Archive for December, 2009

Preston Sturges

Posted in 50 Directors Summary, Preston Sturges on December 11, 2009 by Kanpoj K.

Preston Sturges

He was born on 29 August 1898, Chicago, Illinois, USA . His family was wealthy. His mother own a stage production company. He served in the U.S army during World War I. After the war, he went home and invented a Kissproof lipstick in 1920. After his marriage, his mother called him back to help out her business. He was kicked out from his house. He started invented many products like a Tickertape machine, an intaglio photo-etching process, an automobile and even an airplane. However, his inventions were not commercially successful.

After the failure, he began writing. He wrote his first play, The Guinea Pig. However, it didn’t work due to the financial problem. In 1932, he moved to Hollywood to find work. He wanted to direct the script he wrote. The Paramount gave him a chance as a deal for selling his script for a cheap price. His first film

The Great McGinty (1940) was successful and gave him an opportunity to direct more films. He later became an independent filmmaker. However, due to his perfectionist and over budget works, he moved to France and make his last film Les carnets du Major Thompson (1955).

His interesting films

The Great McGinty (1940)

Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)

The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944)

The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947)

Sidney Lumet

Posted in 50 Directors Summary, Sidney Lumet on December 11, 2009 by Kanpoj K.

Sidney Lumet

He was born on 25 June 1924, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was a child actor. His parent were also actor and dancer. He directed many America memorable films Serpico (1973), Dog Day Afternoon (1975) and Network (1976).  He has received more than 50 Academy Award nominations. He was known for his ability to pull the best performance from actors.

His films often deal with social themes like the law, police and Jewish race. He often shot his films in New york and often drama. He is an expert with camera works. Each shorts and angles in his films have to relate to the storytelling and emotions. He has developed his own unique styles of camera, lighting and set design.

His interesting films

Serpico (1973)

Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

Network (1976)

The Verdict (1982)

Wim Wenders

Posted in 50 Directors Summary, Wim Wenders on December 11, 2009 by Kanpoj K.

Wim Wenders

He was born on 14 August 1945, Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He is a German film director. He went to a Film school and later became a film critic in Munich. He first grabbed the internationally attention with his film The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (1971). His first commercial successful film was Paris, Texas (1984). As well as his black & white and color film Wings of Desire (1987). His most famous film was Social Club (1999). It is a documentary about a group of elderly Cuban musicians. The main theme of his film often about alienation rootlessness and searching for identity story. He is also a still photographer and a painter.

His interesting films

Hammett (1982)

The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (1971)

Paris, Texas (1984)

Wings of Desire (1987)

Social Club (1999)

Peter Weir

Posted in 50 Directors Summary, Peter Weir on December 11, 2009 by Kanpoj K.

Peter Weir

He was born on 21 August 1944, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He is an Australian film director. He directed all of his early films in Australia. His early films help promote the Australian films to the world. Later he went to America to make films in Hollywood. He confined both American movies techniques with the European film style. Most of his films deal with cultures and ideals. For example his film Gallipoli (1981) was about an Australian kid fights idealistically in the World War I. Same with The Year of Living Dangerously (1983), which about a love and political story set in Indonesia. His most commercially successful was Truman Show (1998), about a man who realizes that all his life is just a reality show in a television.

His interesting films

Gallipoli (1981)

The Year of Living Dangerously (1983)

Truman Show (1998)

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

Ming-liang Tsai

Posted in 50 Directors Summary, Ming-liang Tsai on December 11, 2009 by Kanpoj K.

Ming-liang Tsai

He was born on 27 October 1957, Kuching, Malaysia.  He went to Taiwan and study at the Drama and Cinema Department of the Chinese Cultural University in 1982. He began his career as a theatrical producer and TV director. His first film was Xiao hai (1991). In 1994, he directed his second film Ai qing wan sui (1994). It won the Golden Lion for Best picture at the Venice Film Festival in 1994. All of his feature films have starred Taiwanese actor Lee Kang-sheng. His films The River (1997) won the Berlin International Film Festival, The Hole (1998) won the 1998 Cannes Film Festival and The Wayward Cloud (2005) won the Berlin International Film Festival.

His interesting films

Ai qing wan sui (1994)

The River (1997)

The Hole (1998)

The Wayward Cloud (2005)


Luchino Visconti

Posted in 50 Directors Summary, Luchino Visconti on December 11, 2009 by Kanpoj K.

Luchino Visconti

He was born on 2 November 1906, Milan. He was an Italian theatre and film director. His early career was an assistant director to Jean Renoir in 1935. His first film was Ossessione (1942). His films was influenced by the Neorealism. He later directed a documentary drama La terra trema (1948), Senso (1954), Rocco and His Brothers (1960), The Leopard (1963), The Damned (1969), and Death in Venice (1971). His film Leopard (1963) won the Golden Palm award at Cannes Film Festival 1971.

His interesting films

Rocco and His Brothers (1960)

Death in Venice (1971)

The Leopard (1963)

Gruppo di famiglia in un interno (1974)

Lars von Trier

Posted in 50 Directors Summary, Lars von Trier on December 11, 2009 by Kanpoj K.

Lars von Trier

He was born on 30 April 1956, Copenhagen, Denmark. He graduated from Danish Film School. He made his first feature Forbrydelsens element (1984). It grabbed an international attention with its unique style. It a combination of the German Expressionism and film noir style. He used the yellow-tinted monochrome cinematography technique to produce the visual. He was famous for the creepy violation in his films. His later films were Epidemic (1987), Twin Peaks (1990), Europa (1991). In 2000, he made a musical feature Dancer in the Dark (2000)  and won the Palme d’Or at Cannes.

His interesting films

Forbrydelsens element (1984)

Epidemic (1987)

Twin Peaks (1990)

Europa (1991)

Dancer in the Dark (2000)