Anna Karina

France Born: Copenhagen, Denmark, 22 September 1940. A former model, Karina appeared in commercials and a short film in Denmark before moving to Paris in 1959. Her meeting with Jean-Luc Godard was decisive for both. Godard’s “Karina years” (during most of which they were married) i Continue reading the biography

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Louis Jouvet

France Born: Crozon, France, 24 December 1887. Died: Paris, France, 1951. Trained as a druggist, he began his working life as a pharmacy assistant but kept on trying for an acting career. Despite three rejections by the Paris Conservatoire, he persisted and, after joining a stage company as an admin Continue reading the biography

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Erland Josephson

Born: Stockholm, Sweden, 15 June 1923. Character lead of the Swedish stage and screen, notable for his portraits of egotistical males in the films of Ingmar Bergman. He became associated with Bergman while still in his teens and became his lifelong friend. He replaced the director in 1966 as head of Continue reading the biography

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Emil Jannings

Germany Born: Rorschach, Switzerland, 23 July 1884. Died: Strobl, Austria, 1950. A theatre actor since 1900, Jannings worked with the Max Reinhardt company in 1915-16. His first film role came in the war propaganda film Im Sch├╝tzengraben (1914). From 1916 his film parts were more substantial, and a Continue reading the biography

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Isabelle Huppert

France Born: Paris, France, 16 March 1955. Fragile, freckle-faced leading lady of French and international films. On screen from age 16, she developed in the late 70s into one of Europe’s foremost film personalities, a versatile interpreter of a wide range of roles, from delicate, innocent dem Continue reading the biography

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Brigitte Helm

Germany Born: Berlin, Germany, 17 March 1906. Died: 11 June 1996. Became a world-famous star after her film debut in Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1926). Appeared in many other German and some British and French films, but her acting range never matched her exceptional beauty, a fact that became mo Continue reading the biography

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Giancarlo Giannini

Italy Born: Spezia, Italy, 1 August 1942. Sad-eyed, tragicomic protagonist of Lina Wertmuller’s films. Trained at the Rome Academy of Drama, following studies in electronic engineering, he began his association with Miss Wertmuller while appearing in her play Two and Two Are No Longer Four in Continue reading the biography

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Vittorio Gassman

Italy Born: Genoa, Italy, 1 September 1922. The son of an Austrian father and Florentine mother, a basketball star at high school, he later abandoned law studies to enroll at Rome’s Accademia Nazionale di Arte Dramatica. He was a seasoned veteran of some 40 plays by the time he made his film d Continue reading the biography

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