Jonas Mekas

1922 - 2019

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Jonas Mekas (Lithuanian: [ˈjonɐs ˈmækɐs]; December 24, 1922 – January 23, 2019) was a Lithuanian-American filmmaker, poet, and artist who has been called "the godfather of American avant-garde cinema". Mekas' work has been exhibited in museums and at festivals worldwide. Mekas was active in New York City, where he co-founded Anthology Film Archives, The Film-Makers' Cooperative, and the journal Film Culture. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jonas Mekas has received more than 615,930 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Jonas Mekas is the 1,507th most popular writer (up from 1,822nd in 2019), the 41st most popular biography from Lithuania (up from 46th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Lithuanian Writer.

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  • 620k

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  • 58.42

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  • 30

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 6.13

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.85

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Jonas Mekas
Jonas Mekas's artist book is a virtual scrapbook of postcards, notes, drawings, and letters that friends and artists have sent him over the years. It acts as a printed and bound sequel to his filmed and written diaries.
Douglas Gordon
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À̀ Pétrarque, qui traversa les collines de Provence à pied

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Over the past year Jonas Mekas has had the most page views in the with 69,551 views, followed by German (13,122), and Spanish (11,982). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Swedish (194.29%), German (111.92%), and Egyptian Arabic (90.85%)


Among writers, Jonas Mekas ranks 1,507 out of 7,302Before him are Elsa Beskow, Guillaume de Lorris, Aksel Sandemose, Henry de Montherlant, Jacopo Sannazaro, and Olaus Petri. After him are George of Pisidia, Louise Labé, Vladimir Korolenko, Hjalmar Söderberg, Babrius, and Ion Luca Caragiale.

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Among people born in 1922, Jonas Mekas ranks 97Before him are Ralph H. Baer, Abdul Razak Hussein, Yvonne De Carlo, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Salvatore Giuliano, and Sven Nykvist. After him are Michael Cacoyannis, Alistair MacLean, Gianna Beretta Molla, José Froilán González, Shigeru Mizuki, and Carl Reiner. Among people deceased in 2019, Jonas Mekas ranks 88Before him are Šaban Šaulić, Roger Etchegaray, Alan García, Johnny Kitagawa, Yukiya Amano, and Tomi Ungerer. After him are Köbi Kuhn, Dina bint Abdul-Hamid, Valery Bykovsky, Valentina Cortese, Rafi Eitan, and Mirjana Marković.

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In Lithuania

Among people born in Lithuania, Jonas Mekas ranks 41 out of 328Before him are Skirgaila (1354), Aaron Klug (1926), Treniota (1210), Alexander Berkman (1870), Wanda Rutkiewicz (1943), and Wilfrid Voynich (1865). After him are Jacques Lipchitz (1891), Arvydas Sabonis (1964), Boris Skossyreff (1896), Augustinas Voldemaras (1883), Leo Jogiches (1867), and Janusz Radziwiłł (1612).

Among WRITERS In Lithuania

Among writers born in Lithuania, Jonas Mekas ranks 3Before him are Czesław Miłosz (1911), and Romain Gary (1914). After him are Simon Dach (1605), Hermann Sudermann (1857), Tomas Venclova (1937), Branislaw Tarashkyevich (1892), Vydūnas (1868), Francišak Bahuševič (1840), Irena Veisaitė (1928), Osip Senkovsky (1800), and Justinas Marcinkevičius (1930).