe
Takeshi Kitano
Takeshi Kitano was born in Tokyo in 1947 and entered show business in 1972 as "Beat" Takeshi, the stage name he continues to use today as a performer. As part of the comic duo Two Beats, Kitano was one of the leading figures in the manzai (stand-up comedy) boom in the late 1970s. With his distinctive art of speech and his idiosyncratic perspective...
A Scene at the Sea
Kids Return
Ryuzo and His Seven Henchmen
Violent Cop
Boiling Point
To Each His Own Cinema*
Getting Any?

* segment "One Fine Day" ” - the_guttersnipe
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...
Dr. Strangelove
2001: A Space Odyssey
A Clockwork Orange
Paths of Glory
The Shining
The Killing
Full Metal Jacket
Eyes Wide Shut
Barry Lyndon
Killer's Kiss
Fear and Desire
Day of the Fight
Flying Padre
The Seafarers ” - the_guttersnipe
Lev Kuleshov
Director, Po zakonu
Lev Kuleshov was a Russian director who used the editing technique known as the "Kuleshov effect." Although some of the editing innovations, such as crosscutting were used by other directors before him, Kuleshov was the first to use it in the Soviet Russia. he was driving a Ford sports car amidst hard situation in the post-Civil war USSR...
The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks
By the Law
The Death Ray ” - the_guttersnipe
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...
High and Low
Throne of Blood
Seven Samurai
The Bad Sleep Well
I Live in Fear
Drunken Angel
The Lower Depths
Dersu Uzala
No Regrets for Our Youth
Stray Dog
Red Beard
The Most Beautiful
The Hidden Fortress
Judo Saga
The Silent Duel
One Wonderful Sunday
Rhapsody in August
The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail
Judo Saga II ” - the_guttersnipe
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...
Scarlet Street
Die Nibelungen: Siegfried
The Woman in the Window
Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge
The Big Heat
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
Woman in the Moon
You Only Live Once
Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler
Hangmen Also Die!
Ministry of Fear
Rancho Notorious
Man Hunt
Human Desire
Western Union
The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse
The Blue Gardenia
Clash by Night
While the City Sleeps
The Indian Tomb
Secret Beyond the Door...
The Tiger of Eschnapur
The Moving Image
Cloak and Dagger
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
The Return of Frank James
American Guerrilla in the Philippines ” - the_guttersnipe
Chang-dong Lee
Writer, Shi
Lee Chang-Dong was born in 1954 in Daegu, which some consider the most right-wing city in South Korea. Lee is a former high-school teacher and an acclaimed novelist. He turned to cinema when he was over 40 years old. His debut film "Green Fish" (1997) brought immediate success and critical acclaim. "Peppermint Candy" (2000)...
Peppermint Candy
Green Fish
Secret Sunshine ” - the_guttersnipe
Life Is Sweet
Secrets & Lies
Mr. Turner
Another Year
Vera Drake
High Hopes
Career Girls
All or Nothing
Four Days in July
Bleak Moments
The Short & Curlies
A Running Jump
A Sense of History
Play for Today (six episodes)
The Five Minute Films (five episodes)
BBC2 Playhouse (one episode)
Second City Firsts (one episode) ” - the_guttersnipe
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...
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Once Upon a Time in the West
Once Upon a Time in America
For a Few Dollars More
A Fistful of Dollars
A Fistful of Dynamite ” - the_guttersnipe
Ernst Lubitsch
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
The Shop Around the Corner
Trouble in Paradise
The Doll
The Oyster Princess
Design for Living
Heaven Can Wait
Broken Lullaby
Cluny Brown
The Smiling Lieutenant
Lady Windermere's Fan
A Royal Scandal ” - the_guttersnipe
David Lynch
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 Lynch shortly after he turned 21...
Mulholland Drive
Blue Velvet
Lost Highway
Inland Empire
The Straight Story
The Elephant Man
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Broken Hearted
To Each His Own Cinema*
More Things That Happened
Wild at Heart
The Grandmother
The Alphabet
42 One Dream Rush**
Six Figures Getting Sick
Lady Blue Shanghai
The Amputee
Industrial Soundscape
Darkened Room
The 3 Rs
Bug Crawls
Out Yonder - Neighbor Boy
Shot in the Back of the Head
Lumière et Compagnie***
Twin Peaks (six episodes)
Rabbits (nine episodes)
DumbLand (eight episodes)
Les Français vus par (one episode)

* segment "Absurda"
** segment "Dream #7"
*** segment "Premonition Following an Evil Deed" ” - the_guttersnipe
Alexander Mackendrick
One of the most distinguished (if frequently overlooked) directors ever to emerge from the British film industry, Alexander Mackendrick, was in fact born in the US (to Scottish parents), but grew up in his native Scotland, where he studied at the Glasgow School of Art. He started out as a commercial illustrator...
Sweet Smell of Success
Whisky Galore!
The Ladykillers
Sammy Going South
The Man in the White Suit
The Maggie
A High Wind in Jamaica ” - the_guttersnipe
Guy Maddin
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...
The Saddest Music in the World
Brand Upon the Brain!
The Forbidden Room
Tales from the Gimli Hospital
Cowards Bend the Knee
Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary
Twilight of the Ice Nymphs
Odilon Redon or The Eye Like a Strange Balloon Mounts Toward Infinity
The Heart of the World
Sissy Boy Slap Party
Sombra Dolorosa
A Trip to the Orphanage
Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair
My Dad is 100 Years Old
My Winnipeg ” - the_guttersnipe
Terrence Malick
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 Thin Red Line
The Tree of Life
The New World
To the Wonder
Days of Heaven ” - the_guttersnipe
Louis Malle
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...
Le Feu Follet
Atlantic City
Murmur of the Heart
Zazie dans le Métro
Elevator to the Gallows
Au Revoir, les Enfants
My Dinner with Andre
Vanya on 42nd Street
Lacombe Lucien
Les Amants
Milou en Mai
Viva Maria!
Alamo Bay
Spirits of the Dead*
Pretty Baby
The Thief of Paris
Black Moon
A Very Private Affair

* segment "William Wilson" ” - the_guttersnipe
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...
The Insider
The Jericho Mile
Public Enemies
The Last of the Mohicans
The Keep
L.A. Takedown
Miami Vice ” - the_guttersnipe
Blind Beast
Red Angel
Hanzo the Razor: The Snare ” - the_guttersnipe
This is England
Dead Man's Shoes
A Room for Romeo Brass
Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee
Somers Town
Small Time
Once Upon a Time in the Midlands
Northern Soul
The Stairwell
Where's the Money, Ronnie?
The Stone Roses: Made of Stone
This is England '88 (three episodes)
This is England '90 (four episodes)
This is England '86 (two episodes)
Shane's World (five episodes) ” - the_guttersnipe
Jean-Pierre Melville
Writer, Le Samouraï
The name "Melville" is not immediately associated with film. It conjures up images of white whales and crackbrained captains, of naysaying notaries and soup-spilling sailors. It is the countersign to a realm of men and their deeds, both heroic and villainous. It is the American novel, with its Ishmaels and its Claggarts a challenge to the European canon...
Army of Shadows
Léon Morin, Prêtre
Le Samouraï
The Red Circle
Second Breath
Bob le Flambeur
Le Doulos
Le Silence de la Mer
Les Enfants Terribles
Un Flic ” - the_guttersnipe
Lilya 4-Ever
Show Me Love
We Are the Best!
A Hole in My Heart
Talk ” - the_guttersnipe
F.W. Murnau
Director, Nosferatu
Director. First was assistant to Max Reinhardt. Began making movies in Germany in 1919. Went to the USA in 1926.
The Last Laugh
City Girl
The Finances of the Grand Duke
The Haunted Castle ” - the_guttersnipe
Christopher Nolan
Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear storytelling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970 in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of filmmaking, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made. At 7 years old...
The Dark Knight
Batman Begins
The Prestige
The Dark Knight Rises
Doodlebug ” - the_guttersnipe
Mamoru Oshii
Mamoru Oshii is a Japanese filmmaker, television director and screenwriter. Famous for his philosophy-oriented storytelling, Oshii has directed a number of popular anime, including Urusei Yatsura (1981-1984), Angel's Egg (1985), Patlabor: The Movie (1989), Ghost in the Shell (1995), and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)...
Patlabor 2
Ghost in the Shell
Angel's Egg
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
The Red Spectacles
The Sky Crawlers
Ghost in the Shell 2.0
Assault Girls
Ani*Kuri15 (one episode) ” - the_guttersnipe
Nagisa Ôshima
Nagisa Oshima's career extends from the initiation of the "Nuberu bagu" (New Wave) movement in Japanese cinema in the late 1950s and early 1960s, to the contemporary use of cinema and television to express paradoxes in modern society. After an early involvement with the student protest movement in Kyoto...
The Man Who Left His Will on Film
Death by Hanging
Empire of Passion
Violence at Noon
A Treatise on Japanese Bawdy Songs
A Street of Love and Hope
Pleasures of the Flesh
The Ceremony
Diary of a Shinjuku Thief
Band of Ninja
Three Resurrected Drunkards
Cruel Story of Youth
The Sun's Burial
Night and Fog in Japan
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
Japanese Summer: Double Suicide
In the Realm of the Senses
The Catch
The Rebel
Max mon Amour
Dear Summer Sister
Tomorrow's Sun
Kyoto, My Mother's Place
100 Years of Japanese Cinema
Akira Kurosawa: My Life in Cinema ” - the_guttersnipe
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Writer, Accattone
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...
The Gospel According to St. Matthew
Oedipus Rex
Il Decameron
The Hawks and the Sparrows
Arabian Nights
Mamma Roma
The Walls of Sana'a

* segment "La Ricotta" ” - the_guttersnipe
Sam Peckinpah
"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...
Straw Dogs
The Wild Bunch
The Getaway
Ride the High Country
Cross of Iron
The Killer Elite
The Ballad of Cable Hogue
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
The Osterman Weekend
Junior Bonner
Major Dundee
The Deadly Companions
The Glory Guys ” - the_guttersnipe
Roman Polanski
Director, The Pianist
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...
Rosemary's Baby
Knife in the Water
The Tenant
The Pianist
The Ninth Gate
The Ghost
Venus in Fur
Death and the Maiden
To Each His Own Cinema*
Oliver Twist
The Beautiful Swindlers**
Bitter Moon
The Fearless Vampire Killers
Teethful Smile
The Lamp
Two Men and a Wardrobe
Let's Break the Ball
The Fat Man and the Thin Man
When the Angels Fall
The Mammals
Weekend of a Champion

* segment "Cinéma Erotique"
** segment "La Rivière de Diamants" ” - the_guttersnipe
Michael Powell
Director, The Red Shoes
The son of Thomas William Powell and 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 a hotel). Educated at Kings School, Canterbury and Dulwich College...
The Red Shoes
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
Peeping Tom
Black Narcissus
The Small Back Room
A Matter of Life and Death
The Tales of Hoffman
The Thief of Bagdad
The Edge of the World
Age of Consent
A Canterbury Tale
49th Parallel
Ill Met by Moonlight
The Boy Who Turned Yellow
'I Know Where I'm Going!'
One of Our Aircraft is Missing
The Spy in Black
The Battle of the River Plate
They're a Weird Mob
The Elusive Pimpernel ” - the_guttersnipe
Otto Preminger
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...
Anatomy of a Murder
Carmen Jones
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Angel Face
Advise & Consent
Porgy and Bess
The Man with the Golden Arm
Fallen Angel
The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell
Margin for Error
River of No Return
Bonjour Tristesse
Danger: Love at Work
Saint Joan
The Moon is Blue
In Harm's Way
The Fan
The Human Factor
A Royal Scandal ” - the_guttersnipe
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...
In a Lonely Place
Johnny Guitar
They Live by Night
On Dangerous Ground
The Lusty Men
The Savage Innocents
Rebel Without a Cause
Bigger Than Life
Bitter Victory
The Racket
Party Girl
Run for Cover
55 Days at Peking
The True Story of Jesse James
King of Kings
Flying Leathernecks
Lightning Over Water ” - the_guttersnipe
Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray was born in Calcutta on May 2, 1921. His father, Late 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...
The Adversary
Pather Panchali
Days and Nights in the Forest
Two Daughters
The World of Apu
The Stranger
The Music Room
The Chess Players ” - the_guttersnipe
Jean Renoir
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...
Boudu Saved from Drowning
La Grand Illusion
La Règle du Jeu
La Bête Humaine
This Land is Mine
The Southerner
Le Crime de Monsieur Lange
La Chienne
French Cancan
The River
The Golden Coach
The Diary of a Chambermaid
Elena et les Hommes
La Nuit du Carrefour
Partie de Campagne ” - the_guttersnipe
Last Year at Marienbad
Je t'aime, je t'aime
Hiroshima Mon Amour
Mon Oncle d'Amérique
You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
Wild Grass
L'Amour à Mort
Life is a Bed of Roses
Life of Riley
On Connaît la Chanson
Private Fears in Public Places
Not on the Lips
I Want to Go Home
Night and Fog
Loin du Vietnam*
Statues Also Die

* segment "Claude Ridder" ” - the_guttersnipe
Leni Riefenstahl
Leni Riefenstahl's show-biz experience began with an experiment: she wanted to know what it felt like to dance on the stage. Success as a dancer gave way to film acting when she attracted the attention of film director Arnold Fanck, subsequently starring in some of his mountaineering pictures. With Fanck as her mentor, Riefenstahl began directing films...
The Blue Light
Triumph of the Will
Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations
Olympia Part Two: Festival of Beauty
Day of Freedom: Our Armed Forces
Impressions of the Deep
Victory of the Faith ” - the_guttersnipe
Jacques Rivette
Although François Truffaut has written that the New Wave began "thanks to Rivette," the films of this masterful French director are not well known. Rivette, like his "Cahiers du Cinéma" colleagues Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol and Éric Rohmer, did graduate to filmmaking but, like Rohmer...
Out 1: Noli me Tangere
La Belle Noiseuse
Va Savoir
Out 1: Spectre
Celine and Julie Go Boating
The Story of Marie and Julien
Gang of Four
Secret Défense
Don't Touch the Axe
Love on the Ground
Jeanne la Pucelle II - Les Prisons
Paris Nous Appartient
Up, Down, Fragile
Jeanne la Pucelle I - Les Batailles
L'Amour Fou
Lumière et Compagnie*

* segment "Jacques Rivette/Paris" ” - the_guttersnipe
John Sayles
Writer, Lone Star
A bright child, John Sayles began reading novels before age 9. A Williams grad in 1972, he shunned a corporate career to work various blue-collar jobs, moving to east Boston to take a factory job. He wrote stories and submitted them to various magazines, and the Atlantic Monthly gave him the idea of publishing them in a novel--thus "Pride of the Bimbos" (1975) was born...
Lone Star
City of Hope
Passion Fish
Sunshine State
Return of the Secaucus Seven
Baby It's You
Men with Guns
The Brother from Another Planet
Eight Men Out
Silver City
Casa de Los Babys
The Secret of Roan Inish
I'm on Fire
Born in the U.S.A.
Glory Days ” - the_guttersnipe
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...
Taxi Driver
Raging Bull
The Last Temptation of Christ
Mean Streets
The King of Comedy
The Departed
Shutter Island
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
After Hours
New York Stories*
The Aviator
Cape Fear
Who's That Knocking at My Door
The Age of Innocence
Gangs of New York
The Wolf of Wall Street
Bringing Out the Dead
New York, New York
The Color of Money
Boxcar Bertha
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies
No Direction Home
Shine a Light
The Last Waltz
A Letter to Elia
Boardwalk Empire (one episode)
Amazing Stories (one episode)

* segment "Life Lessons" ” - the_guttersnipe
Victor Sjöström
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 Wind
He Who Gets Slapped
The Phantom Carriage
The Monastery of Sendomir
The Gardener ” - the_guttersnipe
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...
Schindler's List
Minority Report
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Artificial Intelligence: AI
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Jurassic Park
Saving Private Ryan
Catch Me If You Can
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
The Adventures of Tintin
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
War of the Worlds
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
The Sugarland Express
Empire of the Sun
War Horse
Twilight Zone: The Movie*
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
The Color Purple
The Terminal
Amazing Stories (two episodes)

* segment "Kick the Can" ” - the_guttersnipe
Josef von Sternberg
Director, The Blue Angel
Josef von Sternberg split his childhood between Vienna and New York City. His father, a former soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army, could not support his family in either city; Sternberg remembered him only as "an enormously strong man who often used his strength on me." Forced by poverty to drop out of high school...
The Blue Angel
The Scarlet Empress
Duel in the Sun
The Shanghai Gesture
The Last Command
The Docks of New York
Blonde Venus
The Devil is a Woman
Shanghai Express
Morocco ” - the_guttersnipe
Preston Sturges
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...
The Palm Beach Story
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
Sullivan's Travels
Hail the Conquering Hero
Unfaithfully Yours
The Lady Eve
Christmas in July
The Great Moment
The Great McGinty
The Sin of Harold Diddlebock
The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend
The Diary of Major Thompson ” - the_guttersnipe
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...
Pulp Fiction
Reservoir Dogs
Inglourious Basterds
Kill Bill vol. 1
Jackie Brown
Death Proof
Sin City**
Django Unchained
Kill Bill vol. 2
Four Rooms***
My Best Friend's Birthday
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (two episodes)
ER (one episode)

* segment "Death Proof"
** one scene
*** segment "The Man from Hollywood" ” - the_guttersnipe
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...
The Sacrifice
Andrei Rublev
The Steamroller and the Violin
Ivan's Childhood
The Killers ” - the_guttersnipe
Hiroshi Teshigahara
Hiroshi Teshigahara was born the son of Sofu Teshigahara who was the founder of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana (flower arrangement). In 1950, he graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in oil painting. In 1958, he became the director of Sogetsu Art Centre and took a leading role in avant-garde activities in many fields of art...
Woman of the Dunes
The Face of Another
Tokyo 1958
Ikebana ” - the_guttersnipe
Dziga Vertov
Born in Bialystok, Poland, studied music and enrolled in St. Petersburg Neurological Institute in 1916. Worked on first Soviet newsreel, Kinonedelia (1918-1919), then on subsequent newsreel series (inc. Kinopravda, 1922-1925).
Our Response to the Gloatings of the Capitalist World
Man with a Movie Camera
Three Songs About Lenin
Soviet Toys ” - the_guttersnipe
Jean Vigo
Writer, L'Atalante
Jean Vigo had bad health since he was a child. Son of anarchist militant Miguel Almareyda, he also never really recovered from his father's mysterious death in jail when he was 12. Abandoned by his mother, he passed from boarding school to boarding school. Aged 23, through meetings with people involved in the movies...
Zéro de Conduite
À Propos de Nice
Taris, Roi de l'Eau ” - the_guttersnipe
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...
White Heat
High Sierra
The Roaring Twenties
The Thief of Bagdad
They Died with Their Boots On
Dark Command
The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw
The Tall Men
Sadie Thompson
The Enforcer
The Lawless Breed
Battle Cry
They Drive by Night
A Lion is in the Streets ” - the_guttersnipe
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 nine) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr. Maurice Bernstein...
Citizen Kane
The Trial
Chimes at Midnight
Touch of Evil
The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice
The Immortal Story
The Magnificent Ambersons
The Lady from Shanghai
The Stranger
Journey Into Fear
Black Magic
Mr. Arkadin
Too Much Johnson
Don Quixote
The Fountain of Youth
The Hearts of Age
F for Fake
Around the World with Orson Welles (seven episodes) ” - the_guttersnipe
Wim Wenders
Wim Wenders is an Oscar-nominated German filmmaker who was born Ernst Wilhelm Wenders on August 14, 1945 in Düsseldorf, which then was located in the British Occupation Zone of what became the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany, known colloquially as West Germany until reunification)...
Wings of Desire
Paris, Texas
The American Friend
Alice in the Cities
Kings of the Road
Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet*
To Each His Own Cinema**
Lightning Over Water
Lumière et Compagnie***
Buena Vista Social Club
Chambre 666
Notebook on Cities and Clothes

* segment "Twelve Miles to Trona"
** segment "War in Peace"
*** segment "Wim Wenders/Berlin" ” - the_guttersnipe
James Whale
Director, Frankenstein
James Whale was an English film director, theatre director and actor. He is best remembered for his four classic horror films: Frankenstein, The Old Dark House, The Invisible Man and Bride of Frankenstein. He also directed films in other genres, including what is considered the definitive film version of the musical Show Boat...
Bride of Frankenstein
The Invisible Man
The Old Dark House
Show Boat
Hell's Angels ” - the_guttersnipe
Billy Wilder
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...
The Apartment
Ace in the Hole
Sunset Boulevard
Double Indemnity
Some Like It Hot
Witness for the Prosecution
One, Two, Three
The Fortune Cookie
Love in the Afternoon
Stalag 17
The Spirit of St. Louis
Irma la Douce
The Lost Weekend
The Major and the Minor
The Front Page
Kiss Me, Stupid
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
The Seven Year Itch
Five Graves to Cairo
Mauvaise Graine
Buddy Buddy
A Foreign Affair
The Emperor Waltz
Death Mills ” - the_guttersnipe
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...
Odds Against Tomorrow
I Want to Live!
Somebody Up There Likes Me
The Set-Up
The Sound of Music
The Day the Earth Stood Still
The Haunting
The Curse of the Cat People
Blood on the Moon
The Body Snatcher
The Sand Pebbles
Destination Gobi
The Andromeda Strain
Born to Kill
Run Silent Run Deep
Audrey Rose
The House on Telegraph Hill
The Desert Rats
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
This Could Be the Night
West Side Story
The Hindenburg
Rooftops ” - the_guttersnipe
William Wyler
Director, Ben-Hur
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...
Roman Holiday
The Collector
The Desperate Hours
The Best Years of Our Lives
Funny Girl
The Heiress
How to Steal a Million
The Westerner
Detective Story
Wuthering Heights
Dead End
The Letter
Mrs. Miniver
The Children's Hour
The Big Country ” - the_guttersnipe
To Live
Ju Dou
Raise the Red Lantern
Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles
House of Flying Daggers
Not One Less
The Flowers of War
Happy Times
Curse of the Golden Flower
Red Sorghum
To Each His Own Cinema*
The Road Home
The Great Wall
Blood Simple
Lady of the Dynasty
Lumière et Compagnie**

* segment "En Regardant le Film"
** segment "Zhang Yimou/Chine" ” - the_guttersnipe