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Trauberg, Leonid

Leonid Trauberg was one of the founders of the notorious Factory of Eccentric Actors in St. Petersburg in 1921. With G. Kozintsev they joined their careers for decades, working on and off as a collaborative duo. Their names are often mentioned in connection with Formalists, together they attempted to create the Russian equivalent of Futurism, Surrealism or Dada. Among their collaborative work the most famous became their last silent film "The New Babylon / Novyi Vavilon" (1929), written and directed by both of them, inspired by the writings of Emile Zola. Their other common works include titles: "Shinel" (1926), "Bratishka" (1927), "Odna" (1931), "Vozvrashcheniye Maksima" (1937), "Vyborgskaya Storona" (1939). Shortly after the government banned their last collaborative work, post-war drama "Plain People / Prostyye lyudi" (1946), they split up and went their separate ways. Trauberg for few more years continued with directing and made 3 more films (Soldiers Were Going / Shli soldaty, 1958; Dead Souls / Myortvye dushi, 1960; Wind of Freedom / Volnyy veter, 1961). "Wind of Freedom" was his last film, after which he took the position of director of the Higher Course in Direction and later wrote books about popular culture, operetta, and cinema.


  • Agent of the Secret Service/ Agent sekretnoi sluzhby, 1978; (creative supervisor only)
  • Here, on this Crossroads/ Aystegh, ays khachmerukum, 1975; (creative advisor only)
  • Sovi tarinerits, 1967; (creative advisor)
  • Dikie lebedi , 1963; (screenwriter only)
  • Wind of Freedom/ Volnyj veter, 1961;
  • Lost Souls/ Myortvye dushi, 1960; (also screenwriter)
  • Soldiers Were Going/ Shli soldaty, 1958; (also screenwriter)
  • Liberty/ Volnitsa , 1955; (screenwriter only)
  • Zhukovsky, 1950; (screenwriter only)
  • Life in the Citadel/ Zhizn v tsitadel, 1947; (screenwriter only)
  • Plain People/ Prostyye lyudi, 1946;
  • Young Fritz, The/ Iunyi Frits, 1943;
  • Actress/ Aktrisa, 1943;
  • New Horizons/ Maxim Trilogy 3/ Vyborgskaya storona, 1939; (also screenwriter)
  • Maxim Trilogy, Part 2/ Vozvrashcheniye Maksima, 1937; (also screenwriter)
  • Maxim Trilogy, Part 1/ Yunost Maksima, 1935; (also screenwriter)
  • Alone/ Odna, 1931; (also screenwriter)
  • New Babylon, The/ Novyj Vavilon, 1929; (also screenwriter)
  • Club of the Big Deed, The/ S.V.D. - Soyuz velikogo dela, 1927;
  • Little Brother, The/ Bratishka, 1927; (also screenwriter)
  • Devil's Wheel, The/ Chyortogo koleso, 1926;
  • Cloak, The/ Shinel, 1926;
  • Mishki versus Yudenich/ Mishki protiv Yudenicha, 1925;
  • Adventures of Oktyabrina, The/ Pokhozhdeniya Oktyabriny, 1924; (also screenwriter)