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January 15
November 15, 1967
François Ozon born

Born in Paris in 1967, a year before the city was rocked by protests and revolution, François Ozon would continue that revolutionary spirit in a very different way. Interested in film from childhood, he was a voracious consumer of movies, a love that armed him well for getting his masters degree in cinema before moving on to FEMIS, France’s elite film school (where he came under the tutelage of Eric Rohmer). Immensely productive, Ozon made 14 short films, screened at festivals around the world, before two of his shorts––A Summer Dress and See the Sea––gained international attention. Ozon has gone on to be one of France’s talented and enigmatic auteurs. Shifting cinematic styles from film to film, he mix and matches elements of mystery (8 WomenSwimming Pool), musicals (8 WomenWater Drops on Burning Rocks), and melodrama (Criminal LoversUnder the Sand) and cinematic influences (Rohmer, Fassbinder, Buñuel, Hitchcock, Sirk). Like the figures of the French New Wave who were popular at the time of his birth, Ozon has re-fashioned the elements of classical cinema to fit his unique vision––fashionable, unexpected, and a little bit queer.

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Welcome to the Dollhouse January 15, 1996
Welcome to the Dollhouse released

On January 15, 1996, one of American independent cinema’s singular talents was reborn. Six years after his directorial debut, Fear Anxiety and Depression, Todd Solondz arrived at Park City Utah for the U.S. premiere of his sophomore film, Welcome to the Dollhouse.

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January 15, 1893
Ivor Novello born

Hitchcock’s Lodger star was also the king of British musical theater.

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