Director of Saratov Childrens’ Theatre, 1919-1923, then the Moscow Theatre of Revolution, 1923-1924. Left theatre and turned to cinema. In 1925, filmed Bukhta Smerti, which became a classic.
Predated 1926, and Prividenie Ne Vozvrashchaelsia, 1930, were interrupted in the middle of their production and shelved. Strogii Iunosha was also interrupted, and several people, including Iurii Olesha, the author of the script, were arrested. Made noteworthy adaptations of Aleksandr Kuprin’s Granatovyi Braslet, and Anton Chekhov’s Tsvety Zapozdalye (1965 and 1970).
Taught at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (Moscow State Film School).
1919-1924 producer in various theaters. Since 1924 in film work. Directed films: “Prividenie, kotoroe ne vozvrashchaetsya” (A Vision Which Will Not Return) (1930).
“Pyatiletka” (Five-Year Plan) (1930). “Nashestvie” (Invasion) (1944). “Sud chesti” (Court of Honor) (1948).
“Serebristaya pyl” (Silver Dust) (1953). “Serdtse betsya vnov” (The Heart Beats Anew) (1956). “Chelovek No. 217” (Man No.
217); “Vladimir Hich Lenin”. “Admiral Ushakov”, etc. 1958 member, Soviet cinematography workers’ delegation United States of America.
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