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Soviet Actress Elena Proklova

Soviet Actress Elena Proklova in Mimino, USSR

Soviet Actress Elena Proklova in Mimino, 1977, USSR

Soviet actress Elena Proklova – one of the few actresses who began acting as a child, made a brilliant career. The majority of child actors simply disappear into oblivion. Probably because Elena has been a workaholic since childhood, and was engaged in gymnastics since the age of four. Five year-old girl acted in the Kremlin, with the performance “Girl on the ball.” It was incredibly impressive, the hall applauded. At the age of 11 she has become a master of the sport in gymnastics. But her life changed one day when out of 11,000 girls who were casting for the film “Ringing, Open the Door” director Alexander Mitta chose Elena Proklova. For this film Elena subsequently received an award. There was not a single newspaper or a magazine in the country, which would not have written about it, because for the first time the prize for best actress went to the girl, not the actress. She received bags of letters and her pictures were sold in kiosks.
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Soviet Russian actress Marianna Vertinskaya

Soviet Russian actress Marianna Vertinskaya

Soviet Russian actress Marianna Vertinskaya

There is some kind of magic and mysterious charm in the past 1960s of the USSR, its cinema and art. Call it what you like, but it’s true. There are actors (they are quite a bit), who themselves are regarded as a work of art. Look at Soviet Russian actress Marianna Vertinskaya – beautiful woman, the daughter of a famous father. Congenital artistry, incomparable elegance on stage and in life. And yet – sparking excitement and wonder of live blue eyes. Most famous men of the time knelt down confessing their love for her – Andrey Tarkovsky, Andrey Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky, artist Lev Zbarsky, operators Georgy Rerberg and Alexander Knyazhinsky, architect Ilya Bylinkin, actor Boris Khmelnitsky, and more. Icon of style of the 1960s, Marianna Vertinskaya was born into a family of a famous chanson singer Alexander Vertinsky and Lidiya Vertinskaya – film and theater actress. The name Marianna was given to her by her mother after she had watched a Hollywood movie of Robin Hood, where Robin Hood’s beloved was called Marianna. Coincidentally, later one of the Marianna’s husbands – Boris Khmelnitsky played the role of Robin Hood in the Soviet film.
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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.
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Soviet actress Lyubov Virolainen

Soviet actress Lyubov Virolainen

Soviet actress Lyubov Virolainen

Soviet actress Lyubov Virolainen (nee Urozhenko) was born January 14, 1941 in Borisov, Minsk region, the USSR. Her childhood was tragic. Her father died in the Great Patriotic War at the front. Mother, with the children went to the partisan detachment. Little Lyuba, together with the three-year-old sister and six-year old brother lived in a dugout. Then, the mother with the children got into a concentration camp, which was established by the Germans in the forests of Belarus. Later, she somehow managed to find families to adopt her children.
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Early Soviet film posters

Man with a Movie Camera, 1929

Early Soviet film posters. Man with a Movie Camera, 1929

Movie Posters have long been separate kind of art. Early Soviet film posters adorned the main theaters of the country and places of public festivals. The popularity of cinema in those years was so high that sometimes people had to stand in long queues to buy cherished tickets! Why the old Soviet movie posters were made as a picture and not as staged photography, photo collage or a film frame? The answer is obvious: because it was much cheaper. Digital Technologies of that time did not allow to publish millions of large size photo posters for all the theaters, cultural centers and other institutions of a giant country. It would be impossible and impractical. In addition, to make a big picture in large size and good resolution would be very problematic.
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Best Soviet actors 1962-1991

Best Soviet actors. Alexei Batalov Best Actor of 1962 for the role of in the 1961 film 'Nine Days of One Year'

Best Soviet actors. Alexei Batalov Best Actor of 1962 for the role of in the 1961 film ‘Nine Days of One Year’

Best Soviet actors 1962-1991 were determined by the annual survey, organized among the readers of the most popular in the USSR magazine ‘Soviet Screen’. “Soviet Screen” – was a well illustrated magazine, issued with a different frequency from 1925 to 1998 (with a break in 1930-1957). Unable to withstand the perestroika and followed default of 1998, the magazine ceased to exist. In the XXI century, an attempt to revive the magazine was made by Boris Pinsky, who worked in the magazine “Soviet Screen” in 1981. He published several of pilot issues, but wasn’t able to launch their regular production.
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Best Soviet actresses 1962-1989

Tamara Semina

Best Soviet actresses 1962-1991 – Tamara Semina (Best actress in 1962) for her role of Katyusha Maslova in the 1960-1961 film “Resurrection” (on Leo Tolstoy’s novel “Resurrection”)

Readers of the most popular in the USSR magazine “Soviet screen” used to vote for their favorite film actresses from 1962 to 1991. The “Best Actor of the Year” competition was held annually by the magazine “Soviet screen”, the winner was announced at the end of each ear. Results were based on a survey of its readers and summed up in the 10th issue of the magazine (2nd half of May). In parallel, in the survey existed the category “Best Film”, “Best Actor”, “Best Film for Children” and “Best film music”. Here is the list of Best Soviet actresses 1962-1989, according to the “Soviet Screen” magazine readers.
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