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Kathryn Bigelow is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer American born on 27 november 1951 at San Carlos (USA)

Kathryn Bigelow

Kathryn Bigelow
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Birth name Kathryn Ann Bigelow
Nationality USA
Birth 27 november 1951 (67 years) at San Carlos (USA)
Awards Academy Award for Best Director

Kathryn Ann Bigelow (born November 27, 1951) is an American film director, film producer, screenwriter and television director. Her films include Near Dark (1987), Point Break (1991), Strange Days (1995), The Weight of Water (2000), K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), The Hurt Locker (2008), and Zero Dark Thirty (2012). The Hurt Locker won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Picture, won the BAFTA Award for Best Film, and was nominated for the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Drama.

With The Hurt Locker, Bigelow became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director, the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing, the BAFTA Award for Best Direction, and the Critics' Choice Award for Best Director. She also became the first woman to win the Saturn Award for Best Director in 1995 for Strange Days.

In April 2010, Bigelow was named to the Time 100 list of most influential people of the year.

Biography

Formation et débuts dans le cinéma d'action (années 1990-2000)
Kathryn Bigelow étudie la théorie et la critique de cinéma à l'université Columbia où elle a notamment pour professeurs l'écrivaine Susan Sontag et le cinéaste Miloš Forman.

Après un court métrage avec la violence pour toile de fond (The Set-up), et un film coréalisé avec Monty Montgomery (The Loveless), Kathryn Bigelow met en scène, en 1987, Aux frontières de l'aube (Near Dark), un film de vampires. La même année, elle réalise la vidéo de Touched by the Hand of God de New Order. Elle tourne ensuite Blue Steel, un film où une jeune policière (Jamie Lee Curtis) est poursuivie par un tueur psychopathe.

En 1991, elle remporte son premier grand succès commercial avec Point Break avec dans les rôles principaux Patrick Swayze et Keanu Reeves.

En 1995, Strange Days, un film de science-fiction, reçoit de bonnes critiques mais ne rencontre pas de succès public.

En 2000, alors que le thriller à moyen budget Le Poids de l'eau est un flop commercial, la cinéaste se voit confier la responsabilité de réaliser une grosse production - le plus gros budget de sa carrière, 100 millions de dollars. Ce thriller à suspense, nommé K-19 : Le Piège des profondeurs (K-19: The Widowmaker), sort en 2002. Essentiellement un huis-clos se déroulant dans le premier sous-marin nucléaire russe, elle y dirige Harrison Ford, face à Liam Neeson. Le film essuie cependant un cuisant échec commercial, ne rapportant que 66 millions de dollars, et divisant la critique.

Si en 2003, la cinéaste est membre du jury lors de la Berlinale, elle se retire bien des plateaux de cinéma. Elle ne revient vers la mise en scène qu'en 2004, afin de mettre en boite le dixième et dernier épisode de l'éphémère série d'action Karen Sisco, avec Carla Gugino dans le rôle-titre.


Retour au premier plan et reconnaissance critique (années 2010)

Il faudra attendre 2009 pour qu'elle revienne sur grand écran : ce sera pour un film indépendant, le thriller de guerre Démineurs, avec un inconnu, Jeremy Renner, en tête d'affiche, dans le rôle d'un soldat spécialisé dans le déminage pendant la guerre d'Irak. Produit pour 15 millions, le film en rapporte 50 et reçoit des critiques dithyrambiques. En 2010, elle est la première femme à remporter le prix du meilleur film et du meilleur réalisateur pour Démineurs à la 63e cérémonie des BAFTA Awards. Quelques semaines plus tard, lors de la 82e cérémonie des Oscars, elle gagne également le trophée des catégories du meilleur film et du meilleur réalisateur. Le film obtient par ailleurs quatre autres récompenses. Ainsi devient-elle la première femme de l'histoire du cinéma à recevoir l'Oscar de la meilleure réalisation.

Le film donne surtout le ton du cinéma de Kathryn Bigelow : un univers masculin, et ayant pour thèmes de prédilection la violence, la terreur et l'humanité menacée.

Elle revient dès décembre 2012 avec un autre projet, au sujet éminemment politique et poursuivant son exploration de la guerre en Irak : Zero Dark Thirty est consacré à la traque de Ben Laden par une équipe gouvernementale dirigée par Maya, une analyste de la CIA incarnée par Jessica Chastain. Lors de sa sortie en salles, le film remporte à la fois un succès critique et public, rapportant 132 millions de dollars de recettes mondiales pour un budget de 40 millions. Le film reçoit 5 nominations à la 85e cérémonie des Oscars et 4 aux 70e Golden Globes. Chastain emporte celui de la meilleure actrice.

En 2017, elle revient avec un troisième long-métrage scénarisé par le journaliste Mark Boal, Detroit, drame historique sur les émeutes survenues dans la ville américaine de Détroit en 1967 et les événements survenu à l'Algiers Motel.


Vie privée
Le 17 août 1989, Kathryn Bigelow épouse le réalisateur James Cameron. Le couple divorce en 1991.

Best films

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
(Director)
Point Break (1991)
(Director)
The Hurt Locker (2008)
(Director)

Usually with

Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Kathryn Bigelow (16 films)

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Actress

A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies, 3h45
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about films, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentaire sur une personnalité
Actors Martin Scorsese, Kathryn Bigelow, Frank Capra, John Cassavetes, Francis Ford Coppola, Brian De Palma
Rating85% 4.29354.29354.29354.29354.2935
Martin Scorsese, célèbre réalisateur américain, énumère les films américains qui l'ont marqué et qui ont influencé son œuvre. Son voyage à travers le cinéma commence au début du siècle pour se terminer en 1969, date de son premier film : Who's That Knocking at My Door.
Born in Flames, 1h20
Directed by Lizzie Borden
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy-drama, Politic
Themes Feminist films, Films about anarchism, Politique, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Political films, Dystopian films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Kathryn Bigelow, Pat Murphy, Ron Vawter, Eric Bogosian, Hal Miller
Roles Newspaper Editor
Rating61% 3.099633.099633.099633.099633.09963
The plot concerns two feminist groups in New York City, each voicing their concerns to the public by pirate radio. One group, led by an outspoken white lesbian, Isabel (Adele Bertei), operates "Radio Ragazza". The other group, led by a soft-spoken African-American, Honey (Honey), operates "Phoenix Radio". The local community is stimulated into action after a world-traveling political activist, Adelaide Norris (Jean Satterfield), is arrested upon arriving at a New York City airport, and suspiciously dies while in police custody. Also, there is a Women's Army led by Hilary Hurst (Hilary Hurst) and advised by Zella (Flo Kennedy) that initially both Honey and Isabel refuse to join. This group, along with Norris and the radio stations, are under investigation by a callous FBI agent (Ron Vawter). Their progress is tracked by three editors(Becky Johnston, Pat Murphy, Kathryn Bigelow) for a socialist newspaper run by screenwriter Ed Bowes, who go so far they get fired.

Director

Detroit
Detroit (2017)
, 2h23
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Historical, Crime
Themes Films about racism
Actors John Boyega, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter, Anthony Mackie, John Krasinski, Jason Mitchell
Rating73% 3.698833.698833.698833.698833.69883
En juillet 1967, d'importantes émeutes ont lieu à Détroit dans le Michigan, pour protester contre la ségrégation raciale aux États-Unis et la guerre du Viêt Nam. La police de Détroit reçoit des plaintes à propos de pillages, d'incendies et de tirs d'armes à feu. Les forces de l’ordre encerclent l’Algiers Motel d’où semblent provenir des détonations, et où va se dérouler l'affaire du Motel Algiers. Dans ce chaos, Melvin Dismukes, un agent de sécurité privé afro-américain, tente de survivre tout en protégeant ses semblables.
Zero Dark Thirty, 2h37
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Thriller, Spy, Historical
Themes Films based on the September 11 attacks, Spy films, Seafaring films, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Aviation films, Dans un avion, Disaster films, United States Armed Forces in films, Films about hijackings
Actors Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Mark Strong, Chris Pratt, Jennifer Ehle
Rating73% 3.697613.697613.697613.697613.69761
In 2003, Maya, a young U.S. Central Intelligence Agency officer, has spent her entire brief career, since graduating from college and being recruited for the agency, focused solely on gathering intelligence related to Osama bin Laden, leader of al-Qaeda, following the terrorist organization's attack on the United States in 2001. She is reassigned to the U.S. embassy in Pakistan to work with a fellow officer, Dan. During the first months of her assignment, Maya often accompanies Dan to a black site for his continuing interrogation of Ammar al-Baluchi, a detainee with suspected links to several of the hijackers in the September 11 attacks. Dan subjects the detainee to approved interrogation techniques, i.e., stress positions, hooding, subjection to deafening noise, sleep deprivation, waterboarding, and humiliation. After failing to get al-Baluchi to give up information on an attack in Saudi Arabia, he and Maya eventually trick Ammar into divulging that an old acquaintance, who is using the alias Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, is working as a personal courier for bin Laden. Other detainees corroborate this, with some claiming Abu Ahmed delivers messages between bin Laden and a man known as Abu Faraj al-Libbi. In 2005, Abu Faraj is apprehended by the CIA and local police in Pakistan. Maya is allowed to interrogate him, but he continues to deny knowing a courier with such a name. Maya interprets this as an attempt by Faraj to conceal the importance of Abu Ahmed.
The Hurt Locker, 2h11
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Thriller, Action
Themes Political films, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Jeremy Lee Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Christian Camargo, Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes
Rating75% 3.7989053.7989053.7989053.7989053.798905
The Hurt Locker opens with a quotation from War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, a best-selling 2002 book by Chris Hedges, a New York Times war correspondent and journalist: "The rush of battle is a potent and often lethal addiction, for war is a drug."
Mission Zero, 8minutes
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Origin Italie
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Action
Actors Uma Thurman
Rating50% 2.5293952.5293952.5293952.5293952.529395
Alors qu'Uma se promène à bord de sa superbe Lamborghini Gallardo, un enfant lui tire dessus avec un pistolet à eau. Pourtant, farce anodine, ce n'est que le début d'un jeu dangereux ! Quelques minutes après, deux individus la poursuivent ...
K-19: The Widowmaker, 2h18
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Historical
Themes La fin du monde, Seafaring films, Politique, Transport films, Underwater action films, Submarine films, Political films, Arme nucléaire, Disaster films, Films about seafaring accidents or incidents
Actors Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Peter Sarsgaard, Joss Ackland, John Shrapnel, Donald Sumpter
Rating66% 3.348833.348833.348833.348833.34883
In 1961, the Soviet Union launches its first ballistic missile nuclear submarine, the K-19. The ship is led by Captain Alexei Vostrikov, aided by executive officer Mikhail Polenin. Polenin, the original captain, and the crew have served together for some time but Vostrikov's appointment is alleged to have been aided by his wife's political connections. During his first inspection, Vostrikov discovers the submarine's reactor officer to be drunk and asleep on duty. Vostrikov sacks the officer and orders Polenin to request a replacement. The new reactor officer, Vadim Radtchenko, arrives direct from nuclear school having just been fresh from the naval academy, annoying Polenin who thinks Vostrikov was too punitive on the former reactor officer who was competent despite his momentary lapse of judgment. Also, during the preparation period for the sub's launch, the ship's medical officer is killed when struck by an oncoming truck, and is subsequently replaced by the command's foremost medical officer, an army officer who has graciously offered himself in the submarine's time of need, but also privately admits to Vostrikov that as an army officer he has never been out to sea and suffers from motion sickness. During the K-19's official launch, the bottle of champagne fails to break when it strikes the bow; the sailors nervously glance at each other due to this customary sign of bad luck.
The Weight of Water, 1h53
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Katrin Cartlidge, Ciarán Hinds, Elizabeth Hurley, Josh Lucas, Catherine McCormack, Sean Penn
Rating58% 2.9497652.9497652.9497652.9497652.949765
A newspaper photographer, Jean Janes, travels to the Isles of Shoals off the New Hampshire coast with her husband Thomas, an award-winning poet; his brother Rich, and Rich's girlfriend Adaline. She is researching the murder of two immigrant women in 1873. In a twist of fate, Jean discovers archived papers that appear to give an account of the murders. According to the papers, a third woman, a Norwegian immigrant named Maren Hontvedt, survived the attack by Louis Wagner.
Strange Days, 2h25
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Films about films, Films about computing, Medical-themed films, Psychologie, Films about sexuality, Snuff films in fiction, Films about television, Rape in fiction, Films set in the future, Films about psychiatry, Political films, Cyberpunk films, Dystopian films
Actors Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, Vincent d’Onofrio, Michael Wincott
Rating71% 3.599023.599023.599023.599023.59902
In the last two days of 1999, Los Angeles has become a dangerous war zone. As a group of criminals rob a Chinese restaurant, the event is recorded by a robber wearing a 'SQUID', or "Superconducting Quantum Interference Device", an illegal electronic device which records events directly from the wearer's cerebral cortex, and when played back through a MiniDisc-like device called a "deck", allow a user to experience the recorder's memories and physical sensations. Lenny Nero is a former LAPD officer turned black marketeer who deals in bootleg SQUID recordings. His main supplier, Tick (Richard Edson), tries to sell the robbery clip to him. Lenny eventually agrees to buy it at a reduced price, having to cut out the last part where the rig records the robber's death by falling; clips that record the wearer's death are known as "blackjack" (snuff) clips, because the experience is described as "jacking into the big black" by Tick.
Point Break, 2h2
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Surfing films, Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Lori Petty, John C. McGinley, James LeGros
Rating71% 3.59893.59893.59893.59893.5989
Johnny Utah is a former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback and rookie FBI Agent. He is assigned to assist experienced agent and veteran, Angelo Pappas, in investigating a string of bank robberies by the "Ex-Presidents"; a gang of robbers that wear face-masks depicting former US presidents Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Jimmy Carter to disguise their true identities. They only raid the cash drawers in the banks that they rob—never going for the vault—and are out within 90 seconds. Pursuing Pappas' theory that the criminals are surfers, Utah goes undercover to infiltrate the surfing community. He concocts a story to persuade orphaned surfer Tyler Endicott to teach him to surf, she having saved him from drowning. Through her he meets Bodhi, the charismatic leader of a gang of surfers comprising Roach, Grommet, and Nathaniel. The group are initially wary of Utah, but accept him when Bodhi recognizes him as the former college football star. As he masters the art of surfing, Utah finds himself increasingly drawn to the surfers' adrenaline-charged lifestyle, Bodhi's philosophies, and Tyler. Following a clue retrieved by analyzing toxins found in the hair of one of the bank robbers, Utah and Pappas lead an FBI raid on another gang of surfers. Despite their criminal records, these surfers turn out to not be the Ex-Presidents and the raid inadvertently ruins a DEA undercover operation.
Blue Steel
Blue Steel (1990)
, 1h37
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Serial killer films
Actors Jamie Lee Curtis, Ron Silver, Clancy Brown, Elizabeth Peña, Louise Fletcher, Philip Bosco
Rating57% 2.851482.851482.851482.851482.85148
Megan Turner (Jamie Lee Curtis) is a rookie New York City policewoman who shoots and kills a suspect (Tom Sizemore) with her service revolver while he's holding up a neighborhood market. The suspect's handgun lands on the floor of the market in the shopping area as the suspect is blown backward through the front window.
Near Dark
Near Dark (1987)
, 1h35
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror, Western
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Vampires in film, Road movies, Chase films
Actors Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein, Bill Paxton, Joshua John Miller
Rating69% 3.4993753.4993753.4993753.4993753.499375
One night, Caleb Colton (Adrian Pasdar), a young man in a small town, meets an attractive young drifter named Mae (Jenny Wright). Just before sunrise, she bites him on the neck then runs off. The rising sun causes Caleb's flesh to begin to burn. Mae comes with a group of roaming vampires and takes him away. The most unsociable of all the vampires, the callous and sociopathic Severen (Bill Paxton), wants to kill Caleb, but Mae reveals she has turned him into a vampire. Their charismatic leader, Jesse Hooker (Lance Henriksen), reluctantly agrees to allow Caleb to remain with them for a week to see if he can learn to hunt and become a trusted member of their group. Caleb is unwilling to kill to feed, which alienates him from the others. To protect him, Mae kills for him and then has him drink from her wrist. After Caleb endangers himself to help them during a daylight police raid on their motel, Jesse and the others are temporarily mollified.
The Loveless, 1h25
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, Monty Montgomery
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Transport films, Road movies
Actors Willem Dafoe, J. Don Ferguson
Rating62% 3.1002653.1002653.1002653.1002653.100265
A motorcycle gang that causes trouble in a small southern town.
Last Days, 3minutes
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Origin USA

Scriptwriter

Blue Steel
Blue Steel (1990)
, 1h37
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Serial killer films
Actors Jamie Lee Curtis, Ron Silver, Clancy Brown, Elizabeth Peña, Louise Fletcher, Philip Bosco
Roles Writer
Rating57% 2.851482.851482.851482.851482.85148
Megan Turner (Jamie Lee Curtis) is a rookie New York City policewoman who shoots and kills a suspect (Tom Sizemore) with her service revolver while he's holding up a neighborhood market. The suspect's handgun lands on the floor of the market in the shopping area as the suspect is blown backward through the front window.