by Steve Karras.
This year marks the centennial of the late filmmaker Samuel Fuller, whose brutally honest and bold films won him the fierce admiration of filmmakers including Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch, Quentin Tarantino, and Martin Scorsese. Scorsese once wrote, “If you don’t like the movies of Samuel Fuller then you don’t like cinema.”
When Fuller died in 1997 at the age of 85, he left behind over 51 known scripts and 30 films including Pickup on South Street, The Steel Helmet, Park Row, I Shot Jesse James, Forty Guns, Shock Corridor, The Naked Kiss, White Dog, and The Big Red One, to name just a few.
But even more extraordinary was Samuel Fuller’s life, which began on August 12th, 1912 in Worcester, Massachusetts. He was one of seven children born to Jewish immigrant parents, Benjamin Rabinovitch and Rebecca Baum. When his father died unexpectedly, the family relocated to New York City.
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