Which director(s) do you share a birthday with? and would you like to say something about them?
Me: Feb 2nd, Groundhog Day.
-Vera Chytilova (well i’ve only seen her quite anarchic and playful Daisies that inventively cuts men down to size)
Otar Iosseliani. Now he’s an interesting quirky director, born 1934 in Tbilisi, Georgia, Light touch, compared to Tati, “joyful pessimism” or whimsical melancholy, carefree spirit, dislikes bureaucracy, not one to be bogged down by narrative conventions, likes wine, women without being burdened it would seem in the films- and music (important in films like Pastorale and There was a Singing Blackbird). Not so keen on work routine, regulations, authoritarianism. Some of hi films were banned in Georgia and he ended up moving to France in 1982. I especially like Fall of Leaves (set in a winery, 1966) and Monday Morning, 2001, where a guy takes off for a break in Venice from his family, not a guilt trip. Unpredictable style of filming, can mix colour and b+w, interesting framing, shot angles.. Pastorale was admired by Tarkovsky, who also fell foul of the authorities, but it was Iosseliani who criticised Tarkovsky’s serious self-aggrandising concentration on religion, comparing this to an aristocrat who keeps boasting of his social position
Well, I share my birthday with Gloria Swanson, I believe (March 27), but I don’t know offhand of any directors.
Aside from merely stumbling across it, how does one find such information?
Does IMDb have a birthday search function?
Erm, possibly, i have the feeling that’s so- anyway, i think if you look up 27 March on wikipedia or similar it’ll bring up various famous names. Or a decent book on directors maybe
ah ha, wikipedia brings up Tarantino for 27 March
(my wife, 6 May, has a good un, Orson Welles)
I share mine with Larry Clark (jan 1st), but I haven’t seen any of his films…
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
I know the last two aren’t directors, but they are two of the most important artists to ever live. Also, Stanley Kubrick died on March 7th, 1999… and I was born on March 6th, 1985.
Luc Besson, Steve Kloves and Seymore Butts
I share a birthday with a bunch of hacks. Figures.
Although, Wikipedia comes to the rescue:
Dziga Vertov of man with the movie camera
Todd Haynes, whose movies I have never seen..
that’s it for directors, from what I could find, but I didn’t look that hard.
but I also share a birthday with these people…
Monica Belucci, Marion Coitillard, Fran Drescher, Eric Stoltz, and Buddy Rich (that’s cool), there’s more, but none of note. James Dean died exactly 34 years before I was born. Somewhat of an auspicous day for mediocre talents (sans Marion, Buddy, and poor James).
Uwe fucking Boll, good God.
Fred Niblo had an understanding of Garbo’s sexual appeal, and greatly enhanced it in The Mysterious Lady and The Temptress. He also did well with other photogenic figures in Ben Hur, Blood and Sand, and The Mark of Zorro.
Anthony Minghella couldn’t hold my interest very long in The English Patient, Cold Mountain, and The Talented Mr. Ripley, but these films have a respectful following.
John Singleton came out swinging with Boys N the Hood and Poetic Justice, but lost it for me in Four Brothers.
My birthdate is a weird one, May 19. I was told once that people born on this day are often excellent and persuasive speakers, but we can easily misuse our powers for selfish reasons if we are not vigilant. So I share the day with a bunch of rebels, rabble rousers and radicals: Che Guevara, Ho Chi Minh, Malcolm X, Pete Townshend, Nora Ephron, and Andre the Giant.
…so Vilgot Sjöman & Penelope Spheeris. Neither of whom I really care for. More interestingly but not a director, I share the b-day with Lucy Liu….
i got Dario Argento (about whom i have absolutely no opinion) and Elia Kazan who i think is pretty cool, despite the whole naming names deal. But, filmmakers aside, i also share a b-day with Elizabeth I!
On my birthday—
Pier Paolo Pasolini
I haven’t seen any of their films, haha.
I share a birthday with CRAP MONSTER! (… and Vilgot and Penelope)
I knew there was a reason I liked him!
Gus Van Sant (that’s cool)
Doug Liman (meh)
and Wonder Woman (linda carter)
J. Lee Thompson – Yeah!
Sam Mendes – blugghh.
Great topic! Jean-Pierre Melville and Danny Boyle. Danny Boyle’s films I find entertaining, but it’s Melville that I feel the most in common with. Film Noir is my favorite genre, and I try to infuse some noir elements in my work, but the thing I feel the most I have in common with him is that his characters rarely talk, and that the silences are more expressive than any words.
I have no directors on my birthday (December 14). But I do have Ted Raimi, Dee Wallace-Stone, Patty Duke, the girl form High School Musical, Spike Jones (the musician, not the director), Morey Amsterdam, Aunt Bee from Andy Griffith, and Nostradamus.
Only 1 director – Shekhar Kapur (and I haven’t even seen any of his films yet!)
Grey Daisies, I have seen Shekhar’s work – his first film Masoom made in India is really good, I did not care much for his stint in Hollywood so far…
>>ah ha, wikipedia brings up Tarantino for 27 March<<
I suppose it could be worse … It might’ve been Michael bay or Zach Snyder …
Robert Rodriguez, Terence Young
Actors-John Goodman,Nicole Kidman-same year as well
Grey Daisies – how about Judd Apatow and Nick Park.
I share my birthday with Arthur Hiller (not Miller. unfortunate.) the director of LOVE STORY. Is that it for November 22?
No, Nov 22 also has Leos Carax and Terry Gilliam
anyone here fortunate enough to be born May 16?
filmy andy wrote: Grey Daisies, I have seen Shekhar’s work – his first film Masoom made in India is really good, I did not care much for his stint in Hollywood so far…
Thanks for the heads up! I will check out Masoom.
Robert Jahnke III wrote: Grey Daisies – how about Judd Apatow and Nick Park.
Oh right, Judd Apatow and Nick Park.
(I’m afraid, I never heard of them either.)
why? who is on May16 Kenji….