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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...
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)...
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Vertigo (1958)
Psycho (1960)
North by Northwest (1959)
Dial M for Murder (1954)
Rear Window (1954)
Rope (1948)
Spellbound (1945)
The Birds (1963)
Frenzy (1972)
Strangers on a Train (1951)
To Catch a Thief (1955)
I Confess (1953)
The Wrong Man (1956)
The 39 Steps (1935)
Rebecca (1940)
Suspicion (1941)
Notorious (1946)
Young and Innocent (1937)
Family Plot (1976)
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Marnie (1964)
The Trouble with Harry (1955) ” - brekalo_rtf
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...
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...
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...
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The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
The Conversation (1974)
The Godfather: Part III (1990)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Jack (1996) ” - brekalo_rtf
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...
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...
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Le cercle rouge (1970)
Le samouraï (1967)
L'armée des ombres (1969)
Le deuxième souffle (1966)
Bob le flambeur (1956)
Le doulos (1962)
Un flic (1972) ” - brekalo_rtf
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...
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Unforgiven (1992)
High Plains Drifter (1973)
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Mystic River (2003)
Gran Torino (2008)
Changeling (2008)
Play Misty for Me (1971)
Pale Rider (1985)
Sudden Impact (1983)
Blood Work (2002)
Absolute Power (1997)
The Rookie (1990) ” - brekalo_rtf
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...
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Chinatown (1974)
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Le locataire (1976)
The Pianist (2002)
Nóz w wodzie (1962)
Repulsion (1965)
The Ghost Writer (2010)
Frantic (1988)
The Ninth Gate (1999) ” - brekalo_rtf
Brian De Palma
Director, Scarface
Brian De Palma is the son of a surgeon. He studied physics but at the same time felt his dedication for the movies and made some short films. After seven independent productions he had his first success with Sisters and his voyeuristic style. Restlessly he worked on big projects with the script writers Paul Schrader...
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Scarface (1983)
Carlito's Way (1993)
The Untouchables (1987)
Body Double (1984)
Blow Out (1981)
Dressed to Kill (1980)
Carrie (1976)
Snake Eyes (1998) ” - brekalo_rtf
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...
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...
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The Big Sleep (1946)
Red River (1948)
Rio Bravo (1959)
Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
To Have and Have Not (1944)
His Girl Friday (1940)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
El Dorado (1966)
Rio Lobo (1970) ” - brekalo_rtf
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Werckmeister harmóniák (2000)
Sátántangó (1994)
Kárhozat (1988)
A londoni férfi (2007)
A torinói ló (2011) ” - brekalo_rtf
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...
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The Shining (1980)
Paths of Glory (1957)
The Killing (1956)
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Lolita (1962)
Spartacus (1960)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
Killer's Kiss (1955) ” - brekalo_rtf
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...
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...
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...
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Les diaboliques (1955)
Le corbeau (1943)
Le salaire de la peur (1953)
Quai des Orfèvres (1947) ” - brekalo_rtf
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...
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Casablanca (1942)
Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
We're No Angels (1955)
Passage to Marseille (1944)
Black Legion (1937) - uncredited ” - brekalo_rtf
John Frankenheimer
Director, Ronin
Born in New York and raised in Queens, John Frankenheimer wanted to become a professional tennis player. He loved movies and his favorite actor was Robert Mitchum. He decided he wanted to be an actor but then he applied for and was accepted in the Motion Picture Squadron of the Air Force where he realized his natural talent to handle a camera...
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Ronin (1998)
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
The Train (1964)
Seven Days in May (1964) ” - brekalo_rtf
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...
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Ladri di biciclette (1948)
Umberto D. (1952)
Sciuscià (1946)
La ciociara (1960) ” - brekalo_rtf
Sidney Lumet
Director, 12 Angry Men
Sidney Lumet was a master of cinema, best known for his technical knowledge and his skill at getting first-rate performances from his actors -- and for shooting most of his films in his beloved New York. He made over 40 movies, often complex and emotional, but seldom overly sentimental. Although his politics were somewhat left-leaning and he often treated socially relevant themes in his films...
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12 Angry Men (1957)
Serpico (1973)
Network (1976)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975) ” - brekalo_rtf
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...
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Heat (1995)
Thief (1981)
The Insider (1999)
Manhunter (1986)
Collateral (2004) ” - brekalo_rtf
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No Country for Old Men (2007)
Miller's Crossing (1990)
Fargo (1996)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Blood Simple. (1984)
Barton Fink (1991) ” - brekalo_rtf
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...
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Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Jackie Brown (1997)
The Hateful Eight (2015)
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Django Unchained (2012)
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
Death Proof (2007) ” - brekalo_rtf
Fritz Lang
Director, M
He studied at the College of Technical Sciences of Vienna's Academy of Graphic Arts but unhappy with the career path chosen for him by his parents, he ran away to study art in Munich and Paris. He then spent many years travelling the world including Asia. In 1913, he returned to Paris to paint. When World War I began...
Rob Reiner
Robert Reiner was born in New York City, to Estelle Reiner (née Lebost) and Emmy-Winning actor, comedian, writer, and producer Carl Reiner. Robert as a child often looked up to his father as his inspiration and role-model. Carl Reiner was on The Dick Van Dyke Show which Carl Reiner created and also starred in...
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...
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Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Brief Encounter (1945) ” - brekalo_rtf
William Friedkin
Director, The Exorcist
Friedkin's mother was an operating room nurse. His father was a merchant seaman, semi-pro softball player and ultimately sold clothes in a men's discount chain. Ultimately, his father never earned more than $50/week in his whole life and died indigent. Eventually young Will became infatuated with Orson Welles after seeing Citizen Kane...
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The French Connection (1971)
To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
The Exorcist (1973)
Cruising (1980) ” - brekalo_rtf
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...
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White Heat (1949)
The Roaring Twenties (1939)
The Enforcer (1951) - uncredited
High Sierra (1941)
They Drive by Night (1940) ” - brekalo_rtf
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...
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Stalker (1979)
Solyaris (1972)
Nostalghia (1983)
Zerkalo (1975)
Ivanovo detstvo (1962)
Katok i skripka (1960) ” - brekalo_rtf
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...
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City Lights (1931)
Modern Times (1936)
The Kid (1921)
The Circus (1928)
The Great Dictator (1940)
The Gold Rush (1925) - watched partially ” - brekalo_rtf
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...
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Blade Runner (1982)
Gladiator (2000)
Alien (1979)
Thelma & Louise (1991)
American Gangster (2007)
Black Hawk Down (2001)
The Martian (2015)
Black Rain (1989) ” - brekalo_rtf
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...
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Badlands (1973)
The Tree of Life (2011)
The Thin Red Line (1998)
Days of Heaven (1978) ” - brekalo_rtf
Anthony Mann
Director, El Cid
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The Man from Laramie (1955)
The Naked Spur (1953)
Bend of the River (1952)
Man of the West (1958)
Winchester '73 (1950)
Raw Deal (1948)
The Tin Star (1957)
The Far Country (1954)
Railroaded! (1947) ” - brekalo_rtf
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...
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Se7en (1995)
Fight Club (1999)
Gone Girl (2014)
Zodiac (2007)
The Game (1997)
The Social Network (2010) ” - brekalo_rtf
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...
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Laura (1944)
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)
Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)
Fallen Angel (1945) ” - brekalo_rtf
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Scent of a Woman (1992)
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Midnight Run (1988)
Meet Joe Black (1998) ” - brekalo_rtf
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...
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)...
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...
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Citizen Kane (1941)
Touch of Evil (1958)
The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
Mr. Arkadin (1955)
Journey Into Fear (1943) uncredited
Macbeth (1948) watched partialy, not kind of movie that interests me ” - brekalo_rtf
Nicolas Winding Refn
Nicolas Winding Refn is a Danish film director, screenwriter and producer. He moved to the United States in 1981 and is known for directing the crime dramas Bleeder (1999) and the Pusher films (1996, 2004, 2005), the fictionalised biographical film Bronson (2008), the dramatic adventure film Valhalla Rising (2009)...
Don Siegel
Director, Dirty Harry
Don Siegel was educated at Cambridge University, England. In Hollywood from the mid-'30s, he began his career as an editor and second unit director. In 1945 he directed two shorts (Hitler Lives and Star in the Night) which both won Academy Awards. His first feature as a director was 1946's The Verdict...
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...
Barry Levinson
Producer, Sleepers
Barry Levinson was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Violet (Krichinsky) and Irvin Levinson, who worked in furniture and appliance. He is of Russian Jewish descent. Levinson graduated from high school in 1960, attended college at American University in Washington, DC. He did well, but decided he wanted to go to Los Angeles...
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Rain Man (1988)
Sleepers (1996)
Wag the Dog (1997)  ” - brekalo_rtf
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...
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The Wrestler (2008)
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Black Swan (2010)
Pi (1998) ” - brekalo_rtf
Norman Jewison
Producer, The Hurricane
Norman Frederick Jewison was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Dorothy Irene (Weaver) and Percy Joseph Jewison, who managed a post office and a convenience store. His mother was an English immigrant, and his father was of English and Ulster-Scots descent. Jewison got his BA at Victoria College, University of Toronto...
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...
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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
Snatch (2000)
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
RocknRolla (2008) ” - brekalo_rtf
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Trainspotting (1996)
Slumdog Milionaire (2008)
127 Hours (2010)
The Beach (2000) ” - brekalo_rtf
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...
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Rashômon (1950)
Ikiru (1952)
Ran (1985)
Throne of Blood (1957) ” - brekalo_rtf
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...
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...
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In a Lonely Place (1950)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Knock on Any Door (1949)
They Live by Night (1948)
On Dangerous Ground (1948) ” - brekalo_rtf
Alejandro González Iñárritu
Producer, The Revenant
His six feature films - Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel (comprising the "Death Trilogy"), Biutiful, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), and The Revenant - have garnered critical acclaim and numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations and wins. In 2015, Iñárritu won the Academy Award for Best Director...
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Amores Perros (2000)
21 Grams (2003)
The Revenant (2015)
Birdman (2014) ” - brekalo_rtf
Krzysztof Kieslowski
Mr. Kieslowski started his career shooting documentaries and later became associated with the "cinema of moral anxiety" movement. It grouped several Polish directors, including Krzysztof Zanussi and Andrzej Wajda, and aimed at depicting the conditions of Poles under communism. His best known work was the Three Colors trilogy: Three Colors: Red...
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Three Colors: White (1994)
Three Colors: Red (1994)
La double vie de Véronique (1991)
Three Colors: Blue (1993) ” - brekalo_rtf
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...
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Det sjunde inseglet (1957)
Smultronstället (1957)
Persona (1966)
Hour of the Wolf (1968) ” - brekalo_rtf
Harold Ramis
Born on November 21, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, Harold Allen Ramis got his start in comedy as Playboy magazine's joke editor and reviewer. In 1969, he joined Chicago's Second City's Improvisational Theatre Troupe before moving to New York to help write and perform in "The National Lampoon Show" with other Second City graduates including John Belushi...
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Groundhog Day (1993)
Analyze This (1999)
Analyze That (2002)
Vacation (1983) ” - brekalo_rtf
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...
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The Green Mile (1999)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)  ” - brekalo_rtf
Budd Boetticher
Director, 7 Men from Now
Brilliant, distinguished American director, particularly of Westerns, whose simple, bleak style disguises a complex artistic temperament. The son of a wealthy hardware retailer, Boetticher attended Culver Military Academy and Ohio State University, where he excelled in football and boxing. Following his schooling Boetticher...
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Seven Men from Now (1956)
Ride Lonesome (1959)
Buchanan Rides Alone (1958)
Comanche Station (1960)
The Tall T (1957)
Westbound (1959)
Decision at Sundown (1957) ” - brekalo_rtf
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...
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The Terminator (1984)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Titanic (1997)
Aliens (1986) ” - brekalo_rtf
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....
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Brazil (1985)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
12 Monkeys (1995)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
The Meaning of Life (1983) ” - brekalo_rtf
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...
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Du rififi chez les hommes (1955)
The Naked City (1948)
Brute Force (1947)
Night and the City (1950) ” - brekalo_rtf
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...
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Amadeus (1984) ” - brekalo_rtf
Jacques Becker
Writer, Le Trou
His interest in films was stimulated by a meeting with King Vidor, who offered him employment in the US as actor and assistant director. However, he remained in France and became assistant to Jean Renoir, a friend of the family, during that director's peak period (1932-39). In 1934 he ventured briefly into independent production...
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Le Trou (1960)
Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954) ” - brekalo_rtf
Jacques Tourneur
Director, Out of the Past
Born in Paris in 1904, Tourneur went to Hollywood with his father, director Maurice Tourneur around 1913. He started out as a script clerk and editor for his father, then graduated to such jobs as directing shorts (often with the pseudonym Jack Turner), both in France and America. He was hired to run the second unit for David O. Selznick's A Tale of Two Cities...
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Out of the Past (1947)
The Flame and the Arrow (1950)
Cat People (1942)
I Walked with a Zombie (1943) ” - brekalo_rtf
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Die Hard (1988)
Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)
Basic (2003)
The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) ” - brekalo_rtf
George Roy Hill
Director, The Sting
George Roy Hill was never able to 'hit it off' with the critics despite the fact that 2 of his films - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and The Sting - had remained among the top 10 box office hits by 1976. His work was frequently derided as 'impersonal' or lacking in stylistic trademarks. Andrew Sarris famously referred to it as 'idiosyncratic...
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The Sting (1973)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) ” - brekalo_rtf
Robert Rodriguez
Producer, Grindhouse
Robert Anthony Rodriguez was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, USA, to Rebecca (Villegas), a nurse, and Cecilio G. Rodríguez, a salesman. His family is of Mexican descent. Of all the people to be amazed by the images of John Carpenter's 1981 sci-fi parable, Escape from New York, none were as captivated as the 12-year-old Rodriguez...
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Sin City (2005)
Desperado (1995)
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)
El Mariachi (1992)
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
Machete (2010) ” - brekalo_rtf
Denis Villeneuve
Director, Arrival
Denis Villeneuve is a French Canadian film director and writer. He was born in 1967, in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada. He started is career as a filmmaker at the National Film Board of Canada. He is best known for his feature films Arrival (2016), Sicario (2015), Prisoners (2013), Enemy (2013) and Incendies (2010). He is married to Tanya Lapointe.
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Incendies (2010)
Prisoners (2013)
Enemy (2013)
Sicario (2015) ” - brekalo_rtf
Ki-duk Kim
He studied fine arts in Paris in 1990-1992. In 1993 he won the award for Best Screenplay from the Educational Institute of Screenwriting with "A Painter and A Criminal Condemned to Death". After two more screenplay awards, he made his directorial debut with Crocodile. Then he went on to direct Wild Animals...
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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)
3-Iron (2004) ” - brekalo_rtf
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La Haine (1995)
Les rivières pourpres (2000) ” - brekalo_rtf
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Falling Down (1993)
A Time to Kill (1996)
Phone Booth (2002)
The Client (1994) ” - brekalo_rtf
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...
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Magnolia (1999)
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
There Will Be Blood (2007) ” - brekalo_rtf
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.
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Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)
The Last Laugh (1924)
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) ” - brekalo_rtf
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...
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The General (1926)
One Week (1920)
Sherlock Jr. (1924)
Neighbors (1920)
The Scarecrow (1920)
Cops (1922) ” - brekalo_rtf
John Carpenter
Writer, Halloween
John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father, a professor, was head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky University and then USC film school in Los Angeles...
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Halloween (1978)
The Thing (1982)
The Ward (2010) ” - brekalo_rtf
John Landis
John Landis began his career in the mail room of 20th Century-Fox. A high-school dropout, 18-year-old Landis made his way to Yugoslavia to work as a production assistant on Kelly's Heroes. Remaining in Europe, Landis found work as an actor, extra and stuntman in many of the Spanish/Italian "spaghetti" westerns...
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Coming to America (1988)
Trading Places (1983)
Into the Night (1985)
Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) ” - brekalo_rtf
James Mangold
Producer, Logan
James Mangold is an American film and television director, screenwriter and producer. Films he has directed include Girl, Interrupted, Walk the Line, which he also co-wrote, the 2007 remake 3:10 to Yuma, The Wolverine, and Logan. Mangold also wrote and directed Cop Land, starring Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, and Ray Liotta.
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3:10 to Yuma (2007)
Identity (2003)
Cop Land (1997) ” - brekalo_rtf
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The Italian Job (2003)
Friday (1995)
Law Abiding Citizen (2009) ” - brekalo_rtf
Adrian Lyne
Director, Unfaithful
Adrian Lyne (Director/Writer/Producer) is the creative force behind some of the most talked-about movies of our time, among them, "Fatal Attraction", "9 1/2 Weeks", "Flashdance", "Indecent Proposal", "Jacob's Ladder" and "Unfaithful". Born in Peterborough, England and raised in London, Lyne attended the Highgate school...
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Jacob's Ladder (1990)
Unfaithful (2002)
Fatal Attraction (1987) ” - brekalo_rtf
Sam Mendes
Director, American Beauty
Samuel Alexander Mendes was born on August 1, 1965 in Reading, England, UK to parents James Peter Mendes, a retired university lecturer, and Valerie Helene Mendes, an author who writes children's books. Their marriage didn't last long, James divorced Sam's mother in 1970 when Sam was just 5-years-old...
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American Beauty (1999)
Revolutionary Road (2008)
Road to Perdition (2002)
Skyfall (2012) ” - brekalo_rtf
Blake Edwards
Writer, The Party
Blake Edwards' stepfather's father J. Gordon Edwards was a silent screen director, and his stepfather Jack McEdward was a stage director and movie production manager. Blake acted in a number films, beginning with Ten Gentlemen from West Point and wrote a number of others, beginning with Panhandle and including six for director Richard Quine...
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...
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Frankenstein (1931
Bride of Frankenstein (1935) ” - brekalo_rtf
Tony Scott
Director, Top Gun
Tony Scott was a British-born film director and producer. He was the youngest of three brothers, one of whom is fellow film director Ridley Scott. He was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England to parents Jean and Colonel Francis Percy Scott. As a result of his father's career in the British military...
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Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
Man on Fire (2004)
Deja Vu (2006) ” - brekalo_rtf
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Shenandoah (1965)
Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973)
Chisum (1970)
McLintock! (1963) ” - brekalo_rtf
Sergio Corbucci
Writer, Django
Sergio Corbucci was born on December 6, 1927, in Rome, Italy. He entered grade school with thoughts of becoming a businessman, but after earning a college degree in economics he took an abrupt detour into the world of cinema. Corbucci began his career as a film critic, first for the Italian film journal...
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Vamos a matar, compañeros (1970)
Django (1966) ” - brekalo_rtf
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...
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Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (1958)
Atlantic City (1980) ” - brekalo_rtf