Nikolai Ekk was born on June 14, 1902 in Riga, Russian Empire [now Latvia] as Nikolai Vladimirovich Ivakin. He was a director and writer, known for Road to Life (1931), Nightingale (1936) and Kak nado i ne nado (1929). He died on July 14, 1976 in Moscow, Soviet Union [now Russia]. See full bio »
Soviet director, who learned his craft under Eisenstein and Pudovkin. Never prolific, he is nonetheless remembered for directing the first Russian sound film (The Road to Life) and the first colour film (Nightingale).