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Protazanov, Jakov

Born: 4 February 1881 (Moscow)
Died: 9 August 1945 (Moscow)
Jakov Protozanov was one of the leading directors of silent film, in addition to being a writer and an actor. Starting in 1900, Protozanov worked as a salesman in Moscow, and subsequently spent time as an accountant, a translator and a clerk in both France and Italy. In 1906 he found work as a director's assistant in Moscow. After learning a great deal about filmmaking, Protozanov made his directorial debut in 1909 with the film The Fountain of Bakhchisarai. Protozanov went on to make a series of films while living in France and Italy between 1918 and 1923. Eventually, Protozanov returned to the USSR, where he would make the popular science fiction film Aelita. In 1935 he was the Honored Statesman of the Arts in the Russian SFSR; in 1944 he received the same honor from the Uzbekistan SSR. Jakov Protozanov died in Moscow in 1945.

Filmography

(as director unless otherwise stated)
  • Adventures in Bokhara/ Nasreddin v Bukhare ,1943; (also screenwriter)
  • The Eagle of the Steppe/ Salavat Yulayev, 1941;
  • Without Dowry/ Bespridannitsa, 1937; (also screenwriter)
  • About Oddities of Love/ O strannostyakh lyubvi , 1936;
  • Puppets/ Marionetki, 1934; (also screenwriter)
  • Diary of a Revolutionist/ Dve vstrechi , 1932; (only screenwriter)
  • Siberian Patrol/ Tommi , 1931; (also screenwriter)
  • Holidays of St. Jorgen/ Prazdnik svyatogo Yorgena, 1930; (also screenwriter)
  • Ranks and People/ Chiny i lyudi ,1929; (also screenwriter)
  • The Lash of the Tsar/ Belyy oryol, 1928; (also screenwriter)
  • Don Diego and Pelagia/ Don Diego i Pelageya, 1928;
  • Man from the Restaurant/ Chelovek iz restorana, 1927; (also screenwriter)
  • The Forty-First/ Sorok pervyy, 1927;
  • The Case of the Three Million/ Protsess o tryokh millionakh, 1926; (also screenwriter)
  • Broken Chains/ Yego prizyv, 1925;
  • The Tailor from Torzhok/ Zakroyshchik iz Torzhka, 1925;
  • Aelita: Queen of Mars/ Aelita , 1924;
  • Liebe Pilgerfahrt, Der, 1923;
  • Ombre de peche, L' , 1923;
  • Pour une nuit d'amour, 1923;
  • The Meaning of Death/Sens de la mort, Le , 1922; (also screenwriter)
  • Justice d'abord, 1921;
  • Angoissante aventure, L' , 1920;
  • Chlen parlamenta, 1920; (also screenwriter)
  • The Queen's Secret/ Taina korolevy, 1919; (also screenwriter)
  • The Black Horde, 1919;
  • The Queen's Secret/ Taina korolevy, 1919; (only screenwriter)
  • Parasites of Life, 1918;
  • Satan Triumphant/ Satana likuyushchiy, 1917;
  • Damned Millions/ Proklyatye milliony, 1917;
  • Blood Need Not Be Spilled/ Ne nado krovi, 1917; (also screenwriter)
  • Andrey Kozhukhov, 1917; (also screenwriter)
  • Public Prosecutor/ Prokuror, 1917;
  • Father Sergius/ Otets Sergei, 1917;
  • Woman with a Dagger/ Zhenshchina s kinzhalom, 1916;
  • The Queen of Spades/ Pikovaya dama, 1916; (also screenwriter)
  • Sin/ Grekh, 1916;
  • House of Death, 1916;
  • Nikolai Stavrogin, 1915;
  • Plebeian/ Plebei , 1915;
  • War and Peace/ Voyna i mir, 1915;
  • Petersburg Slums/ Peterburgskiye trushchobi , 1915;
  • Dance of the Vampire, 1914;
  • Guardian of Virtue, 1914;
  • Love, 1914;
  • The Keys to Happiness/ Klyuch schastiya, 1913;
  • Honoring the Russian Flag, 1913;
  • How Fine How Fresh the Roses Were/ Kak khoroshi, kak svezhi byli rozy, 1913; (also screenwriter)
  • A Chopin Nocturne/ Noktyurn Chopyena, 1913;
  • The Shatters Vase/ Razbitaya vaza, 1913; (also screenwriter)
  • Anfisa, 1912;
  • Departure of a Grand Old Man/ Ukhod velikovo startza, 1912;
  • The Prisoner's Song/ Pesnya katorzhanina, 1911; (also screenwriter)
  • A Night in May, 1910;
  • The Death of Ivan the Terrible/ Smert Ioanna Groznogo, 1909;
  • The Fountain of Cakhchisarai/ Bakchisarayskiy fontan, 1909;