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Name: Abel Ferrara  
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Date of Birth: 19th July 1951
Place of Birth: The Bronx, New York, USA
Profession: Director
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Abel Ferrara (born July 19, 1951 in The Bronx) is an American movie screenwriter and director. He started out as a director by making amateur films on Super 8. In 1979, he first achieved recognition for directing and starring in The Driller Killer, a violent exploitation film about an artist who suffers a mental breakdown. His 1981 followup, Ms. 45 was met with more positive reviews and helped to jump start his career. His theatrical releases through the rest of the decade included Fear City, China Girl, and Cat Chaser and were met with more mixed reviews while his career remained fairly stagnant despite the pictures larger budgets. The early 1990s are generally considered to be the golden period of his work. In 1990, King of New York was released to positive reaction from critics and viewers alike. He followed that up with Bad Lieutenant in 1992 to great critical praise and it is widely considered to be his finest work. Since then, he has released several films to very limited success.

Ferrara is noteworthy for setting the vast majority of his films in New York City. He has also frequently collaborated with Zoe Lund, who wrote and starred in several of his films, and Nicholas St. John, who has written many of his films and was a classmate of Ferrara's in highschool. His work is suggested to be heavily influenced by Robert Bresson. Ferrara's films often feature religion, specifically Catholicism, as a prominent theme.

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