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Guerman, Aleksei

Born: 20 June 1938 (Leningrad/St.Petersburg)
Son of the Russian writer Yuri Guerman, Alexei graduated from the Alexander Ostrovsky Institute for Dramatic Arts Theatre in Leningrad and made his first picture, The Seventh Companion (w/Gregori Aronov), for Lenfilm Studios in 1967. He is a prolific actor and writer, and though his directorial output has been limited-- by finances, production difficulties, and censorship-- each of Guerman's four films (as well as Amirkulov's Fall of Otrar, which he co-wrote) has had a significant impact on international cinema. From Checkpoint to Khrustalyov, My Car! (a visceral tour de force that continues to grow in reputation), Guerman's films are uncompromisingly human.

Filmography (as director unless otherwise noted)

  • Hard to Be a God/ Trudno byt' bogom, 2006; (in post-production)
  • Khrustalyov, My Car!/ Khrustalyov, mashinu!, 1998; (also screenwriter)
  • The Fall of Otrar/ Gibel Otrara, 1991; (screenwriter, producer only)
  • Happy Days/ Shchastlivyye dni, 1991; (producer only)
  • My Friend Ivan Lapshin/ Moj drug Ivan Lapshin, 1984; (also screenwriter)
  • Twenty Days Without War/ Dvadtsat' dnej bez vojny, 1976;
  • Checkpoint/ Proverka na dorogakh, 1971;
  • The Seventh Companion/ Sedmoj sputnik, 1967;
  • Workers' Quarters/ Rabochij posyolok, 1965; (assistant director only)