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Sergei Gerasimov Biography

  • Profession: Director, Actor, Screenwriter
  • Born: Jan 1, 1906
  • Died: Nov 28, 1985

Russian filmmaker and screenwriter Sergei Gerasimov is best known to Western audiences for Tikhy Don/And Quiet Flows the Don, an epic trilogy based on Mikhail Sholokhov's sweeping novel. Gerasimov was born in Zlatoust, a town located in the Ural Mountains. Following studies at the Institute of Stage Art in Leningrad, Gerasimov joined the innovative Factory of the Eccentric Actor in the mid-'20s, and in 1927 started acting in films. Three years later, Gerasimov made his first feature, [[Feature~V114778~Dvadtsat dva Neschastya~dvadnya]]/[[Feature~V114873~Twenty-Two Misfortunes~twotimestwo]], in collaboration with [[Performer~P243011~Sergei Bartenev~sergeybartenev]]. Gerasimov was always pro-socialist and had his first real success with his Soviet propaganda film [[Feature~V87360~Komsomolsk~komsomolsk]]/City of Youth in 1938. In 1941, Gerasimov made yet another propaganda film, [[Feature~V103833~Uchitel~uchitel]]/The New Teacher, to attack the current educational system. Gerasimov became a full-fledged member of the Communist Party in 1944 and was appointed to lead the Soviet Institute of Cinematography and also held a chair on the State Committee for Film. Gerasimov has also penned several books on filmmaking. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi


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