Nikita Mikhalkov – greatest Russian filmmaker
Nikita Mikhalkov is the greatest living Russian filmmaker, well known actor, and head of the Russian cinematographic union.
Nikita Sergeyevich was born on October 21, 1945, Moscow. His father Sergei Mikhalkov was the prominent Soviet writer, who wrote the lyrics of the Soviet national anthem. Nikita’s mother, the poetess Natalia Konchalovskaya, was the daughter of the avant-garde artist Pyotr Konchalovsky and granddaughter of another outstanding painter, Vasily Surikov.
Nikita’s older brother is one of the most famous Soviet – Russian filmmakers Andrei Konchalovsky, who is known for his collaboration with Andrei Tarkovsky and his own Hollywood action films, such as “Runaway Train” and “Tango & Cash”.
In 1956, Nikita entered music school, where he studied for four years. The boy dreamed of an acting career. So 14-year-old Nikita made his debut in the film “The sun shines for everyone” by Konstantin Voinov, where he played a cameo role. Later he starred in anti-religious drama “Clouds over Bor” by Vasily Ordynsky. But his first big role, Nikita played in 1961, in the school film “The Adventures of Krosh” by Henrik Hovhannisyan.
Mikhalkov studied at the Shchukin Theatre School. While still a student, he appeared in the film “I Step Through Moscow” (1964) directed by Georgi Daneliya and in “Home of the Gentry” (1969) directed by his brother Andrei Konchalovsky.
For the first success Nikita said “thank you” to his older brother. It was he who asked Daneliya to give Nikita a role in the film “I Step Through Moscow”. By the way, the title song performed by Nikita Mikhalkov became a symbol of that time.
In 1971, Mikhalkov graduated from VGIK with a short film “Quiet Day at War’s End” as his degree project.
In 1972, 27-year-old Nikita Sergeevich was sent to Kamchatka, where he served in the army.
In the early 1980s, Mikhalkov starred in “Station for Two” (1982) and “A Cruel Romance” (1984) by Eldar Ryazanov. He also played Henry Baskerville in the Soviet screen version of The Hound of the Baskervilles.
His film “A Slave of Love” (1976) brought him international fame.
Mikhalkov’s film “Burnt by the Sun” (1994) won an Academy Award (Oscar) for the Best Foreign Film.
Nikita Sergeevich has starred in over 40 films, including “The Barber of Siberia”, where he played the Russian Tsar Alexander III.
Mikhalkov is an owner of numerous awards at Cannes, Venice, Moscow, Karlovy Vary and European Film Awards.
In 1996, he was the head of the jury at the 46th Berlin International Film Festival.
On September 8, 2007 Mikhalkov was awarded a Special Lion for Overall Work at Venice Film Festival.
Nikita Sergeevich donated fourteen million rubles of his own money to support veterans and retired actors.
Mikhalkov is a friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
His first wife was famous Russian actress Anastasia Vertinskaya, whom he married on March 6, 1967. They have a son Stepan Mikhalkov (born in September 1966). Nikita met Anastasia at the Shchukin School. By that time she had already played title roles in “Scarlet Sails” and “Amphibian Man”. They were together for four years. Nikita was sure that his wife should stay at home, bring up children and wait for her husband. But Vertinskaya did not fit the description.
Soviet fashion model Tatiana Solovyova became his second wife. They have three children: Anna Mikhalkova (born 1974), Artyom Mikhalkov (born December 8, 1975) and Nadezhda Mikhalkova (born September 27, 1986).
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