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1. Sergei M. Eisenstein Sergei M. Eisenstein Director, Battleship Potemkin 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 then director...
2. Anatoliy Solonitsyn Anatoliy Solonitsyn Actor, Stalker The famous russian actor was actually discovered by Andrei Tarkovsky. He was looking for Andrei Rublov for his second full-lengh fiim and acccidentaly found absolutely unkown by the public Solonitsyn in Chelyabinsk. He worked there as unprofessional actor. After the Rublov role he played main parts in tens of russian best movies.
3. Joseph Stalin Joseph Stalin Self, Universal Newsreel Joseph Stalin (a code name meaning "Man of Steel") was born Iosif (Joseph) Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili in 1879 in Gori, Georgia, the Transcaucasian part of the Russian Empire. His father was a cobbler named Vissarion Dzhugashvili, a drunkard who beat him badly and frequently and left the family when Joseph was young...
4. Sergey Bondarchuk Sergey Bondarchuk Actor, War and Peace Sergei Bondarchuk was one of the most important Russian filmmakers, best known for directing an Academy Award-winning film epic War and Peace, 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 village of Belozerka...
5. Elem Klimov Elem Klimov Director, Come and See
6. Dziga Vertov Dziga Vertov Director, Man with a Movie Camera 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).
7. Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy Actor, Stalker Alexandr Kajdanovsky, Russian actor, director and screenwriter, now best remembered for his work in Andrei Tarkovsky's films. Kajdanovsky left Junior High School to enroll in technical college where he was training to become a welder. Apparently a prospect of becoming a worker did not appeal to him and in 1965 he started studying acting at The Shchukhin Theatre School in Moscow...
8. Mikhail Kalatozov Mikhail Kalatozov Director, The Cranes Are Flying
9. Tatyana Samoylova Tatyana Samoylova Actress, The Cranes Are Flying Tatiana Samoilova (Tatyana Samojlova) is a Russian film actress known for the leading roles in The Cranes Are Flying and Anna Karenina. She was born Tatiana Evgenievna Samoilova on May 4, 1934, in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Russia. Her father, Evgeniy Samoylov, was a notable Russian actor, Her mother, Zinaida Ilyinichna...
10. Oleg Yankovskiy Oleg Yankovskiy Actor, Nostalgia Yankovsky was named best actor in a 1984 reader poll by Soviet Screen for his role in "In Love Because He Wants to Be." He was awarded the State Prize in 1987 for his role in "Flying Asleep and Awake." In 1989 he received the Vasiliev State Prize for his role in "The Kreutzer Sonata." Yakovsky was given the lifetime achievement award at the 1983 All-Union Film Festival...
11. Sergei Prokofiev Sergei Prokofiev Soundtrack, Avengers: Age of Ultron Prokofiev was a multi-talented man and an innovative composer. He learned piano from his mother and chess from his father. He always had a chess set on his piano, and was able to play against the chess champions of his time. He studied music with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, graduated with highest marks from the St...
12. Aleksandr Dovzhenko Aleksandr Dovzhenko Writer, Arsenal
13. Aleksey Petrenko Aleksey Petrenko Actor, Sibirskiy tsiryulnik
14. Konstantin Stanislavski Konstantin Stanislavski Miscellaneous Crew, Na dne Konstantin Stanislavski was a wealthy Russian businessman turned director who founded the Moscow Art Theatre, and originated the Stanislavski's System of acting which was spread over the world by his students, such as Michael Chekhov, Aleksei Dikij, Stella Adler, Viktor Tourjansky, and Richard Boleslawski among many others...
15. Dmitri Shostakovich Dmitri Shostakovich Soundtrack, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Dmitri Shostakovich, one of Russian culture's most acclaimed intellectuals who was censored under the dictatorship of Joseph Stalin, was an internationally recognized composer whose music was in over 100 films. He was born Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich on September 25, 1906, in St. Petersburg, Russia...
16. Vladimir Vysotskiy Vladimir Vysotskiy Actor, Warrior Vladimir Vysotsky was an iconic Russian actor, singer-songwriter and public figure, who wrote over 700 songs and gave over 2000 public and private performances as an anti-establishment singer of the 60s and 70s in the former Soviet Union. He was one of the Soviet Union's boldest and most celebrated...
17. Leonid Gayday Leonid Gayday Director, Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future Leonid Iovich Gaidai was born on January 30, 1923, in the town of Svobodny, Amur region of Siberia, USSR. He was the third child in the family of a railroad worker. His father, named Iov Isidorovich Gaidai, was exiled to Siberia from Poltava, Ukraine. His mother, named Maria Ivanovna Lubimova, came from the Russian city of Ryazan...
18. Eldar Ryazanov Eldar Ryazanov Director, Sluzhebnyy roman 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 direction of Ivan Pyrev...
19. Ivan Dykhovichnyy Ivan Dykhovichnyy Director, Prorva
20. Nikolai Gogol Nikolai Gogol Writer, Black Sunday Nikolai (Mykola) Gogol was a Ukrainian-born writer who wrote in Russian, because the Ukrainian language was banned in Russian Empire. His ancestors were bearing the name of Gogol-Janovsky and claimed belonging to the upper class Polish Szlachta. Gogol's father, a Ukrainian writer living on his old family estate...
21. Aram Khachaturyan Aram Khachaturyan Music Department, 2001: A Space Odyssey Aram Khachaturyan was born in 1903, in Tiflis, Russian Empire (now Tbilisi, Georgia). He was the fourth son in a modest Armenian family. His father was a book-binder and a craftsman; he noticed the son's musical talent and got him a used piano, but he did not have money for a music teacher. Khachaturyan was self-taught until the age of 19...
22. Lyudmila Gurchenko Lyudmila Gurchenko Actress, Vokzal dlya dvoikh Lyudmila Gurchenko was a popular actress in the Soviet Union during the 1950s - 1980s, she was best known for Carnival in Moscow, Five Evenings (1979) and Siberiade. She was born Lyudmila Markovna Gurchenko on 12 November 1935, in Kharkov, Ukrainian Soviet Republic of the USSR. She studied acting at the VGIK (Soviet State Institute for CInema)...
23. V.I. Lenin V.I. Lenin Writer, Padenie dinastii Romanovykh
24. Vyacheslav Tikhonov Vyacheslav Tikhonov Actor, Burnt by the Sun Vyacheslav Tikhonov was one of Russian cinema's best known faces, he survived hardship during the Second World War, and became renown for his portrayal of Russian aristocrats and intellectuals in several award-winning films, such as War and Peace and White Bim Black Ear. He was born Vyacheslav Vasilevich Tikhonov on February 8...
25. Grigori Aleksandrov Grigori Aleksandrov Director, October (Ten Days that Shook the World) Grigori Aleksandrov was a Soviet-Russian filmmaker best known as director of Volga - Volga, Tsirk, and October (Ten Days that Shook the World), as well as co-star in Battleship Potemkin by director Sergei M. Eisenstein. He was born Grigori Vasilyevich Mormonenko on January 23, 1903 in Ekaterinburg, Russia. His father, Vasili Mormonenko...
26. Yuriy Nikulin Yuriy Nikulin Actor, Brilliantovaya ruka Yuri Nikulin was a Russian film actor, comedian, mime, and circus clown who was also Artistic Director of Moscow Circus and popular TV show host. He was born Yuri Vladimirovich Nikulin on December 18, 1921, in the town of Demidov, Smolensk province, Central Russia. His father, Vladimir Andreevich Nikulin...
27. Mikhail A. Bulgakov Mikhail A. Bulgakov Writer, Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future Mikhail A. Bulgakov was a Russian writer and medical doctor known for big screen adaptations of his books, such as Beg and Master i Margarita. He was born Mikhail Afanasievich Bulgakov on May 15, 1891, in Kiev, Russia (now Kiev, Ukraine). He was the first of six children in the family of a theology professor...
28. Lev Kuleshov 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 hard situation in the post-Civil war USSR...
29. Igor Sakharov Igor Sakharov Actor, Bolshoe kosmicheskoe puteshestvie
30. Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy Actor, Hamlet Innokenti Smoktunovsky - the first international Russian film star, associated with two powerful award-winning films Hamlet (1964) and Tchaikovsky (1969). A brilliant stage and film actor considered by many people to be one of the greatest actors in the Russian history, Smoktunovsky was born on March 28...
31. Evgeniy Leonov Evgeniy Leonov Actor, Gentlemen of Fortune Evegeni Leonov was a Russian actor best known for leading roles in comedies, such as Kin-dza-dza! and Gentlemen of Fortune. He was born Evgeni Pavlovich Leonov on September 2, 1926, in Moscow, Russia, USSR (now Moscow, Russia). He was the second son in the family. His father, Pavel Vasilevich Leonov...
32. Boris Pasternak Boris Pasternak Writer, Doctor Zhivago Boris Pasternak was born in Moscow on February 10, 1890 into an artistic family of Russian-Jewish heritage. His father was an acclaimed artist named Leonid Pasternak, who converted to Christianity, and his mother was a renown concert pianist named Rosa Kaufman. Their home was open to family friends such as composers Sergei Rachmaninoff and Alexander Scriabin as well as writers Rilke and Leo Tolstoy...
33. Zhanna Prokhorenko Zhanna Prokhorenko Actress, Ballad of a Soldier Zhanna Prokhorenko was born on 11 May, 1940, in Poltava, Ukraine, Soviet Union (now Poltava, Ukraine). Her father, Trofim Prokhorenko, an Air Force officer, was killed in WWII, when she was a one-year-old baby. She was brought up by single mother and went to school in Leningrad. Young Zhanna Prokhorenko studied acting at the acting studio of Leningrad Palace of Pioneers...
34. Grigoriy Chukhray Grigoriy Chukhray Director, Ballad of a Soldier 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.
35. Vladimir Ivashov Vladimir Ivashov Actor, Ballad of a Soldier
36. Yuriy Yakovlev Yuriy Yakovlev Actor, Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future Yuri Yakovlev is a popular Russian actor best known for his roles in Soviet comedies 'Ironiya sydby', Ivan Vasilevich', and Kin-dza-dza!. He was born Yuri Vasilevich Yakovlev on April 25, 1928, in Moscow, Soviet Union. His father, Vasili Vasilevich Yakovlev, was a layer, and his mother, Olga Mikhailovna Ivanova...
37. Arkadiy Strugatskiy Arkadiy Strugatskiy Writer, Stalker
38. Georgi Rerberg Georgi Rerberg Cinematographer, Stalker
39. Aleksandr Medvedkin Aleksandr Medvedkin Director, Happiness
40. Rolan Bykov Rolan Bykov Actor, Andrei Rublev
41. Yakov Protazanov Yakov Protazanov Director, Aelita
42. Aleksey Zharkov Aleksey Zharkov Actor, Prisoner of the Mountains
43. Mayya Bulgakova Mayya Bulgakova Actress, Krylya
44. Andrey Panin Andrey Panin Actor, Svolochi Panin was rocketed to fame by the hit television detective show "Kamenskaya." In 2000, he had lead roles in both Valery Akhadov's "Don't Offend the Women" and Pavel Lugin's "Wedding," as well as Alexander Atanesyan's action thriller "24 Hours." He won the best actor prize at the Golden Ram film festival...
45. Aleksandr Abdulov Aleksandr Abdulov Actor, Ubit drakona Aleksandr Abdulov, one of Russian cinema's best known sex symbols and was one of the most celebrated Russian film stars. He was born Aleksandr Gavrilovich Abdulov on May 29, 1953, in Tobolsk, Siberian Russia, into the family of a theatre director from Fergana, Uzbekistan. His father, named Gavriil...
46. Aleksandr Ptushko Aleksandr Ptushko Director, The New Gulliver
47. Mikhail Romm Mikhail Romm Director, Triumph Over Violence 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 Russia...
48. Izolda Izvitskaya Izolda Izvitskaya Actress, The Forty-First
49. Mstislav Rostropovich Mstislav Rostropovich Soundtrack, The Accountant Mstislav Rostropovich was a Russian cellist, pianist, conductor, pedagogue and political figure whose international performances and public appearances symbolized the struggle of intellectuals against the rigid Soviet Communism. He was born Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich on March 27, 1927, in Baku...
50. Sergey Urusevskiy Sergey Urusevskiy Cinematographer, The Cranes Are Flying
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