Jiří Menzel

1938 - 2020

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Jiří Menzel (Czech: [ˈjɪr̝iː ˈmɛntsl̩] (listen)) (23 February 1938 – 5 September 2020) was a Czech film director, theatre director, actor, and screenwriter. His films often combine a humanistic view of the world with sarcasm and provocative cinematography. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jiří Menzel has received more than 159,003 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Jiří Menzel is the 158th most popular film director (down from 120th in 2019), the 103rd most popular biography from Czechia (down from 30th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Czech Film Director.

Jiri Menzel is most famous for his 1965 film Closely Watched Trains, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

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Among film directors, Jiří Menzel ranks 158 out of 1,580Before him are Aki Kaurismäki, Jacques Demy, Claude Lanzmann, Kathryn Bigelow, Victor Sjöström, and Alexander Dovzhenko. After him are István Szabó, Sergio Corbucci, Abel Gance, Nikita Mikhalkov, Robert Wise, and Guy Ritchie.

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Among people born in 1938, Jiří Menzel ranks 57Before him are Alpha Condé, César Luis Menotti, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, Tomas Lindahl, Jerry West, and Ben E. King. After him are István Szabó, Elliott Gould, Terence Stamp, Kurt Wüthrich, J. J. Cale, and Anthony James Leggett. Among people deceased in 2020, Jiří Menzel ranks 66Before him are Philip Warren Anderson, Kobe Bryant, Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz, Gene Deitch, Arthur Ashkin, and Ulay. After him are Buck Henry, Lee Kun-hee, Ida Haendel, Clive Cussler, Bill Withers, and Terry Jones.

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Among people born in Czechia, Jiří Menzel ranks 103 out of 839Before him are Ivan Lendl (1960), Boleslaus I, Duke of Bohemia (915), Wenceslaus I of Bohemia (1205), Martina Navratilova (1956), Vratislaus II of Bohemia (1035), and Mojmir I of Moravia (795). After him are Balthasar Neumann (1687), Josef Suk (1874), Zdeněk Miler (1921), Agnes of Bohemia (1211), Anton Reicha (1770), and Adalbert Stifter (1805).


Among film directors born in Czechia, Jiří Menzel ranks 3Before him are Miloš Forman (1932) and Jan Švankmajer (1934). After him are G. W. Pabst (1885), Věra Chytilová (1929), Karel Zeman (1910), Jiří Trnka (1912), Karel Reisz (1926), Václav Vorlíček (1930), Otakar Vávra (1911), Karl Freund (1890), and Ivan Passer (1933).