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Gerasimov, Sergei

Born: 21 May 1906 (Kundravy, Chelyabinsk province, Russia)
Died: 26 November 1985 (Russia)
Born in 1906 in Urals area of that days Russian Empire, Sergei Appolinarievich Gerasimov studied at the Leningrad (St. Petersburg) College of Arts and graduated from the Actors Department of the Leningrad (St. Petersburg) Institute for Stage Arts in 1928. In early 1920s he joined FEKS group, founded by Grigori Kozintsev and Leonid Trauberg. Firstly he acted in the Grigori Kozintsev's silent films, such as The Overcoat and New Babylon. In early 1930s he became a head of Acting and Directing Master Class in Lenfilm Studios. First film he wrote and directed was "Twenty-two Misfortunes" in 1930. Later he was appointed to produce the screen versions of famous classics of Socialist Realism. "The Young Guard" (1948), based on the novel by Alexander Fadeyev, combined a panoramic view of war with detailed studies of individual personalities. Gerasimov's screen version of Mikhail Sholokov's novel ''And Quiet Flows the Don'' (1957)- the two-part film was praised inside and outside the Soviet Union as a significant contribution to the development of Soviet film. Both these films were considered as the exemplary works by soviet authorities. In his last film "Leo Tolstoy", he starred in the role of Leo Tolstoy together with his wife Tamara Makarova as Leo's wife. For this film he was awarded the Lenin Prize, one of the Soviet Union's top honors in 1984. Sergei Gerasimov was one of the most reputable film directors and screenwriters in the Soviet Union. The oldest film school in the world, VGIK, is named after Sergei Gerasimov. He died of a heart attack in 1985.

Filmography (as director/writer unless otherwise noted):

  • The Death of Lev Tolstoy/ Lev Tolstoy, 1984; (also actor)
  • At the Beginning of Glorious Days/ V nachale slavnykh del , 1981;
  • The Youth of Peter the Great/ Yunost Petra, 1980;
  • Red and Black/ Krasnoye i chyornoye, 1976; (director only)
  • Daughters-Mothers/ Dochki-materi, 1974; (also actor)
  • Lot/ Zhrebij, 1974; (artistic supervisor only)
  • The Love of Mankind/ Lyubit cheloveka, 1972;
  • By the Lake/ U ozera, 1969;
  • The Journalist/ Zhurnalist, 1967; (also actor)
  • Men and Beasts/ Lyudi i zveri, 1962;
  • Sputnik Speaking, 1959; (director only)
  • The Memory of the Heart/ Pamyat serdtsa, 1958; (screenwriter only)
  • And Quiet Flows the Don/ Tikhij Don, 1957;
  • Rose of the Winds/ Windrose, Die, 1957; Russian segment,
  • Road of Truth/ Doroga pravdy, 1956; (screenwriter only)
  • Hope/ Nadezhda, 1955;
  • The Country Doctor/ Selskij vrach, 1951; (screenwriter only)
  • New China, The, 1950; (director only)
  • Novyj Pekin, 1950; (director only)
  • The Young Guard/ Molodaja gvardija, 1948;
  • Berlinskaya konferentsiya, 1945; (director only)
  • Moscow Music Hall, 1945; (director only)
  • Ural Front, The, 1945;
  • The Big Land/ Bolshaya zemlya, 1944;
  • Kinokontsert k 25-letiyu Krasnoj Armij, 1943; (director only)
  • Invincible/ Nepobedimyje, 1942; (director only)
  • Masquerade/ Maskarad, 1941; (also actor)
  • The Old Guard/ Staraya gvardiya, 1941; (director only)
  • Collection of Films for the Armed Forces #1/ Boyevoj kinosbornik 1, 1941;
  • segment "Meeting with Maxim", (director only)
  • The New Teacher/ Uchitel, 1939;
  • City of Youth/ Komsomolsk, 1938; (also actor)
  • Seven Brave Men/ Semero smelykh, 1936; (also production director)
  • Do I Love You?/ Lyublyu li tebya?, 1934;
  • The Heart of Solomon/ Serdtse Solomona, 1932; (director only)
  • Alone/ Odna, 1931; (assistant director and actor only)
  • 22 Misfortunes/ Dvadtsat dva neshchastya, 1930;
  • The Forest/ Les , 1930; (director only)
  • The New Babylon/ Novyj Vavilon, 1929; (assistant director and actor only)