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Alexander Belyavsky – Russian actor

Alexander Belyavsky – Russian actor

Alexander Belyavsky – Russian actor

Alexander Belyavsky was a Soviet and Russian theater and cinema actor, People’s Artist of the Russian Federation (2003), Honored Cultural Worker of Poland. He acted in more than a hundred movies and television series, the most famous of which were Four Tank-men And A Dog, The 13 Chairs Cafe (Kabachok 13 stulev), The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath!, The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed, and the television series Brigada.
Alexander Borisovich Belyavsky was born on May 6, 1932 in Moscow. The first steps in the acting profession the boy did in the youth theater studio, under the guidance of the actor Leonid Sergeevich Weizler.
The young man graduated from the Geological Prospecting Department of the Moscow Institute of Nonferrous Metals and Gold in 1955. Then Alexander went to the East Siberian Geological Administration in Irkutsk. There Belyavsky first appeared on the stage of an amateur theater. Later, in 1957, he entered the Boris Schukin theater school and graduated from it in 1961.
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Barbara Brylska – famous actress

Barbara Brylska – famous actress

Barbara Brylska – famous actress


Barbara Brylska is a Soviet and Polish film and theater actress, a singer. She became a laureate of the State Prize of the USSR in 1977. In the republics of the former USSR, she is best known for the role of Nadia Shevelyova, the main character in the film The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath by film director Eldar Ryazanov. In 2008, she was a member of the jury of the entertainment TV program Two Stars-2 on Channel 1.
Pretty girl was born on June 5, 1941 in Skotniki, Poland.
Her acting career began right after school. For the first time she appeared on the screen in Bogdzevich’s film Galoshes of Fortune.
Since childhood, Barbara was very beautiful. A graceful long-legged girl with beautiful thick hair could not leave the opposite sex indifferent. Young handsome Jan Borovets from Warsaw fell in love at first sight with a beautiful stranger and did his best to find her. Their acquaintance ended in a wedding. But did Barbara dream of this? Personal life demanded a significant sacrifice. At that time the girl studied at the theater institute and dreamed of becoming an actress. Teachers predicted her great success. However, the conservative family of her husband did not share the choice of their daughter-in-law. And Jan wanted her to be a housewife. So, the girl left the university. For two months, Barbara was an exemplary wife. But very soon she got bored and returned to the theater institute. As an exception, the girl was allowed to attend lectures. Soon the young actress was offered the first roles.
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Talgat Nigmatulin – Soviet Bruce Lee

Talgat Nigmatulin - Soviet Bruce Lee

Talgat Nigmatulin – Soviet Bruce Lee


Talgat Nigmatulin was a Soviet film actor, best known for the films Pirates of XX century, The Adventures Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. He is the legend of Soviet cinema. Fans call him the second Bruce Lee.
The boy was born on March 5, 1949, Kirghiz SSR into the Uzbek-Tatar family. His childhood was hard. The father was a miner and tragically died when the boy was only two years old. Talgat started to earn money as a teenager, working in different places: in a sugar factory, in a shoe shop. His mother was a school director, but, despite this, the family was very poor. It was difficult for his mother to bring up two sons, so Talgat was sent to an orphanage.
He was a very shy and weak boy and did not speak Russian. Active games with peers usually ended in tears, bruises and sometimes more serious injuries. One day in summer camp a girl refused to dance with bowlegged boy. Talgat ran away into the steppe, so that no one could see him crying. Then he decided to make his body beautiful. Since then he danced, did athletics, and later karate. He was also fond of reading and soon began speaking good Russian. In order to study the language better he rewrote two volumes of War and Peace by hand.
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Timur Bekmambetov – film director

Timur Bekmambetov – film director

Timur Bekmambetov – film director


Almost any actor, director or producer dreams of a career in Hollywood. Alas, it is very difficult to reach such heights. And therefore the achievements of the Kazakhstan director and producer Timur Bekmambetov are really grandiose. Starting his career as a director of commercials that turned out to be very innovative for the USSR, he went a long way from low-budget movies to multi-million blockbusters that conquered the world.
Timur was born on June 25, 1961 in Guryev. His father is a descendant of the ancient and revered dynasty of Kazakh khans, whose roots can be traced back to the 10th century. The father was the head of a large energy company, and the mother worked as a deputy editor of a regional newspaper.
At his father’s insistence, the future director entered the Moscow Power Engineering Institute. However, Bekmambetov was not too interested in energy and other technical subjects, the young man was fond of the world of art. The future film star left the institute and was immediately drafted into the army, he served near Ashgabat for two years.
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Alik Sakharov – film director

Alik Sakharov – film director

Alik Sakharov – film director


Alik Sakharov is an American film director, cinematographer.
The boy was born on May 17, 1959 in Tashkent, USSR. When he was eight years old, his family moved to Moscow. As a school boy Alik joined the photo club in one of Moscow’s Houses of Culture. And even to this day he has passion for photography. When Alik was fifteen years old his parents gave him a camera. So, the boy started to film short amateur videos. Andrei Tarkovsky’s film The Mirror had the most significant influence on his artistic taste and is still his favorite movie.
In 1981 his family emigrated to the United States.
You know, in 1985, Sakharov made his first documentary film – The Russian Touch, about the life of Soviet immigrants in New York.
In 1986, he began to work as a cameraman and illuminator on one of the TV stations in the same New York City. There he gained experience on the set of short stories for television, advertising, and music videos.
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Foreign stars played in Russian films

For this role Mastroianni received a Cannes Film Festival award

For this role Mastroianni received a Cannes Film Festival award


Marcello Mastroianni
In 1987, Nikita Mikhalkov made a film Dark Eyes, based on several short stories by Anton Chekhov. The main role in the film, the architect Romano Patra, played prominent Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni, who most often starred in the films by famous film director Federico Fellini. For the role in this film the actor won the award for Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for Oscar.
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Most beautiful women in the USSR

Tatiana Drubich

Tatiana Drubich


Standards of beauty change over time, but since the Soviet times they didn’t change a lot. Here you’ll see the list of the most beautiful women of the USSR.

Tatiana Drubich
Tatiana Drubich, Natalie Portman of the Soviet cinema, was the main muse of film director Sergei Solovyov. In her first film she starred at the age of 12. Despite the success of the film One Hundred Days After Childhood, where Drubich played at the age of 14, she refused to enter the Film Institute and became an endocrinologist. Then she worked as a doctor in the district hospital and had time to act in films. The roles in the films by Sergei Solovyov and the thriller 10 Little Indians made her famous.
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