Nikolai Ekk was born on June 14, 1902 in Riga, Governorate of Livonia, Russian Empire as Nikolai Vladimirovich Ivakin. He was a director and writer, known for Road to Life (1931), Sorochinskaya yarmarka (1939) and Nightingale (1936). He died on July 13, 1976 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR. 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).