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Akira Kurosawa

Overview page. Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(1910–98)

Japanese film director best known in the West for his adaptations of Macbeth (The Throne of Blood, 1957), and King Lear (Ran, 1985). There is also an adaptation of Hamlet...

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Alain Resnais

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — Literature.

(1922– )

French film director, who became one of the New Wave of film-makers.

Born in Vannes, Resnais studied acting and attended the Institut des Hautes Études...

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Aleksei Tolstoy

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — Literature.

(1882/3–1945), Russian novelist.

He wrote The Golden Key, or The Adventures of Burattino (1935), the Russian version of Pinocchio, far more famous in Russia than the original....

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Alfred Hitchcock

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(1899–1980)

Film director, born in Leytonstone in east London and educated by Jesuits; he began working in cinema as a designer in 1920, and directing in 1925. The Lodger (1927) ...

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Anna Akhmatova

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

1889–1966)

Soviet poet who was shunned by the Communist Party but whose work was acclaimed after her death. She is regarded as the greatest woman poet in Russian literature.

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Anna Freud

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(1895–1982)

Austrianpsychoanalyst and youngest daughter of the founder of psychoanalysisSigmund Freud. Close to her father, she recounted her dreams to him from a young age (many...

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Anne Frank

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(1929–1945)

German Jewish girl whose graphic account of two years spent hiding from the Nazis in occupied Amsterdam is a testament to the suffering of the Jews during World War II.

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Bernardo Bertolucci

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — Literature.

(1940– )

Italian film director.

Son of the poet and film critic Attilio Bertolucci, Bernardo was born in Parma. As a child he wrote poetry and his first volume of verse,...

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Betty Friedan

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(b. 4 Feb. 1921, d. 4 Feb 2006).

US feminist Born in Peoria, Illinois, her first book, The Feminine Mystique (1963), is seen as marking the beginning of the second wave of feminism...

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Boris Pasternak

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(1890–1960),

Russian poet and prose writer. His world‐wide fame is based on his novel Doctor Zhivago (1957), a work which he intended to be his testament, a witness to the...

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