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    Molière, Master of Comic Satire   Molière, Master of Comic Satire
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, better known as Molière, was a French theatre writer, director, stage manager, actor, and all-around man of theatre, one of the masters of comic satire. The son of an interior decorator, Jean Baptiste Poquelin lost his moth...
 
    Georges Méliès, First "Cinemagician"   Georges Méliès, First "Cinemagician"
Georges Méliès was a French filmmaker famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest cinema. He was very innovative in the use of special effects. He accidentally discovered the stop trick, or substitution, in 1896, and...
 
    The Lumière Brothers, Pioneer Filmmakers   The Lumière Brothers, Pioneer Filmmakers
The Lumière brothers Auguste and Louis, were among the earliest filmmakers. (Appropriately, "lumière" translates as "light" in English.) Their father, Charles Antoine Lumière (1840-1911), ran a photographic firm and both brothers worked for him: Loui...
 
    Cecil B. DeMille, Film Director   Cecil B. DeMille, Film Director
Cecil Blount DeMille was an Academy Award-winning American film director. He was famous in the first half of the 20th century, known for the flamboyance and showmanship of his movies. DeMille directed dozens of silent films, including Paramount Pictu...
 
    Charlie Chaplin   Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin, who brought laughter to millions worldwide as the silent "Little Tramp" clown. From age 17 to 24 he was with Fred Karno's English vaudeville troupe, which brought him to New York in 1910, aged 21. In November of 1913 he signed a cont...
 
    Abel Gance, French Film Director   Abel Gance, French Film Director
Abel Gance was a French film director and producer, writer and actor. He is best known for three major silent films: J'accuse, La Roue, and the monumental Napoléon. He worked in the cinema from 1909, finally winning acclaim with Mater dolorosa (19...
 
    Fritz Lang, Maker of Metropolis - 1927   Fritz Lang, Maker of Metropolis - 1927
Friedrich Anton Christian Lang was an Austrian-German-American film director, screenwriter and occasional film producer, one of the best known émigrés from Germany's school of Expressionism. His most famous films are the groundbreaking Metropolis (th...
 
    John Ford, Film Director   John Ford, Film Director
John Ford was an Irish-American film director. He was famous for both his Westerns such as Stagecoach, The Searchers, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and adaptations of such classic 20th-century American novels as The Grapes of Wrath. His four...
 
    Buster Keaton, Actor and Filmmaker   Buster Keaton, Actor and Filmmaker
Joseph Frank Keaton Jr., always known as Buster Keaton, was a popular and influential American silent-film comic actor and filmmaker. His trademark was physical comedy with a stoic, deadpan expression on his face, earning him the nickname "The Great...
 
    Alfred Hitchcock, Director   Alfred Hitchcock, Director
The acknowledged master of the thriller genre he virtually invented, Alfred Hitchcock was also a brilliant technician who deftly blended sex, suspense and humor. He began his filmmaking career in 1919 illustrating title cards for silent films at Para...
 
    Walt Disney, Animation Film Innovator   Walt Disney, Animation Film Innovator
Walt Disney was an American business magnate, animator, producer, director, screenwriter, philanthropist, and voice actor. As a prominent figure within the American animation industry and throughout the world, he is regarded as a cultural icon, known...
 
    Leni Riefenstahl   Leni Riefenstahl
Leni Riefenstahl was born in Berlin in 1902. She studied painting and started her artistic career as a dancer. She became already so famous after her first dance hat Max Reinhardt engaged her for the »Deutsches Theater«. An injury of the knee put an...
 
    Orson Welles   Orson Welles
George Orson Welles was a uniquely talented artist, but one who was doomed to spend much of his life unable to realize his ambitions. It didn't start that way: Welles was a precocious and gifted child who began acting, writing, and directing for thea...
 
    Ingmar Bergman, Swedish Director   Ingmar Bergman, Swedish Director
Ernst Ingmar Bergman was a Swedish director, writer and producer for film, stage and television. His influential body of work dealt with bleakness and despair as well as comedy and hope. Described by Woody Allen as "probably the greatest film artist,...
 
    Federico Fellini, Film Director   Federico Fellini, Film Director
Federico Fellini was an Italian film director. Known for a distinct style that blends fantasy and baroque images, he is considered one of the most influential and widely revered filmmakers of the 20th century. Personal and highly idiosyncratic vision...
 
       
         



 
 
         
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