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Ophuls, Max


Born in Saarbrücken, then part of the German Empire, Maximillian Oppenheimer changed his surname to Ophuls when he embarked on a theatrical career, for...


Oshii, Mamoru


Mamoru Oshii (Oshii Mamoru; born August 8, 1951 in Tokyo) is a Japanese filmmaker, television director, and writer. Famous for his philosophy-oriented...


Ozon, François


Born in Paris, François Ozon studied direction at the Université de Paris, where he obtained his Masters degree, and then at the French national film school La Fémis under Eric Rohmer and Cahiers du Cinéma critic Jean Douchet....


Ozu, Yasujiro


Born in Tokyo’s Fukugawa, Yasujiro Ozu moved to his father’s hometown of Mie when he was ten, while his fertilizer salesman father remained working in...


Panahi, Jafar


Born in Mianeh in Iran, Jafar Panahi spent his formative years under the reign of the Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi before joining the army. After the 1979...


Pasolini, Pier Paolo


Pier Paolo Pasolini was in Bologna, Italy; his father was of noble lineage and his mother from a family of Friulian farmers. Pasolini studied Literature at the University of Bologna where he wrote poetry in Italian and the regional dialect, Friulian....


POLLAK, KAY


Born in 1938, Kay Pollak began his filmmaking career in 1976 with Elvis! Elvis! Prior to this he had worked predominantly in TV, where he made, amongst...


Pontecorvo, Gillo


Gillo Pontecorvo was born in Pisa on November 19, 1919, the son of a wealthy Jewish businessman whose eldest son – Gillo’s elder brother, Bruno – was...


Potter, Sally


Charlotte Sally Potter was born into a family of London artists—both her grandmothers had been actresses, her father was a designer and poet, and her mother a musician....


Powell, Michael


Michael Powell was born in Bekesbourne, Kent, in 1905, the son of a hop farmer, Thomas, and his wife Mabel. Powell enjoyed an upper-class education, starting...

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