Marco Ferreri Marco Ferreri (11 May 1928 – 9 May 1997) was an Italian film director, screenwriter and actor, who began his career in the 50s directing three films in Spain. §Biography He was born in Milan. His best known film is La Grande Bouffe, starring Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret and Ugo Tognazzi. He was an atheist. He died in Paris of a myocardial infarction. §Partial filmography §Director §Screenwriter §Actor §See also Spanish cinema §References §External links
Empire (1964 film) Empire was filmed on the night of July 25–26, 1964 from 8:06 p.m. to 2:42 a.m. from the 41st floor of the Time-Life Building, from the offices of the Rockefeller Foundation. The film was shot at 24 frames per second but is projected at 16 frame/s, so that, even though only about 6 hours and 36 minutes of film was made, the film when screened is about 8 hours and 5 minutes long. The film begins with a totally white screen and as the sun sets, the image of the Empire State Building emerges. The floodlights on its exterior come on, the building's lights flicker on and off for the next 6½ hours, then the floodlights go off again in the next to the last reel so that the remainder of the film takes place in nearly total darkness. The movie was filmed with Andy Warhol directing and filmmaker Jonas Mekas working as cinematographer.
Maya Deren Maya Deren (April 29, 1917 – October 13, 1961), born Eleanora Derenkowskaia (Russian: Элеоно́ра Деренко́вская), was one of the most important American experimental filmmakers and entrepreneurial promoters of the avant-garde in the 1940s and 1950s. Deren was also a choreographer, dancer, film theorist, poet, lecturer, writer and photographer. Perhaps one of the most influential experimental films in American cinema was her collaboration with Alexander Hammid on Meshes of the Afternoon (1943). She continued to make several more films of her own, including At Land (1944), A Study in Choreography for Camera (1945), and Ritual in Transfigured Time (1946) – writing, producing, directing, editing, and photographing them with help from only one other person, Hella Heyman, as camerawoman. She also appeared in a few of her films but never credited herself as an actress, downplaying her roles as anonymous figures rather than iconic deities. Early life College Early career
Jesús Franco Jesús "Jess" Franco (born Jesús Franco Manera; 12 May 1930 – 2 April 2013) was a Spanish film director, writer, composer, cinematographer and actor. Franco started out in 1954 as an assistant director in the Spanish film industry, performing many tasks including composing music for some of the films as well as co-writing a number of the screenplays. He assisted a number of well-known directors such as Joaquin Marchent, Leon Klimovsky and Juan Antonio Bardem. In 1961, Franco took his producer to a cinema to see the newly-released Hammer horror film The Brides of Dracula and the two decided to get into the horror film genre. After discovering the beautiful Soledad Miranda (he first used her in his Count Dracula), Franco moved from Spain to France in 1969 so that he could make more violent and erotic films, and it was at this point that his career began to go downhill commercially, as he turned to low-budget filmmaking with a move to more adult films. Biography Death
Rainer Werner Fassbinder Rainer Werner Fassbinder (pronounced [ˈʀaɪ̯nɐ ˈvɛʁnɐ ˈfasˌbɪndɐ]; 31 May 1945 – 10 June 1982) was a German film director, screenwriter, and actor. He is one of the most important figures in the New German Cinema. Underlying Fassbinder's work was a desire to provoke and disturb. His phenomenal creative energy, when working, coexisted with a wild, self-destructive libertinism that earned him a reputation as the enfant terrible of the New German Cinema, as well as being its central figure. Fassbinder died at the age of 37 from a lethal cocktail of cocaine and barbiturates. Early life Fassbinder was born in Bavaria in the small town of Bad Wörishofen, on May 31, 1945, three weeks after the Americans entered the town and the unconditional surrender of Germany. Fassbinder’s mother, Liselotte Pempeit (1922–93), came from Free City of Danzig (now Gdańsk), from which many ethnic Germans had fled following World War II. Beginnings Theater career Early films and acclaim
Jan Švankmajer Jan Švankmajer (Czech: [ˈjan ˈʃvaŋkmajɛr]; born 4 September 1934) is a Czech filmmaker and artist whose work spans several media. He is a self-labeled surrealist known for his surreal animations and features, which have greatly influenced other artists such as Terry Gilliam, the Brothers Quay, and many others. Life and career Jan Švankmajer was born in Prague. An early influence on his later artistic development was a puppet theatre he was given for Christmas as a child. Švankmajer has gained a reputation over several decades for his distinctive use of stop-motion technique, and his ability to make surreal, nightmarish, and yet somehow funny pictures. Stop-motion features in most of his work, though recently his feature films have included much more live action sequences than animation. His next project is called Insects (Hmyz). It has a projected budget of 40 million CZK and a preliminary release set to 2015. Filmography Feature-length films Short films
Cary Fukunaga Early life Fukunaga was born in Oakland, California, the son of a third generation Japanese-American father born in a Japanese internment camp during World War II, who worked for a generator company and later for the University of California, Berkeley; and a Swedish mother, who worked as a dental hygienist and later as a history teacher. His parents divorced and remarried, his father to an Argentine woman, and his mother to a Mexican-American. Fukunaga said that his uncles and aunts are all elementary school teachers or scientists. Fukunaga said that his family has always been a "conglomeration of individual, sort of displaced people," recombinations of relatives and step-relatives, blood kin and surrogate kin, parents and what he calls "pseudo-parents" who treated him like a son. His family moved around a lot within the San Francisco Bay Area; moving to Berkeley, Albany, Vallejo, Benicia, Sebastopol and back to Oakland. Career Short films
Berlin Alexanderplatz (television) It was a co-production between the German Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), Bavaria Film GmbH and the Italian network RAI. Production of the film at the Bavaria Film Studios took nearly a year. Director Fassbinder dreamed of making a 'parallel' film specifically for theatrical distribution after the completion of this series. The cast list he made for this fantasy included Gérard Depardieu as Franz Biberkopf and Isabelle Adjani as Mieze. 1: The Punishment Begins Berlin, 1928. 2: How is One to Live if One Doesn’t Want to Die? 3: A Hammer Blow to the Head Can Injure the Soul Lina is now troubled by the dubious nature of the job Franz is fulfilling. 4: A Handful of People in the Depths of Silence Franz goes on an alcohol binge as a former medical orderly, Baumann, looks over him in rooms in a building opposite the one occupied by the prisoners' charity on which he depends for his liberty in Berlin. 6: Love Has Its Price Franz explains to Reinhold that he wants Cilly to remain with him. 10.