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Jean Epstein

1897 - 1953

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Jean Epstein (French: [ɛp.ʃtajn]; 25 March 1897 – 2 April 1953) was a French filmmaker, film theorist, literary critic, and novelist. Although he is remembered today primarily for his adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher, he directed three dozen films and was an influential critic of literature and film from the early 1920s through the late 1940s. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean Epstein has received more than 146,571 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Jean Epstein is the 257th most popular film director (down from 248th in 2019), the 291st most popular biography from Poland (down from 281st in 2019) and the 9th most popular Polish Film Director.

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Among film directors, Jean Epstein ranks 257 out of 1,581Before him are Edwin S. Porter, Hideaki Anno, Robert Wiene, Joe D'Amato, Márta Mészáros, and Gillo Pontecorvo. After him are Leonid Gaidai, Tex Avery, Zack Snyder, Franklin J. Schaffner, Bigas Luna, and Jean-Jacques Beineix.

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Among people born in 1897, Jean Epstein ranks 70Before him are Winifred Wagner, Karl Löwith, Elijah Muhammad, Sidney Bechet, Benjamin Lee Whorf, and Judith Anderson. After him are Thornton Wilder, Philippe Soupault, Sepp Herberger, Hans Speidel, Mukhtar Auezov, and Ana Aslan. Among people deceased in 1953, Jean Epstein ranks 39Before him are Vera Mukhina, Tazio Nuvolari, Hank Williams, Moïse Kisling, Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine, and Hugo Schmeisser. After him are Nobutake Kondō, Nobuyuki Abe, Wilhelm Stuckart, Yasuhito, Prince Chichibu, Noe Zhordania, and Johan Laidoner.

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Among people born in Poland, Jean Epstein ranks 291 out of 1,454Before him are Jan Karski (1914), Sławomir Mrożek (1930), Ignacy Łukasiewicz (1822), Johannes Zukertort (1842), Mieczysław Weinberg (1919), and Ewald Georg von Kleist (1700). After him are Adam Czerniaków (1880), Kazimierz Kuratowski (1896), Martin Agricola (1486), Casimir II the Just (1138), Johanna Schopenhauer (1766), and Hans Jeschonnek (1899).


Among film directors born in Poland, Jean Epstein ranks 9Before him are Dziga Vertov (1896), Fred Zinnemann (1907), Jerzy Grotowski (1933), Jerzy Skolimowski (1938), Agnieszka Holland (1948), and Robert Wiene (1873). After him are Krzysztof Zanussi (1939), Walerian Borowczyk (1923), Jerzy Hoffman (1932), Jerzy Stuhr (1947), Paweł Pawlikowski (1957), and Max Fleischer (1883).