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Samuel MIchael Fuller
Samuel Michael Fuller
spent most of his career as an independent film writer, producer, and director. He also appeared in several films as an actor.
News and Highlights from 1930
News and Highlights from 1930
D.W. Griffith
David Llewelyn Wouk "D.W." Griffith
became an actor because he was unable to make a living as a playwright. He became a motion picture director because another director became ill, and subsequently directed what is now considered the first "blockbuster movie," The Birth of a Nation.
News and Highlights from 1936
News and Highlights from 1936
Georges Melies
Marie Georges Jean Méliès
was a magician by trade who considered the cinema
a perfect vehicle to escape for an audience. To that end, he pioneered the use of many special effects, including stop action, double exposure, and split screen. He was also the first filmmaker to use production boards and storyboards.
Motion Picture News and Highlights from 1947
News and Highlights from 1947
The biggest box office and artistic success of the year was The Best Years of Our Lives, a story of postwar readjustments in the lives of a group of Indiana G.I.'s. Released on Christmas Day 1946, the movie won a record nine Academy Awards.
Sam Peckinpah
(David) Samuel Peckinpah
began his career as a scriptwriter for television westerns, including "Gunsmoke." His television work got him his first job as a film director, and he subsequently became known for writing and directing one of the most graphically violent Western films ever made (The Wild Bunch).
News and Highlights from 1954
News and Highlights from 1954
Edwin S. Porter
Edwin S. Porter
was one of the first directors to shoot at night, and the first to break from the typical "documentary-style" film. In 1903, he directed The Great Train Robbery, the first movie to tell a story, as well as probably the first in which actors actually followed a script.
News and Highlights from 1956
News and Highlights from 1956
Steven Allan Spielberg
Steven Allan Spielberg
has been an international superstar ever since the 1975 release of Jaws. Although he has had his fair share of less-than-successful films, his record of success is virtually unmatched. In addition to his film work, he has also been responsible for an interesting array of television work, including the animated series "Animaniacs," the science-fantasy series "Amazing Stories," and the World War II-based miniseries "Band of Brothers."
1957 News and Highlights
News and Highlights from 1957
Around the World in Eighty Days, produced by Michael Todd, won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Orson Welles
Orson Welles
first achieved nationwide recognition on Halloween night in 1938, with the airing of "The War of the Worlds" radio program. His first film to be seen by the public was Citizen Kane, which is now considered by the American Film Institute as the best film ever made, even though it was a box-office failure.
News and Highlights, 1958
News and Highlights from 1958
Domestic production in 1958 declined to an all-time low of 216 films, while at the same time major U.S. studios were distributing foreign-language pictures, often dubbing them into English. The Bridge on the River Kwai was the top-grossing film of 1958.
icon icon Motion Picture News and Highlights from 1959
News and Highlights from 1959
Auntie Mame was the top-grossing film of 1959. "AromaRama" made its debut in 1959 with the film Behind the GreatWall. Ben-Hur topped the list of the longest movies of the year, with a running time of 3 hours 39 minutes.
Motion Picture Highlights from 1960
News and Highlights from 1960
Ben Hur, Charlton Hesston, and Simone Signoret were among the winners at the Academy Awards ceremony on April 4. The Screen Actors Guild ended a month-long strike on April 8th. Top-grossing films of the year included Spartacus, Psycho, Exodus, and Swiss Family Robinson.
News and Highlights from 1967
The top grossing movie of 1967 was The Graduate, starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft.
News and Highlights from 1969
News and Highlights from 1969
Motion Picture News and Highlights from 1979
News and Highlights from 1979
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