Abram Room

Abram Room

Vilnius, Vilnius City Municipality, Vilnius, Lithuania
Death 26 Jul 1976 (aged 82)
Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia
Burial Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia
Plot Section 29
Memorial ID 23980346 · View Source
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Motion Picture Director. His reputation rests on a single film, "Bed and Sofa" (1927), a surprisingly adult (for its time) study of a love triangle that results from Moscow's housing shortage. Its perceptive observations and delicate balance of comedy and drama have made it a classic of Soviet silent cinema. He also directed the USSR's first talkie, the documentary "The Five Year Plan" (1930). Abram Matveyevich Room was born in what is now Vilnius, Lithuania, of Jewish descent. He studied medicine and served as a Red Army doctor during the Russian Civil War. In 1923 he joined Meyerhold's Theatre of the Revolution as an actor and made his film directing debut with "The Vodka Chase" (1924). The honest, sensitively handled "Bed and Sofa" was an anomaly in Room's long career, which was cautiously spent making escapist fare and propaganda features. During the unpredictable final years of Stalin's rule (1950 to 1953) he played it even safer by filming stage productions. His other credits include "Traitor" (1926), "Ruts" (1928), "Criminals" (1933), "Squadron No. 5" (1939), "Invasion" (1945), "School for Scandal" (1952), "The Garnet Bracelet" (1965), "Belated Flowers" (1972), and "The Untimely Man" (1973).

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