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Sergei Fedorovich Bondarchuk

Sergei Bondarchuk, USSR Film director, actor.

Background

  • Bondarchuk, Sergei was born on September 25, 1920 in the village of Belozerka, Odessa Oblast’.

  • Education

    • Studied under Sergei Gerasimov. Graduated in 1948.

    Career

    • Attended a theatrical school in Rostov-on-Don before the war. In 1946 entered the actor’s faculty of the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (State Film School) as a third-year student. First effort as a director was The Fate of a Man produced by Mosfilm in 1959.

      Became known as a director for his adaptation of Tolstoy’s War and Peace. He himself played the part of Pierre Bezukhov. The original 16- hour version was re-edited and sold all over the world.

      Directed Waterloo, 1970, for Dino De Laurentis in which he also played a part. Other films: They Fought For Their Motherland, The Steppe (Chekhov adaptation). Acted in Othello (1955), Serezha (1960), Roberto Rosselini’s It Was One Night in Rome (1960), Uncle Vania (1970).
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