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Alexandrov, Grigori

Born: 23 January 1903 , Yekaterinburg, Russia Died: 16 December 1984 , Moscow, (Soviet Union / Russia)

Grigori Alexandrov's career started on the Western Front, where he entertained Russian troops by his acrobatic skills. After then he was acting in the Prolekult Theater in Moscow, where he also met Sergei Eisenstein. The friendship lasted long after the Prolekut Theater. Grigori Alexandrov firstly worked as screenwriter and general assistant to Sergei Eisenstein on silent films "Strike" and "October" (both in 1925). The collaboration continued during Eisenstein's journey to USA and later to Mexico, where he decided to make a film about Mexican history and culture - "Que Viva Mexico!". Unfortunately, Eisenstein was never able to edit this movie. Alexandrov edited the footage based on Eisensteins notes and storyboard only in 1979. Alexandrov's directorial debut was a short, non-narrative "Romance Sentimentale" in 1930 and first feature "Internationale" he completed in 1932. He focused on musicals and comedies, out of which the most famous are "Jazz Comedy"(1934), "Circus" (1936) and "Volga Volga" (1938). While being a artistic director of Mosfilm, position in which he succeeded S. Eisenstein in 1944, Mosfilm won multiple awards for productions "Spring" (1947), "Meeting on Elbe" (1949), "Glinka" (1952).

Filmography:

  • Lyubov Orlova, 1983; (also writer)
  • Que Viva Mexico!/Da zdravstvuyet Meksika!, 1979; (writer and editor only)
  • Skvorets i Lira , 1973
  • Lenin in Switzerland/Lenin v Shvejtsarij, 1965; (TV)
  • Before October / Pered oktyabre, 1965
  • Lenin in Poland/Lenine v Polske, 1961;
  • Russian Souvenir/Russkij suvenir, 1960;
  • From Man to Man/Chelovek cheloveku, 1958
  • Man of Music/Kompozitor Glinka, 1952; (also writer)
  • Meeting on the Elbe/Vstrecha na Elbe, 1949
  • Spring/Vesna, 1947; (also writer)
  • Twins/Bliznetsy, 1945; (artistic producer only)
  • Six P.M./V shest chasov vechera posle vojny, 1944; (artistic producer only)
  • Men of the Caspian/Kaspiky, 1944
  • Family, A, 1943;
  • The Shining Path/Svetlyj put, 1940
  • Time In the Sun, 1940;
  • Liberation/Osvobozhdeniye, 1940; (cinematographer only)
  • Pervoye maya, 1938
  • Volga - Volga, 1938; (also writer)
  • Doklad tov. Stalina o proekte Konstututsii SSSR na VIII Chrezvytsaynom S'ezde Sovetov, 1937
  • The Circus/Tsirk, 1936; (also writer)
  • The Happy Guys/Vesyolyye rebyata, 1934; (also writer)
  • Thunder Over Mexico, 1933; (scenario only)
  • Internationale/Internatsional , 1932
  • Que viva Mexico!, 1932; (also writer)
  • Destruccion de Oaxaca, La, 1931; (writer only)
  • Sentimental Romance/Romance sentimentale, 1930; (also writer and editor)
  • Misery and Fortune of Women/Frauennot - Frauengluck: Das Hohelied der arztlichen Kunst, 1929
  • The General Line/Staroye i novoye, 1929; (also writer)
  • The Girl form a Far River/Devushka s dalyokoj reki, 1927; (writer only)
  • October/Oktyabr, 1927; (also writer)
  • Battleship Potemkin/Bronenosets Potyomkin, 1925; (co-director and actor)
  • Strike/Stachka, 1925; (writer, assistant director, and actor)