Samuel Fuller

Samuel Fuller

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Crimson Kimono (1959)
  • Lowest Rated: 29% The End of Violence (1997)
  • Birthday: Aug 12, 1912
  • Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
  • Too often dismissed as little more than a genre filmmaker, Samuel Fuller was instead one of the earliest and most uncompromising forces in American independent cinema. Noted for his tabloid-influenced storytelling style, breathless camera work, and extreme close-ups, Fuller was a pugnacious, tough-as-nails man whose movies reflect a uniquely personal vision; obsessed with themes of falsehood and deception, his films illuminated the cultural divisions at the heart of American society, depicting a grim, immoral world far removed from the placid surface typically on display in more mainstream fare. Celebrated as a genius by his fans -- and denounced as a sensationalist by his detractors -- Fuller was a deeply patriotic man quick to criticize his country's flaws, as well as a raw, anarchic filmmaker capable of moments of inexpressible beauty; such contradictions fueled and ultimately defined both him and his body of work, which continues to exert tremendous influence over such prominent filmmakers as Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, and Jim Jarmusch. Samuel Michael Fuller was born August 12, 1911, in Worcester, MA, and raised in New York City; at the age of 13 he quit school to work as a copy boy for the New York Journal and within two years was working as the personal copy boy of the tabloid's crusading editor, Arthur Brisbane. When Brisbane quit after an explosive quarrel with his boss, the infamous William Randolph Hearst, Fuller exited as well, briefly joining the staff of the New York Evening Graphic before moving west to accept a position with the San Diego Sun, where he became one of the youngest crime reporters in the country. While honing a brash, no-nonsense style of journalism, his job led him back and forth across the United States, interviewing notorious murderers and the like; he finally quit the position to pursue his wanderlust full-time, spending much of the Depression era riding the rails throughout the American South. In 1935 Fuller finally settled down long enough to write a pulp novel, Burn Baby Burn; other titles like Test Tube Baby and Kiss and Make Up followed in the years to come, many of them published under pseudonyms.Lured to Los Angeles in 1936 by a former editor, Gene Fowler, Fuller began his film career by ghostwriting the script to the Boris Petroff picture Hats Off; a year later he collaborated on Harry Lachman's It Happened in Hollywood before earning his first screen credit for 1938's Gangs of New York. Several other projects followed, but Fuller did not receive another credit prior to 1941's war drama Confirm or Deny; the following year he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving as a corporal in the First Infantry Division, more commonly known as "the Big Red One" on account of their distinctive shoulder patches. He was also assigned to write a series of combat reports, and was twice wounded in battle, receiving a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and a Silver Star for his bravery. Fuller's wartime experiences proved to be a major turning point, shaping and influencing his art for the remainder of his life; upon his discharge he returned to Hollywood, where his novel The Dark Page -- published in 1944 -- had been purchased by Howard Hawks. A film adaptation was not produced until 1952, when it was released under the title Scandal Sheet and directed by Phil Karlson.Despite steady work as a script writer, Fuller became increasingly frustrated with his lack of success in Hollywood; hired as a staffer at Warner Bros., he looked on helplessly as not one of his screenplays ever reached the production stage. When Lippert Productions approached him to author a number of low-budget Westerns, Fuller offered to work for scale in order to write and direct his own material; Lippert executives agreed, and in 1949 he delivered I Shot Jesse James, introducing his distinctive, close-up intensive cinematic style. Neither the picture nor its 1950 follow-up, the Vincent Price vehicle The Baron of Arizona, earned Fuller muc


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90% A Fuller Life Actor 2014
No Score Yet Tatort - Nie wieder frei sein Screenwriter Director 2011
40% Carmel Actor 2009
No Score Yet Helsinki Napoli Actor 2007
No Score Yet The Big Red One: The Reconstruction Director Actor 2005
No Score Yet The Real Glory: Reconstructing 'The Big Red One' Actor 2005
29% The End of Violence Louis Bering 1997
No Score Yet Somebody to Love Sam Silverman 1996
No Score Yet The Typewriter, The Rifle and the Movie Camera Actor 1996
60% Imaginary Crimes Actor 1994
No Score Yet Girls in Prison Screenwriter 1994
No Score Yet Tigrero: A Film That Was Never Made Director Himself 1994
No Score Yet La Vie de Bohème (Bohemian Life) Gassot 1993
No Score Yet Golem: The Petrified Garden Sam 1993
No Score Yet Golem, l'esprit de l'exil (Golem: The Spirit of Exile) (Golem, the Ghost of Exile) Actor 1992
No Score Yet Street of No Return Screenwriter Director 1991
No Score Yet Hollywood Mavericks Actor 1990
No Score Yet Helsinki Napoli All Night Long (Helsinki-Naples All Night Long) Boss 1987
No Score Yet A Return to Salem's Lot Van Meer 1987
No Score Yet Let's Get Harry Screenwriter 1986
No Score Yet The Blood of Others Old Man in Small Cafe 1984
No Score Yet Les voleurs de la nuit (Thieves After Dark) Director Screenwriter Zoltan 1983
40% The State of Things Joe Cameraman 1982
92% White Dog Director Charlie Felton Screenwriter 1982
80% Hammett Old Man in Pool Hall 1982
No Score Yet Slapstick of Another Kind Col. Sharp 1982
90% The Big Red One Director Screenwriter 1980
39% 1941 Interceptor Commander 1979
91% Der Amerikanische Freund (The American Friend) The American 1977
No Score Yet Scott Joplin Theater Impresario 1977
33% The Klansman Screenwriter 1974
No Score Yet The Young Nurses Actor 1973
No Score Yet Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street Director 1973
50% The Last Movie Director 1971
No Score Yet Caine (Man Eater)(Shark) Director Screenwriter 1970
85% Pierrot le Fou (Pierrot Goes Wild) (Crazy Pete) Himself 1969
No Score Yet The Cape Town Affair Screenwriter 1967
No Score Yet The Meanest Men in the West Screenwriter Director 1966
93% The Naked Kiss Director Screenwriter Producer 1964
94% Shock Corridor Screenwriter Producer Director 1963
No Score Yet Merril's Marauders Director 1962
No Score Yet Underworld, U.S.A. Producer Screenwriter Director 1961
100% The Crimson Kimono Producer Screenwriter Director 1959
No Score Yet Verboten! Director Screenwriter Producer 1959
100% Forty Guns Screenwriter 1957
No Score Yet China Gate Director Producer Screenwriter 1957
No Score Yet Run of the Arrow Screenwriter Producer Director 1957
83% House of Bamboo Policeman Screenwriter Director 1955
No Score Yet The Command Screenwriter 1954
No Score Yet Hell and High Water Director Screenwriter 1954
91% Pickup on South Street Director Screenwriter 1953
100% Park Row Director Producer Screenwriter 1952
100% Fixed Bayonets! Director Screenwriter 1951
100% The Steel Helmet Producer Director Screenwriter 1951
86% The Baron of Arizona Screenwriter Director 1950
78% I Shot Jesse James Director Screenwriter 1949
89% Shockproof Screenwriter 1949
No Score Yet Power of the Press Screenwriter 1943
No Score Yet It Happened in Hollywood Screenwriter 1937
No Score Yet Hats Off Screenwriter 1936


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