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Gardin, Vladimir

Born: 18 January 1877 (Moscow)
Died: 28 May 1965 (Leningrad)

Renowned actor and director Vladimir Gardin began his creative career in 1898, when he started acting in provincial theater. Before that, Gardin completed the Cadet Corps in 1894. He was one of the most prolific pre-revolutionary actors and directors, making or appearing in thirty three films before 1917. Many of his films were adaptations of Russian literary classics such as Anna Karenina, The Kreutzer Sonata and War and Peace, which he co-directed with Jakov Protazanov. Following the October Revolution, he established the first film school in the world, the VGIK. In 1947 he was awarded the title of People's Artist of the USSR.

Filmography (as director)

  • The Poet and the Tsar/ Poet i tsar, 1927;
  • The Bear's Wedding/ Medvezhya svadba, 1926; (prologue)
  • Cross and Mauser/ Krest i mauzer, 1925;
  • Zolotoy zapas, 1924;
  • A Spectre Haunts Europe/ Prizrak brodit po Yevrope, 1923;
  • Locksmith and Chancellor/ Slesar i kantzler, 1923;
  • Hunger...Hunger...Hunger/ Golod... golod... golod, 1921;
  • Sickle and Hammer/ Serp i molot, 1921;
  • The Iron Heel/ Zhelaznaya pyata, 1919;
  • Thought/ Mysl , 1916;
  • War and Peace/ Voyna i mir, 1915;
  • Petersburg Slums/ Peterburgskiye trushchobi, 1915;
  • A Nest of Noblemen/ Dvoryanskoe gnezdo, 1915; (
  • Ghosts/ Privideniya, 1915;
  • Days of Our Life/ Dni nashei zhizni, 1914;
  • Anna Karenina, 1914;
  • The Kreutzer Sonata/ Kreitserova sonata, 1914;
  • The Keys to Happiness/ Klyuch schastiya, 1913;