Russian Directors & origine's

by angeliki_spatki | created - 08 Sep 2016 | updated - 9 months ago | Public

Russian yesterday's and today's prominent directors

1. Sergei M. Eisenstein

Director | Oktyabr

The son of an affluent architect, Eisenstein attended the Institute of Civil Engineering in Petrograd as a young man. With the fall of the tsar in 1917, he worked as an engineer for the Red Army. In the following years, Eisenstein joined up with the Moscow Proletkult Theater as a set designer and ...

Bronenocets Potemkin (Potemkin Battleship) 1925, Stachka 1925

2. Ivan Pyrev

Director | Skazanie o zemle sibirskoy

Ivan Pyrev was born on November 4, 1901 in Kamen, Tomsk Governorate, Russian Empire as Ivan Aleksandrovich Pyriev. He was a director and writer, known for Symphony of Life (1948), They Met in Moscow (1941) and Six P.M. (1944). He was married to Lionella Pyryeva and Marina Ladynina. He died on ...

Bratya Karamazovy (Karamazov brothers) 1969, Idiot 1958

3. Kirill Lavrov

Actor | Bratya Karamazovy

Kirill Lavrov was a notable Russian actor, director and political figure who was also longtime Chairman of Theatrical Union of the USSR and the leader of Bolshoi Drama Theatre (BDT) in St. Petersburg (Leningrad), Russia.

He was born Kirill Yuryevich Lavrov on September 15, 1925, in Leningrad, USSR (...

Bratya Karamazovy (Karamazov brothers) 1969

4. Andrei Tarkovsky

Writer | Solyaris

The most famous Soviet film-maker since Sergei M. Eisenstein, Andrei Tarkovsky (the son of noted poet Arseniy Tarkovsky) studied music and Arabic in Moscow before enrolling in the Soviet film school V.G.I.K. He shot to international attention with his first feature, Ivan's Childhood (1962), which ...

Solaris 1972, Mirror 1975, The Sacrifice 1986 Ext. Review, Stalker 1979, Ext. Review - 1932-1986 (See best Tarkovsky's films) RU

5. Mikhail Kalatozov

Director | Letyat zhuravli

Mikhail Kalatozov was born on December 28, 1903 in Tiflis, Russian Empire as Mikhail Kalatozishvili. He was a director and cinematographer, known for The Cranes Are Flying (1957), True Friends (1954) and Zagovor obrechyonnykh (1950). He died on March 27, 1973 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR.

Soy Cuba 1964, Neotpravlennoe pismo (Letter Never Sent) 1960, The cranes are flying 1957 RU

6. Mikhail Romm

Director | Chelovek No. 217

Mikhail Romm was born in 1901, into a Russian-Jewish family, in the Siberian city of Irkutsk, Russia. He served in the Red Army in 1918-21 as an Inspector of the Special Forces for Food Supplies. He was in charge of confiscations of bread and food from the wealthier farmers (kulaks) in Central ...

7. Sergei Parajanov

Director | Tini zabutykh predkiv

One of the 20th century's greatest masters of cinema Sergei Parajanov was born in Georgia to Armenian parents and it was always unlikely that his work would conform to the strict socialist realism that Soviet authorities preferred. After studying film and music, Parajanov became an assistant ...

8. Mikhail Vartanov

Cinematographer | Parajanov: The Last Spring

Vartanov was blacklisted for his debut film, The Color of Land (1969), where he portrayed his dissident friends Paradjanov (imprisoned in 1974) and Minas (assassinated in 1975). When Vartanov's artistic freedom was restored 20 years later, he responded with Minas: A Requiem (1989) and Parajanov: ...

9. Yakov Protazanov

Director | L'angoissante aventure

Yakov Protazanov was born on February 4, 1881 in Moscow, Russian Empire as Yakov Aleksandrovich Protazanov. He was a director and writer, known for A Narrow Escape (1920), Adventures in Bokhara (1943) and Without Dowry (1937). He died on August 9, 1945 in Moscow, Russian SFSR, USSR.

10. Lev Kulidzhanov

Director | Kogda derevya byli bolshimi

Lev Kulidzhanov was born on March 19, 1924 in Tiflis, Georgian SSR, TSFSR, USSR as Lev Aleksandrovich Kulidzhanov. He was a director and writer, known for When the Trees Were Tall (1962), Otchiy dom (1959) and Crime and Punishment (1970). He died on February 18, 2002 in Moscow, Russia.

Crime and Punishment (Prestuplenie i nakazanie) 1970 (more on this movie)

11. Grigoriy Kozintsev

Director | Gamlet

Grigori Mikhailovich Kozintsev was born on March 22, 1905, in Kiev, Russian Empire (now Kiev, Ukraine). His father, named Mikhail Kozintsev, was a medical doctor. Young Kozintsev studied at the Kiev Gymnazium. There, in 1919, he organized experimental theatre "Arlekin" together with his fellow ...

Korol Lir (King Lear) 1971, Don Kikhot 1957

12. Sergey Gerasimov

Director | Lev Tolstoy

Sergei Gerasimov was born in the village of Kundravy in Urals area of the Russian Empire, in 1906. He studied at the Leningrad College of Arts and graduated from the Actors Department of the Leningrad Institute for Stage Arts in 1928. He started his film career in 1924 as an actor, continued as an ...

13. Stanislav Rostotskiy

Director | Belyy Bim Chernoe ukho

Stanislav Rostotsky was a renown Russian film director whose two films, The Dawns Here Are Quiet (1972) and White Bim Black Ear (1977) were nominated for Oscar and won other international awards.

He was born Stanislav Iosifovich Rostotsky on April 21, 1922, in Rybinsk, north of Moscow, Russia. His ...

14. Sergey Bondarchuk

Actor | Voyna i mir I: Andrey Bolkonskiy

Sergei Bondarchuk was one of the most important Russian filmmakers, best known for directing an Academy Award-winning film epic War and Peace (1966), based on the book by Leo Tolstoy, in which he also starred as Pierre Bezukhov.

He was born Sergei Fedorovich Bondarchuk on September, 25, 1920, in the ...

15. Larisa Shepitko

Director | Voskhozhdenie

Larisa Shepitko was born on January 6, 1938 in Artyomovsk, Ukrainian SSR, USSR as Larisa Yefimovna Shepitko. She was a director and writer, known for The Ascent (1977), Heat (1963) and You and Me (1971). She was married to Elem Klimov. She died on July 2, 1979.

Voskhozdenie (The Ascent) 1977

16. Karen Shakhnazarov

Director | Palata N°6

Karen Shakhnazarov was born on July 8, 1952 in Krasnodar, Krasnodarskiy kray, RSFSR, USSR as Karen Georgievich Shakhnazarov. He is a director and producer, known for Ward No. 6 (2009), Belyy tigr (2012) and Den polnoluniya (1998).

Tsareubiytsa (Assassin of the Tsar) 1991, The Rider named Death 2004 RU

17. Eldar Ryazanov

Director | Nebesa obetovannye

Eldar Aleksandrovich Ryazanov was born on November 18, 1927 in Samara, Russia. He graduated with honors from the Soviet State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1950, as a film director. He was making documentaries for five years. In 1955 Ryazanov came to work at the Mosfilm Studios under the ...

Beregis Avtomobilya (Automobiles Thief) 1966

18. Andrey Konchalovskiy

Writer | Belye nochi pochtalyona Alekseya Tryapitsyna

The Russian theatre and film director Andrei Konchalovsky is an elder brother of Nikita Mikhalkov, born August, 20, 1937. As a youngster he planned to pursue a career of a musician and learned to play piano but his love for cinema outweighed and he entered VGIK-the major state film school where he ...

19. Nikita Mikhalkov

Actor | Utomlennye solntsem

Nikita Mikhalkov is the son of the famous communist poet Sergey Mikhalkov, who wrote the lyrics of the Soviet national anthem and had strong connections to the Communist Party. Nikita Mikhalkov's mother, Natalya Petrovna Konchalovskaya, was also a poet and daughter of famous painter Pyotr Petrovich...

"Burn by the Sun" RU

21. Stanislav Rostotskiy

Director | Belyy Bim Chernoe ukho

Stanislav Rostotsky was a renown Russian film director whose two films, The Dawns Here Are Quiet (1972) and White Bim Black Ear (1977) were nominated for Oscar and won other international awards.

He was born Stanislav Iosifovich Rostotsky on April 21, 1922, in Rybinsk, north of Moscow, Russia. His ...

23. Grigoriy Chukhray

Director | Ballada o soldate

Studied at the Moscow Cinema Institute under Soviet film master Mikhail Romm. He found fame after his 1959 film "Ballad of a Soldier" which is considered one of the best Soviet war films and which has played all over the world.

Sorok Pervyy (The Fourty-first) 1956

24. Rolan Bykov

Actor | Chuchelo

Rolan Bykov was born on November 12, 1929 in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, USSR as Rolan Antonovich Bykov. He was an actor and director, known for Chuchelo (1984), Oh How It Hurts 66 (1967) and Andrei Rublev (1966). He was married to Elena Sanaeva. He died on October 6, 1998 in Moscow, Russia.

Chuchelo (Scarecrow) 1984, Telegramma 1972

25. Grigoriy Aleksandrov

Director | Vesna

Grigori Aleksandrov was a Soviet-Russian filmmaker best known as director of Volga - Volga (1938), The Circus (1936), and October (Ten Days that Shook the World) (1927), as well as co-star in Battleship Potemkin (1925) by director Sergei M. Eisenstein.

He was born Grigori Vasilyevich Mormonenko on ...

Vesna (Primavera) 1947

26. Aleksandr Dovzhenko

Writer | Zemlya

Aleksandr Dovzhenko was born on September 10, 1894 in Vyunishche, Sosnitsa Ueyzd, Chernigov Governorate, Russian Empire as Aleksandr Petrovich Dovzhenko. He was a writer and director, known for Earth (1930), Life in Bloom (1949) and Shors (1939). He was married to Yuliya Solntseva. He died on ...

Arsenal 1929

27. Vsevolod Pudovkin

Director | Admiral Nakhimov

Vsevolod Pudovkin was born on February 28, 1893 in Penza, Russian Empire as Vsevolod Illarionovich Pudovkin. He was a director and actor, known for Admiral Nakhimov (1947), Zhukovsky (1950) and Minin i Pozharskiy (1939). He was married to Anna Zemtsova. He died on June 30, 1953 in Jurmala, Latvian ...

28. Mark Donskoy

Director | Nepokoryonnye

Mark Donskoy was born on March 6, 1901 in Odessa, Kherson Governorate, Russian Empire as Mark Semyonovich Donskoy. He was a director and writer, known for The Taras Family (1945), Foma Gordeev (1959) and The Childhood of Maxim Gorky (1938). He died on March 21, 1981 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR.

29. Lev Kuleshov

Director | Po zakonu

Lev Kuleshov was a Russian director who used the editing technique known as the "Kuleshov effect." Although some of the editing innovations, such as crosscutting were used by other directors before him, Kuleshov was the first to use it in the Soviet Russia. he was driving a Ford sports car amidst ...

30. Boris Barnet

Director | Miss Mend

Boris Barnet was born on June 18, 1902 in Moscow, Russian Empire as Boris Vasilyevich Barnet. He was a director and actor, known for The Adventures of the Three Reporters (1926), Secret Agent (1947) and The Patriots (1933). He was married to Alla Kazanskaya, Yelena Kuzmina, Natalia Glan and ...

31. Aleksandr Zarkhi

Director | Deputat Baltiki

Aleksandr Zarkhi was born on February 18, 1908 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire as Aleksandr Grigoryevich Zarkhy. He was a director and writer, known for Baltic Deputy (1937), Twenty Six Days from the Life of Dostoyevsky (1981) and Red Army Days (1935). He died on January 27, 1997 in Moscow, ...

32. Yuriy Kara

Director | Zavtra byla voyna

Yuriy Kara was born on November 12, 1954 in Stalino, Ukrainian SSR, USSR as Yuri Viktorovich Kara. He is a director and writer, known for Zavtra byla voyna (1987), Ya kukla (2002) and Korolyov (2007).

33. Kirill Serebrennikov

Director | (M)uchenik

Kirill Serebrennikov was born on September 7, 1969 in Rostov-na-Donu, Rostovskaya oblast, RSFSR, USSR as Kirill Semenovich Serebrennikov. He is a director and writer, known for The Student (2016), Yuri's Day (2008) and Leto (2018).

34. Andrey Zvyagintsev

Director | Nelyubov

Andrei Zvyagintsev is a Russian filmmaker and was born on Feb.6, 1964 in the siberian city of Novisibirsk. He graduated from the Novosibirsk Actors School in 1984 and started to act on stage in provincial theatres. In the early 1990s he came to Moscow - the centre of the Russian film industry - ...

Loveless 2017, Elena 2011, Vozvrashchenie (The Return) Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival, 2003, Leviathan - (Novosibirsk) RU

35. Iosif Kheifits

Director | Deputat Baltiki

Iosif Kheifits was born on December 4, 1905 in Minsk, Russian Empire as Iosif Yefimovich Khejfits. He was a director and writer, known for Baltic Deputy (1937), The Lady with the Dog (1960) and The Rumyantsev Case (1956). He was married to Yanina Zheymo. He died on April 24, 1995 in St. Petersburg,...

Lady with the dog 1960 based on Anton Chekhovs short story

36. Dziga Vertov

Director | Chelovek s kino-apparatom

Born in Bialystok, Poland, studied music and enrolled in St. Petersburg Neurological Institute in 1916. Worked on first Soviet newsreel, Kinonedelia (1918-1919), then on subsequent newsreel series (inc. Kinopravda, 1922-1925).

Man with movie machine documentary 1929 - b.PO

37. Esfir Shub

Editor | K.S.E. - Komsomol Shef Elektrifikatsii

Esfir Shub was born into a family of landowners. She studied literature in Moscow, but after Revolution she began to attend the classes at the Institute for Women's Higher Education and then got a job as a 'theater officer' at the State Commissariat of Education. In the theatre she worked in ...

38. Stanislav Govorukhin

Director | Konets prekrasnoy epokhi

Stanislav Govorukhin was born on March 29, 1936 in Berezniki, Russian SFSR, USSR as Stanislav Sergeyevich Govorukhin. He was a director and writer, known for The End of a Beautiful Epoch (2015), The Rifleman of the Voroshilov Regiment (1999) and Weekend [Uik-end] (2013). He was married to Galina ...

Desyat Negrityat (Ten little niggers, from Agatha Cristie's novel) 1987



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