Sergei Gerasimov

Sergei Gerasimov

Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia
Death 26 Nov 1985 (aged 79)
Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia
Burial Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia
Plot Section 10, Row 3
Memorial ID 23752983 · View Source
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Motion Picture Director, Actor, Screenwriter. A major figure of Soviet Cinema. Sergei Appolinarievich Gerasimov was born in Kundravy, in the Chelyabinsk Oblast of the Urals. He made his screen debut as an performer in 1924 and for a time was associated with Leningrad's experimental Eccentric Actors Workshop (FEX). With his gaunt features and narrow, piercing eyes he was typically cast in villainous roles, memorably in Kozintsev's "The Overcoat" (1926) and "The New Babylon" (1929), and Pudovkin's "The Deserter" (1933). From 1930 he turned increasingly to direction. His first notable films in that capacity, "City of Youth" (1938) and "The New Teacher" (1939), explored his favorite theme, the development of Soviet youth. A member of the Communist Party from 1944, Gerasimov adhered to Central Committee dictates throughout his career without completely sacrificing his talent and taste. In "The Young Guard" (1947), a screen version of Fadeyev's World War II novel, he was able to apply his concern for children to an epic of the "Socialist Realist" manner; it was one of the few tolerable Soviet features to emerge from the late Stalin era. At the 1949 World Peace Conference in New York City, Gerasimov made a speech denouncing Hollywood films as violent and amoral, though like other Russian artists at that gathering he was coerced into making those statements and harbored no real ill-will towards the west. His monumental three-part adaptation of Sholokov's "Quiet Flows the Don" (1957 to 1958) was internationally well received. He later returned to smaller scale subjects. In his final film, the biopic "Leo Tolstoy" (1983), Gerasimov wrote, directed, and played the title role. The following year he was awarded the Order of Lenin for his cumulative work. From 1945 to 1975 he headed the acting and directing workshops of the Moscow Film School (VGIK), which is now named for him. He was married to actress and teacher Tamara Makarova.

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