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Gorton, Sir John Grey

(Encyclopedia) Gorton, Sir John Grey, 1911–2002, Australian political leader, b. Melbourne. A fighter pilot in World War II, he was elected to the senate as a Liberal in 1949. He held a number of cabinet po...

Wajda, Andrzej

(Encyclopedia) Wajda, Andrzej än´jā vī´dä [key], 1926–2016, Polish film director, leading member of the Polish Film School, which began in the 1950s. His films are typically studies of Poland's moder...

Wenders, Wim

(Encyclopedia) Wenders, Wim, 1945–, German filmmaker, b. Düsseldorf. During the late 1960s he attended film school and worked as a film critic in Munich. Wenders first attracted attention with The Goa...

Scorsese, Martin

(Encyclopedia) Scorsese, Martin skôrsā´zē, –sĕz´ē [key], 1942–, American film director; b. Queens, N.Y. A major figure in contemporary cinema, he grew up in Manhattan's Little Italy, attended film...

Bennett Miller

Movie director Bennett Miller's feature debut, Capote, was hailed by many critics as one of the best films of 2005. A one-time student of New York University's film school, Miller dire…

Rian Johnson

Rian Johnson is the writer and director of the Joseph Gordon-Levitt films Brick and Looper. A film school student from USC, Johnson's first feature, Brick, earned critical raves in 200…

Duncan Jones

Name at birth: Duncan Zowie Hayward JonesFilmmaker Duncan Jones studied philosophy and worked in advertising before making a name for himself as a novice film director at age 38, with …

John Carpenter Biography

John Carpenterdirector, producerBorn: 1/16/1948Birthplace: Carthage, New York Director and producer best known for his work on horror and sci-fi action films, including Halloween (1978…

Tak Fujimoto Biography

Tak Fujimotocinematographer Award-winning Japanese-American director of photography who is considered one of the most talented camera operators in Hollywood. His rise to the to…

Drea de Matteo

Name at birth: Andrea Donna de MatteoOn the hit TV series The Sopranos, Drea de Matteo played Adriana, the loyal girlfriend/fianceé of mobster Christopher Moltisanti (actor Michael Imp…