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Soviet actress Natalia Belokhvostikova

Soviet actress Natalia Belokhvostikova

Soviet actress Natalia Belokhvostikova

Soviet actress Natalia Belokhvostikova (born July 28, 1951, Moscow, USSR) – Honored Artist of the RSFSR, the winner of two State Prizes of the USSR (1971, 1985). She is the youngest winner of the State Prize of the USSR in age to obtain it in the history of national cinema (she was 19). A young Moscow schoolgirl has dreamed about the career of an actress from early childhood. She, after the ninth grade, managed to prove her right to study in the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography. Natalia graduated from high school in parallel with studies at the institute. So, Natasha began to rise to her profession, the profession of an actress … The event, which largely determined her creative life, was the meeting with SA Gerasimov. Coryphaeus of Soviet cinema, Gerasimov trained several generations of actors and directors, he not only taught his students the basics of skill, but also helped to apply their knowledge in practice.

Vasily Shukshin and Natalia Belokhvostikova in the film 'At lake'

Vasily Shukshin and Natalia Belokhvostikova as Lena Barmina in the film “By the Lake” (1969)

The image of Lena Barmina in the script of the film “By the Lake” was written by the master for a specific performer, taking into account the personality of a seventeen-year-old Natasha Belokhvostikova. The screen image of an aspiring actress-debutante was a complete success: the prize for Best Actress at the XVII International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary, the USSR State Prize, which was awarded a twenty-year student with such masters as S. Gerasimov Oleg Zhakov, Vasily Shukshin.

Natalia Belokhvostikova

Natalia Belokhvostikova

Then film by S. Urusevsky “Sing a song, the poet …”, where Belokhvostikova plays Anna Snegina. It was more of a symbol than a character – an image of romantic love of the poet.

A Glass of water, 1979

A Glass of water, 1979

New stage in the actor biography of Belokhvostikova was the role of the young Nadezhda Krupskaya in the movie “Nadezhda” by director M. Donskoy. And here was the most serious test of skill for professional maturity. Other times, the greatness of vocation, humility of charming appearance and again a recognizable perfectionism, heightened sense of justice, purity of heart … The screen shows us a mature nature, solid and infinitely attractive.

Red and Black

Red and Black

When Gerasimov decided to film the television novel “Red and Black”, in the candidate for the role of Matilda, no one doubted. Subsequent events proved that Sergei Gerasimov was not mistaken in his pupil.

Legend of Till Eulenspiegel, 1976

Legend of Till Eulenspiegel, 1976

In the halls of the Gorky studio was still being filmed the last episode of “Red and Black”, but Natalia Belokhvostikova has already started working on a new image. In the film by directors Alov and Naumov “The Legend of Till Eulenspiegel” Natalia had to play Nele. If Till – the spirit of Flanders, then Nele – its heart. To some extent this is also an image – a symbol, a symbol of such scale to play is doubly difficult.

Plastic of the actress in the film is very eloquent, and her eyes sometimes say more than words. In them – the suffering and pain, love and wisdom of eternity. The actress joined in her character seemingly unconnected: the lyricism and the strength of feeling of the earthly woman of XVI century Flemish and epic grandeur of the legendary woman of the people, eternally young bride of immortal Till. Not by chance the film had a rapturous reception of fellow countrymen of Nele and Thiel – Belgians.

Another step in the comprehension of the human soul was made by the actress in her work with directors A. Alov and V. Naumov in a large-scale political film “Teheran-43”. The film explores the sinister phenomenon of international terrorism and its bloody kinship with fascism. Partners of Belokhvostikova this time were the actors from different countries. Natalia played three different roles – a young Frenchwoman Marie Looney during the Second World War, Marie elderly decades later, and her daughter, a young Natalie. These three heroines of Belokhvostikova are gifted with high spiritual, moral harmony and a sense of power, which makes a person stronger than death.

Soviet actress Natalia Belokhvostikova

Source – Soviet Screen magazine, 17-1972