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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)...
“ 8.7 - Rear Window [1954]
8.7 - Psycho [1960]
8.6 - North By Northwest [1959]
8.5 - Vertigo [1958]
8.3 - Rebecca [1940] => [{ WON BEST PICTURE }]
8.2 - Strangers On A Train [1951]
8.2 - Notorious [1946]
8.1 - Dial M For Murder [1954]
8.1 - Rope [1948]
8.1 - Shadow Of A Doubt [1943] ” - manu_matias
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...
“ 9.2 - The Godfather [1972] => [{ WON BEST PICTURE }]
9.0 - The Godfather: Part II [1974] => [{ WON BEST PICTURE }]
8.6 - Apocalypse Now [1979]

5 Oscar Won
14 Oscar Nominations ” - manu_matias
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...
“ 8.6 - Dr. Strangelove [1964]
8.5 - The Shining [1980]
8.5 - Paths Of Glory [1957]
8.5 - A Clockwork Orange [1971]
8.4 - Full Metal Jacket [1987]
8.4 - 2001: A Space Odyssey [1968]
8.1 - The Killing [1956]
8.1 - Barry Lyndon [1975] ” - manu_matias
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...
“ 8.6 - City Lights [1931]
8.5 - Modern Times [1936]
8.5 - The Great Dictator [1940]
8.3 - The Kid [1921]
8.3 - The Gold Rush [1925] ” - manu_matias
Frank Capra
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...
“ It Happened One Night [1934] => [{ WON BEST PICTURE }]
You Can't Take It with You [1938] => [{ WON BEST PICTURE }]
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington [1939]
Arsenic And Old Lace [1944]
It's A Wonderful Life [1946]

3 Oscar Won
6 Oscar Nominations ” - manu_matias
John Ford
Director, The Searchers
John Ford is, arguably, The Great American Director. When Orson Welles, who repeatedly screened Ford's Stagecoach as a crash course in filmmaking before helming his first film, Citizen Kane, was asked who his three favorite directors were, he answered, "John Ford, John Ford, and John Ford." Along with D.W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille...
“ How Green Was My Valley (1941) => [{ WON BEST PICTURE }]
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
The Informer (1935)

4 Oscar Won
6 Oscar Nominations ” - manu_matias
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...
“ 2 Oscar Won
15 Oscar Nominations ” - manu_matias
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...
“ 8.2 - Annie Hall [1977] => [{ WON BEST PICTURE }]
8.0 - Manhattan [1979]

3 Oscar Won
24 Oscar Nominations ” - manu_matias
James Cameron
Writer, Aliens
James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the United States in 1971. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University before switching to English, and eventually dropping out. He then drove a truck to support his screenwriting ambition...
“ 8.6 - Terminator 2: Judgment Day [1991]
8.5 - Aliens [1986]
8.1 - The Terminator [1984]
8.0 - Avatar [2009]
7.7 - Titanic [1997] => [{ WON BEST PICTURE }]

3 Oscar Won
6 Oscar Nominations ” - manu_matias
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...
“ 8.9 - Schindler's List [1993] => [{ WON BEST PICTURE }]
8.7 - Raiders Of The Lost Ark [1981]
8.5 - Saving Private Ryan [1998]
8.3 - Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade [1989]
8.2 - Jaws [1975]
8.0 - Jurassic Park [1993]

3 Oscar Won
15 Oscar Nominations ” - manu_matias
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...
“ 8.7 - Sunset Blvd. [1950]
8.5 - Double Indemnity [1944]
8.4 - Some Like It Hot [1959]
8.4 - The Apartment [1960] => [{ WON BEST PICTURE }]
8.4 - Witness For The Prosecution [1957]
8.1 - Stalag 17 [1953] ” - manu_matias
Milos Forman
Milos Forman was born Jan Tomas Forman in Caslav, Czechoslovakia, to Anna (Svabova), who ran a summer hotel, and Rudolf Forman, a professor. During World War II, his parents were taken away by the Nazis, after being accused of participating in the underground resistance. His father died in Buchenwald and his mother died in Auschwitz...
“ Amadeus (1984) => [{ WON BEST PICTURE }]One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)=> [{ WON BEST PICTURE }]
The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

2 Oscar Won
3 Oscar Nominations ” - manu_matias
Fred Zinnemann
Director, High Noon
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.
“ A Man for All Seasons (1966) => [{ WON BEST PICTURE }]
From Here to Eternity (1953) => [{ WON BEST PICTURE }]
Julia (1977)
The Nun's Story (1959)

4 Oscar won
8 Oscar Nominations ” - manu_matias
“ 7th Heaven (1927)
Bad Girl (1931)

2 Oscar Won
2 Oscar Nominations ” - manu_matias
David Lean
An important British filmmaker, David Lean was born in Croydon on March 25, 1908 and brought up in a strict Quaker family (ironically, as a child he wasn't allowed to go to the movies). During the 1920s, he briefly considered the possibility of becoming an accountant like his father before finding a job at Gaumont British Studios in 1927...
“ Lawrence of Arabia (1962) => [{ WON BEST PICTURE }]
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) => [{ WON BEST PICTURE }]
Great Expectations (1946)
A Passage to India (1984)

2 Oscar Won
11 Oscar Nominations ” - manu_matias
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...
“ 8.8 - Goodfellas [1990]
8.5 - Taxi Driver [1976]
8.5 - The Departed [2006] => [{ WON BEST PICTURE }]
8.4 - Raging Bull [1980]
8.2 - Casino [1995]
8.0 - Shutter Island [2010] ” - manu_matias
Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies, which he made with his friends...
“ 8.9 - The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King [2003]
8.8 - The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring [2001]
8.7 - The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers [2002] ” - manu_matias
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...
“ 8.8 - Seven Samurai [1954]
8.4 - Rashomon [1950]
8.4 - Yojimbo [1961]
8.3 - Ran [1985]
8.4 - Ikiru [1952]
8.3 - High And Low [1963]
8.2 - Throne Of Blood [1957] ” - manu_matias
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...
“ 8.3 - The Seventh Seal [1957]
8.3 - Wild Strawberries [1957]
8.2 - Persona [1966]

9 Oscar Nominations
Swedish Director ” - manu_matias
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...
“ 8.6 - Citizen Kane [1941]
8.3 - Touch Of Evil [1958] ” - manu_matias
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...
“ Ben-Hur (1959) => [{ WON BEST PICTURE }]
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) => [{ WON BEST PICTURE }]
Mrs. Miniver (1942) => [{ WON BEST PICTURE }]
Roman Holiday (1953)
The Heiress (1949)

4 Oscar Won
10 Oscar Nominations ” - manu_matias
Frank Lloyd
Frank Lloyd was an unpretentious, technically skilled director, who crafted several enduring Hollywood classics during the 1930's. He started out as a stage actor and singer in early 1900's London and was well-known as an imitator of Harry Lauder. After several years in music hall and with touring repertory companies...
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...
“ All About Eve (1950) => [{ WON BEST PICTURE }]
A Letter to Three Wives (1949)
The Barefoot Contessa (1954)
Sleuth (1972)

4 Oscar Won
10 Oscar Nominations ” - manu_matias
George Stevens
Director, Giant
George Stevens, a filmmaker known as a meticulous craftsman with a brilliant eye for composition and a sensitive touch with actors, is one of the great American filmmakers, ranking with John Ford, William Wyler and Howard Hawks as a creator of classic Hollywood cinema, bringing to the screen mytho-poetic worlds that were also mass entertainment...
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...
“ 9.0 - Pulp Fiction [1994]
8.4 - Reservoir Dogs [1992]
8.3 - Inglourious Basterds [2009]
8.2 - Sin City [2005]
8.2 - Kill Bill: Vol. 1 [2003] ” - manu_matias
Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator. He had a comfortable, middle-class upbringing in nearby Piedmont. At school Clint took interest in music and mechanics...
“ 8.3 - Unforgiven [1992] => [{ WON BEST PICTURE }]
8.1 - Million Dollar Baby [2004] => [{ WON BEST PICTURE }]
8.3 - Gran Torino [2008] ” - manu_matias
Mel Gibson
Actor, Braveheart
Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, New York, USA, as the sixth of eleven children of Hutton Gibson, a railroad brakeman, and Anne Patricia (Reilly) Gibson (who died in December of 1990). His mother was Irish, from County Longford, while his American-born father is of mostly Irish descent...
“ Braveheart (1995) => [{ WON BEST PICTURE }]
The Passion of the Christ (2004)

2 Oscar Won
2 Oscar Nominations ” - manu_matias
Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks was born Melvin Kaminsky on June 28, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. He served in WWII, and afterwards got a job playing the drums at nightclubs in the Catskills. Brooks eventually started a comedy act and also worked in radio and as Master Entertainer at Grossinger's Resort before going to television...
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...
“ 8.9 - The Dark Knight [2008]
8.8 - Inception [2010]
8.8 - The Dark Knight Rises [2012]
8.6 - Memento [2000]
8.4 - The Prestige [2006]
8.3 - Batman Begins [2005] ” - manu_matias
Elia Kazan
Known for his creative stage direction, Elia Kazan was born Elias Kazantzoglou on September 7, 1909 in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (now Istanbul, Turkey). 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...
“ On the Waterfront (1954) => [{ WON BEST PICTURE }]
Gentleman's Agreement (1947) => [{ WON BEST PICTURE }]
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

2 Oscar Won
7 Oscar Nominations ” - manu_matias
Ang Lee
Director, Life of Pi
Born in 1954 in Pingtung, Taiwan, Ang Lee has become one of today's greatest contemporary filmmakers. Ang graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in 1975 and then came to the U.S. to receive a B.F.A. Degree in Theatre/Theater Direction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Masters Degree in Film Production at New York University...
Lewis Milestone
Lewis Milestone, a clothing manufacturer's son, was born in Bessarabia (now Moldova), raised in Odessa (Ukraine) and educated in Belgium and Berlin (where he studied engineering). He was fluent in both German and Russian and an avid reader. Milestone had an affinity for the theatre from an early age...
Oliver Stone
Director, Platoon
Oliver Stone has become known as a master of controversial subjects and a legendary film maker. His films are filled with a variety of film angles and styles, he pushes his actors to give Oscar-worthy performances, and despite his failures, has always returned to success. William Oliver Stone was born in New York City...
“ Platoon (1986) => [{ WON BEST PICTURE }]
Salvador (1986)
JFK (1991)
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

3 Oscar Won
11 Oscar Nominations ” - manu_matias
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...
Brian De Palma
Director, Scarface
Brian De Palma is one of the well-known directors who spear-headed the new movement in Hollywood during the 1970s. He is known for his many films that go from violent pictures, to Hitchcock-like thrillers. Born on the 11th of September in 1940, De Palma was born in New Jersey in an American-Italian family...
“ 1. The Untouchables
2. Scarface ” - manu_matias
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...
“ 1. Magnolia
2. Boogie Nights ” - manu_matias
John Woo
Director, Face/Off
Born in southern China, John Woo grew up in Hong Kong, where he began his film career as an assistant director in 1969, working for Shaw Brothers Studios. He directed his first feature in 1973 and has been a prolific director ever since, working in a wide variety of genres before A Better Tomorrow established...
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...
“ 8.8 - Fight Club [1999]
8.7 - Se7en [1995] ” - manu_matias
Darren Aronofsky
Darren Aronofsky was born February 12, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up, Darren was always artistic: he loved classic movies and, as a teenager, he even spent time doing graffiti art. After high school, Darren went to Harvard University to study film (both live-action and animation). He won several film awards after completing his senior thesis film...
“ 8.4 - Requiem For A Dream [2000]
8.2 - Black Swan [2010]
8.1 - The Wrestler [2008] ” - manu_matias
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)...
“ 8.0 - Big Fish [2003]
8.0 - Edward Scissorhands [1990]
8.0 - Ed Wood [1994] ” - manu_matias
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...
“ 8.5 - The Pianist [2002]
8.4 - Chinatown [1974]
8.0 - Rosemary's Baby [1968] ” - manu_matias
Sergio Leone
Sergio Leone was virtually born into the cinema - he was the son of Roberto Roberti (A.K.A. Vincenzo Leone), one of Italy's cinema pioneers, and actress Bice Valerian. Leone entered films in his late teens, working as an assistant director to both Italian directors and U.S. directors working in Italy (usually making Biblical and Roman epics...
“ 9.0 - The Good, The Bad And The Ugly [1966]
8.7 - Once Upon A Time In The West [1968]
8.4 - Once Upon A Time In America [1984]
8.3 - For A Few Dollars More [1965]
8.0 - A Fistful Of Dollars [1964] ” - manu_matias
Ridley Scott
Producer, Blade Runner
Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937 in South Shields, Tyne and Wear (then County Durham). His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him throughout the United Kingdom and Europe before they eventually returned to Teesside. Scott wanted to...
“ 8.5 - Alien [1979]
8.4 - Gladiator [2000] => [{ WON BEST PICTURE }]
8.3 - Blade Runner [1982] ” - manu_matias
Frank Darabont
Three-time Oscar nominee Frank Darabont was born in a refugee camp in 1959 in Montbeliard, France, the son of Hungarian parents who had fled Budapest during the failed 1956 Hungarian revolution. Brought to America as an infant, he settled with his family in Los Angeles and attended Hollywood High School...
“ 9.2 - The Shawshank Redemption [1994]
8.4 - The Green Mile [1999] ” - manu_matias
David Lynch
Born in 1946 in Missoula, Montana, David Lynch was raised in small-town America. After high school, he went to Boston to attend the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Shortly after that, he planned a three-year trip to Europe to work on his art, but didn't take to it and left after 15 days. In 1977...
“ Mulholland Dr. (2001)
The Elephant Man (1980) ” - manu_matias
Hayao Miyazaki
Director, Spirited Away
Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's greatest animation directors. The entertaining plots, compelling characters, and breathtaking animation in his films have earned him international renown from critics as well as public recognition within Japan. The Walt Disney Company's commitment to introduce the films...
“ 8.6 - Spirited Away [2001]
8.4 - Princess Mononoke [1997]
8.2 - My Neighbor Totoro [1988]
8.1 - Howl's Moving Castle [2004]
8.1 - Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind [1984]
8.1 - Castle In The Sky [1986] ” - manu_matias
“ and Ethan Coen:

8.2 - Fargo [1996]
8.3 - The Big Lebowsky [1998]
8.2 - No Country For Old Men [2007] => [{ WON BEST PICTURE }] ” - manu_matias
Guy Ritchie
Director, Snatch
Guy Ritchie was born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK on September 10, 1968. After watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as a child, Guy realized that what he wanted to do was make films. He never attended film school, saying that the work of film school graduates was boring and unwatchable. At 15 years old, he dropped out of school and in 1995...
“ 8.3 - Snatch. [2000]
8.2 - Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels [1998] ” - manu_matias
“ From South Korea

Oldboy (2003)
Thirst (2009)
Lady Vengeance (2005) ” - manu_matias
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...
Mike Nichols
Director, Closer
He, along with the other members of the "Compass Players" including Elaine May, Paul Sills, Byrne Piven, Joyce Hiller Piven and Edward Asner helped start the famed "Second City Improv" company. They used the games taught to them by fellow cast mate, Paul Sills 's mother, Viola Spolin...
“ The Graduate (1967)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
Silkwood (1983)

1 Oscar Won
5 Oscar Nominations ” - manu_matias
“ My Fair Lady (1964) => [{ WON BEST PICTURE }]
The Philadelphia Story (1940)

1 Oscar Won
5 Oscar Nominations ” - manu_matias
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...
“ Gosford Park (2001)
MASH (1970)

7 Oscar Nominations ” - manu_matias
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 Great McGinty (1940)

1 Oscar Won
3 Oscar Nominations ” - manu_matias
“ A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
The Dirty Dozen (1967)

3 Oscar Nominations ” - manu_matias
Cecil B. DeMille
His parents Henry C. DeMille and Beatrice DeMille were playwrights. His father died when he was 12, and his mother supported the family by opening a school for girls and a theatrical company. Too young to enlist in the Spanish-American War, Cecil followed his brother William C. de Mille to the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts...
“ The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) => [{ WON BEST PICTURE }]
The Ten Commandments (1956)

1 Oscar Won
3 Oscar Nominations ” - manu_matias
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...
“ Director of 520 Films ” - manu_matias
Michael Curtiz
Director, Casablanca
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...
“ Casablanca (1942)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
Captain Blood (1935)

1 Oscar Won
5 Oscar Nominations ” - manu_matias
“ Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Little Big Man (1970)

5 Oscar Nominations ” - manu_matias
Robert Zemeckis
A whiz-kid with special effects, Robert is from the Spielberg camp of film-making (Steven Spielberg produced many of his films). Usually working with writing partner Bob Gale, Robert's earlier films show he has a talent for zany comedy (Romancing the Stone, 1941) and special effect vehicles (Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Back to the Future)...
“ Forrest Gump (1994) => [{ WON BEST PICTURE }]
Back to the Future (1985)
Cast Away (2000)

1 Oscar Won
2 Oscar Nominations ” - manu_matias
Vincente Minnelli
Director, Gigi
Born Lester Anthony Minnelli in Chicago on February 28 1903, his father Vincent was a musical conductor of the Minnelli Brothers' Tent Theater. Wanting to pursue an artistic career, Minelli worked in the costume department of the Chicago Theater, then on Broadway during the depression as a set designer and costumer...
“ Gigi (1958) => [{ WON BEST PICTURE }]
An American in Paris (1951) => [{ WON BEST PICTURE }]
Lust for Life (1956)

1 Oscar Won
2 Oscar Nominations ” - manu_matias
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...
“ Black Narcissus (1947)
One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942)

1 Oscar Nomination ” - manu_matias
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...
“ Heaven Can Wait (1943)
Ninotchka (1939)
To Be or Not to Be (1942)

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Douglas Sirk
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...
“ A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958)
All That Heaven Allows (1955) ” - manu_matias
Spike Lee
Director, Inside Man
Spike Lee was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Brooklyn, New York. Lee came from artistic, education-grounded background; his father was a jazz musician, and his mother, a schoolteacher. He attended school in Morehouse College in Atlanta and developed his film making skills at Clark Atlanta University...
“ 4 Little Girls (1997)
Do the Right Thing (1989)

2 Oscar Nominations ” - manu_matias
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 Tree of Life (2011)
The Thin Red Line (1998)

3 Oscar Nominations ” - manu_matias
George Lucas
George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Thomas Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional race-car driver...
“ Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Star Wars (1977)
American Graffiti (1973)

4 Oscar Nominations ” - manu_matias
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...
“ The Cardinal (1963)
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Laura (1944)

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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 (1971)
The Wild Bunch (1969)

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Sam Raimi
Writer, Spider-Man 3
Highly inventive U.S. film director/producer/writer/actor Sam Raimi first came to the attention of film fans with the savage, yet darkly humorous, low-budget horror film, The Evil Dead. From his childhood, Raimi was a fan of the cinema and, before he was ten-years-old, he was out making movies with an 8mm camera...
“ Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Xena, printesa razboinica (1995)
The Evil Dead (1981) ” - manu_matias
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...
“ From Austria ” - manu_matias
Federico Fellini
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)...
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...
Vittorio De Sica
Director, Bicycle Thieves
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...
“ From ITALY ” - manu_matias
“ From ITALY ” - manu_matias
Abbas Kiarostami
Director, Certified Copy
Abbas Kiarostami was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1940. He graduated from university with a degree in fine arts before starting work as a graphic designer. He then joined the Center for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, where he started a film section, and this started his career as a filmmaker at the age of 30...
“ From Iran ” - manu_matias
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...
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Robert Bresson
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...
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