As you might imagine, surnames beginning with ‘O’ throw up many foreign names. This letter may well be a struggle for some, (including me) so I will limit myself to just two choices today.
Yashojuro Ozu was a prolific Japanese film director, working from 1927, until his death in 1962. He is probably only well known to serious film fans, but one of his films rates as among the most highly-acclaimed ever. It has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and critic John Walker rated it at the top of his list of the 1000 best films ever made. The distinguished Roger Ebert added the film to his ‘Great Movies’ series, and is rated among the top films by The British Film Institute. If you have never seen ‘Tokyo Story’ (1953) then I respectfully suggest you try to do so.
My pick for ‘O’ is the distinguished actor of stage and screen, and British legend, Sir Lawrence Olivier. Best known as an actor of course, he also directed feature films, as well as appearing in them. These included the 1948 adaptation of ‘Hamlet’, ‘Richard III’ (1955), and ‘The Prince and The Showgirl’ (1957), where he starred alongside Marilyn Monroe. His most famous film is probably ‘Henry V’ (1944) the historical epic made during WW2. He played the lead, and directed the film.
Here’s a trailer for that. Stirring stuff!