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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 Café (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.
He 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 theatrical school of. B. Schukin and graduated 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. Since 2009, she has been a member of the jury of the TV show Narodnaya Zvezda on TRK Ukraina.
Barbara Brylska was born on June 5, 1941 in Skotniki, Poland. At the age of 15, she first played an episodic role in the film Galoshes of Fortune. Later she joined theater club, studied at the Lodz Higher School of Theater. In 1967 she graduated from the Warsaw Higher School of Theater, Film and Television.
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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.
Talgat was born on March 5, 1949, Kirghiz SSR into the Uzbek-Tatar family. His childhood was hard. His 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 principal, 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


Timur Bekmambetov is a Russian-Kazakh film director, producer and screenwriter, who works on films and commercials. He is best known for the film Night Watch (2004) and its sequel Day Watch (2006), and the American films Wanted (2008) and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012). He is a founder and president of the International Action Film Festival Astana.
Timur Nurbakhitovich Bekmambetov was born on June 25, 1961 in Guryev. His father was a manager at Guryev Energy company, and his mother was a journalist. In 1978, Timur moved to Moscow where he attended the Moscow Energy Institute, but he was more interested in art and movies. At the age of 19, he moved to Tashkent, Uzbek SSR to study at the A. N. Ostrovsky Theatrical and Artistic Institute, from which he graduated in 1987 with a degree in theater and cinema set design.
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Alik Sakharov – film director

Alik Sakharov – film director

Alik Sakharov – film director


Alik Sakharov is an American film director, cinematographer.
Alik 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 House of Culture. Passion for photography has survived to this day. 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.
In 1985, Alik Sakharov made his first documentary film – The Russian Touch, about the life of Soviet immigrants in New York.
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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 a 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, 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 films by Sergei Solovyov and the thriller 10 Little Indians made her famous.
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