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Jiří Menzel

1938 - 2020

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Jiří Menzel (Czech: [ˈjɪr̝iː ˈmɛntsl̩] ) (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 212,933 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Jiří Menzel is the 125th most popular film director (up from 158th in 2019), the 82nd most popular biography from Czechia (up from 103rd in 2019) and the 2nd 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 125 out of 1,581Before him are John Carpenter, Peter Bogdanovich, Michael Mann, Michael Cimino, Roy Andersson, and Marcel Carné. After him are Peter Greenaway, Michael Curtiz, Aki Kaurismäki, John Woo, Mel Brooks, and Moustapha Akkad.

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Among people born in 1938, Jiří Menzel ranks 48Before him are Robert Nozick, Otto Rehhagel, Michael Rockefeller, Frederick Forsyth, David Irving, and Viktor Chernomyrdin. After him are Raymond Carver, Brian Dennehy, Ian Stewart, Lynn Margulis, Tomas Lindahl, and César Luis Menotti. Among people deceased in 2020, Jiří Menzel ranks 34Before him are Diana Rigg, Arthur Ashkin, Lee Teng-hui, Kenzō Takada, Qasem Soleimani, and Oliver E. Williamson. After him are Brian Dennehy, Lee Kun-hee, Mary Higgins Clark, Dmitry Yazov, Rob Rensenbrink, and Little Richard.

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Among people born in Czechia, Jiří Menzel ranks 82 out of 973Before him are Jaroslav Seifert (1901), Carl Ferdinand Cori (1896), Johann Stamitz (1717), Ludmila of Bohemia (860), Bohuslav Martinů (1890), and Johann Palisa (1848). After him are Julius Fučík (1903), Maria Christina of Austria (1858), Josef Hoffmann (1870), Eugen Böhm von Bawerk (1851), Ottokar I of Bohemia (1155), and Archduchess Anna of Austria (1528).


Among film directors born in Czechia, Jiří Menzel ranks 2Before him are Miloš Forman (1932). After him are Jan Švankmajer (1934), G. W. Pabst (1885), Věra Chytilová (1929), Karel Zeman (1910), Jiří Trnka (1912), Karel Reisz (1926), Václav Vorlíček (1930), František Čáp (1913), Otakar Vávra (1911), and Ivan Passer (1933).