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1. Sergei M. Eisenstein Sergei M. Eisenstein Director, Battleship Potemkin The son of a 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. Elem Klimov Elem Klimov Director, Come and See
3. Mikhail Kalatozov Mikhail Kalatozov Director, The Cranes are Flying
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. 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...
6. Sergei Prokofiev Sergei Prokofiev Soundtrack, Children of Men Prokofiev was a multitalented 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...
7. 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).
8. Kim Philby Kim Philby Uncategorised
9. 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...
10. 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...
11. 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...
12. 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...
13. Grigory Rasputin Grigory Rasputin Uncategorised Gregory Rasputin was one of Russia's most controversial and mysterious figures who posed as a "holy man" and destroyed the political image and reputation of Russia's Emperor Tsar Nicholas II and his family through a series of political manipulations, disgusting scandals and treachery, provoking a huge wave of public anger and helping the communists to prepare the disastrous Russian revolution...
14. Anatoliy Solonitsyn Anatoliy Solonitsyn Actor, Andrei Rublev 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.
15. Aleksandr Dovzhenko Aleksandr Dovzhenko Director, Arsenal
16. Evgeniy Leonov Evgeniy Leonov Actor, Kin-dza-dza! 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...
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. Lev Kuleshov Lev Kuleshov Director, Po zakonu Lev Kuleshov was a Russian director who used the editing technique known as the "Kuleshov effect." Although editing innovations, such as crosscutting were used by directors in Hollywood before him, Kuleshov was the first to use it in the Soviet Russia. Openly pro-American and quietly anti-Soviet, he was driving a Ford sports car amidst Soviet poverty and Stalin's purges...
19. 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...
20. Andrey Panin Andrey Panin Actor, Bastards 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...
21. Oleg Yankovskiy Oleg Yankovskiy Actor, Nostalghia 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...
22. Vladimir Vysotskiy Vladimir Vysotskiy Actor, Interventsiya 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...
23. 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...
24. Nikita Khrushchev Nikita Khrushchev Self, Finlandia Survey No 334 Nikita Khruschev was born on April 17, 1894, into a family of peasants in the village of Kalinovka, Kursk region, Russian Empire. He was raised among agricultural and mining workers. He studied for only two years at grammar school as a child. After the Russian Revolution he joined the Red Army, then joined the Communist party in 1918 and made a career as a politician...
25. Yuriy Nikulin Yuriy Nikulin Actor, The Diamond Arm 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...
26. Aram Khachaturyan Aram Khachaturyan Soundtrack, 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...
27. Mikheil Gelovani Mikheil Gelovani Actor, The Fall of Berlin
28. 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.
29. V.I. Lenin V.I. Lenin Writer, The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty
30. Leonid Brezhnev Leonid Brezhnev Writer, Brezhnev Leonid Brezhnev was a communist leader of the Soviet Union who restored Stalinist-type dictatorship thus causing economic stagnation and disproportionate military growth that exhausted the Soviet economy and eventually led to collapse of the Soviet Union. Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev was born on December 19...
31. 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...
32. Lyudmila Gurchenko Lyudmila Gurchenko Actress, A Railway Station for Two 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)...
33. Dmitri Shostakovich Dmitri Shostakovich Soundtrack, Children of Men 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...
34. Maxim Gorky Maxim Gorky Writer, The Lower Depths Maksim Gorky is a pseudonym of Aleksei Maksimovich Peshkov, who was born into a poor Russian family in Nizhnii Novgorod on Volga river. Gorky lost his father at an early age, he was beaten by his stepfather and became an orphan at age 9, when his mother died. He was brought up by his grandmother, who helped his development as a storyteller...
35. 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 Belyy Bim Chernoe ukho. He was born Vyacheslav Vasilevich Tikhonov on February 8...
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. Nikolai Cherkasov Nikolai Cherkasov Actor, Alexander Nevsky Nikolai Konstantinovich Cherkasov was born on July 27, 1903, in St. Petersburg, Russia. His birth was complicated and he had to be pulled by the head with forceps that left permanent marks and visible impressions on his head. His father, Konstantin Aleksandrovich Cherkasov, was an official at the Imperial Department of Railroads of Russia...
38. Aleksandr Ptushko Aleksandr Ptushko Director, The New Gulliver
39. 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...
40. Vladislav Galkin Vladislav Galkin Actor, V avguste 44-go Vladislav Galkin was a Russian actor known for The Master and Margarita (2005 TV mini-series) and V avguste 44-go. He was born Vladislav Sukhachev on the 25th of December, 1971, in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. His mother, filmmaker Yelena Galkina, divorced from his father, and later married popular Russian actor Boris Galkin...
41. Emil Loteanu Emil Loteanu Director, Queen of the Gypsies
42. Aleksandr Abdulov Aleksandr Abdulov Actor, Ubit drakona Aleksandr Abdulov, one of Russian cinema's best known sex symbols who refused to serve the Communist Party and suffered a blow to his career, 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...
43. Valeriy Zolotukhin Valeriy Zolotukhin Actor, Night Watch Valeri Zolotukhin, one of Russian cinema's most popular faces, who was disabled in his childhood and had to walk with crutches, is now a renown actor, singer, and writer. He was born Valeri Sergeevich Zolotukhin on June 21, 1941, in Bystry Istok village, Altai region, Russia. His father was chairman of a local collective farm; a powerful man in that remote Siberian region...
44. Vadim Yusov Vadim Yusov Cinematographer, Solaris
45. Anatoliy Papanov Anatoliy Papanov Actor, The Diamond Arm Anatoly Dmitrievich Papanov was born on October 31, 1922, in Vyasma, Smolensk region, USSR. His father, named Dmitri Filippovich Papanov, was a Russian industrial worker. His mother, named Elena Bronislavovna Roskovskaya, was of Polish ancestry. Young Papanov moved to Moscow with his parents in 1929...
46. Vladimir Mayakovsky Vladimir Mayakovsky Writer, The Young Lady and the Holligan Vladimir Mayakovsky was the leading Russian Futurist poet of the 20th century who created an entirely new form of Russian poetry loosely resembling such modern day rappers as Eminem and Snoop Dogg. He was born Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky on July 19, 1893, in the town of Bagdadi...
47. Galina Vishnevskaya Galina Vishnevskaya Actress, Alexandra Galina Vishnevskaya was a famous Russian opera singer and public figure. She was born Galina Pavlovna Ivanova on October 25, 1926, in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), Russia. Abandoned by her parents during the Stalin's dictatorship, young Galina was raised by her grandmother, only later she discovered that her father was imprisoned...
48. Rolan Bykov Rolan Bykov Actor, Andrei Rublev
49. Dmitri Kabalevsky Dmitri Kabalevsky Soundtrack, Ice Age Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky was born on December 30, 1904, in St. Petersburg, Russia. He was baptized by a Russian Orthodox priest on January 5, 1905, known as the "Bloody Sunday" of the 1st Russian Revolution. His father, named Boris Kabalevsky, was a mathematician. The family of Kabalevskys belonged to Russian Nobility...
50. Arkadiy Strugatskiy Arkadiy Strugatskiy Writer, Stalker
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