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Shpalikov, Gennady

Born: 6 September 1937 (Segezha, Karelo-Finn/Karelia province, Soviet Union/Russia) Died: 1 November 1974 (Peredelkino, Moscow)
A poet as well as a screenwriter, Shpalikov's stylized way with dialogue was in high demand even before graduating from the State School of Cinematography, penning I Step Through Moscow at only 25. Though it is the only film he directed before ending his own life prematurely, The Long Happy Life made a significant impression at the time of its release and remains a lyrical marvel, worthy of comparison to Bergman's finest films.


  • Life, Tears and Love/ I zhizn, i slyozy, i lyubov..., 1984; (lyricist only)
  • War-Time Romance/ Voyenno-polevoj roman, 1983; (lyricist only)
  • Kultpokhod v teatr, 1982; (lyricist only)
  • Tears Were Falling/ Slyozy kapali, 1982; (lyricist only)
  • The Orphans/ Podranki, 1976; (lyricist only)
  • You and Me/ Ty i ya, 1971;
  • 13 PM/ V trinadtsatom chasu nochi, 1969; TV, (lyricist only)
  • Long Happy Life/ Dolgaya schastlivaya zhizn' , 1966; (also director)
  • I am Twenty/ Mne dvadtsat let, 1964;
  • I Step Through Moscow/ Ya shagayu po Moskve, 1963;