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Thirty Greatest Soviet Films

Ivan Vasilievich Changes Profession, 1973. Greatest Soviet Films

Greatest Soviet Films. Ivan Vasilievich Changes Profession, 1973. Starred: Alexander Demyanenko, Natalya Selezneva, Yuri Yakovlev, Natalia Krachkovskaya, Leonid Kuravlev, Vladimir Etush, Savely Kramarov, Mikhail Pugovkin, Natalia Kustinskaya

Thirty Greatest Soviet Films
No matter how much Russian citizens talk about how good or bad it was in the Soviet Union, the USSR movies were stunning. Here is the list of Thirty Greatest Soviet Films – the pride of the nation, the wealth of the Soviet and Russian people, along with the great masterpieces of art. And no matter how many years pass, these films are a part of everyone who was born in the USSR. The rankings are based on the results of voting of visitors of kinopoisk.ru website. The first in the list of best Soviet films is “Ivan Vasilievich Changes Profession”, 1973 comedy film made by unsurpassed Soviet director Leonid Gaidai. The film in the genre of fantasy, comedy, and adventure. For foreign audience, the film known under the name “Ivan the Terrible: Back to the Future” is worth watching.
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Soviet actress Tamara Syomina

Soviet actress Tamara Syomina

Soviet actress Tamara Syomina

Soviet actress Tamara Syomina was born 25 October 1938 in the town of Lgov of Kursk region, into the family of army officer. Her father was a tank regiment commander who died during the World War II. In 1942 her mother Tamara and her two children were evacuated, and later they moved to Bryansk, where Tamara attended school. In 1946, in the life of Tamara appeared stepfather – Peter Syomin, who became for her a loving father and a true friend. As a gratitude to him, Tamara bears his name. After high school, Tamara decided to go to school for working youth, at the same time working part-time as a librarian and a secretary. Having decided to become an actress, she came to Moscow, and in 1956 became a student of workshop of Pyzhov in the All-Union institute of Cinema.
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Soviet actress Tatiana Okunevskaya

Soviet actress Tatiana Okunevskaya (March 3, 1914 – May 15, 2002)

Soviet actress Tatiana Okunevskaya (March 3, 1914 – May 15, 2002)

“I grew up, and realized – there is nothing uglier than revolution, when the people themselves, with their own hands, crumble and destroy all the best that has been created, and then they can not create anything”. Tatiana Okunevskaya. Soviet actress Tatiana Okunevskaya was born March 3, 1914 in Moscow. Her father was tsarists officer Kirill Petrovich Okunevsky. Mother Evgeniya Okunevskaya – excellent housewife, very good at knitting, playing the piano, guitar, embroidery, singing old songs. In her childhood, Tatiana studied at the school that was in front of the Theatre named after Konstantin Stanislavsky and Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko. After high school, Tatiana tried to enter the Institute of Architecture, but failed. The same year, to 17-year-old Tatiana came up a young man who introduced himself as an assistant director. Dazzled by her beauty, he stated that she was exactly the type they needed for the role. From that very day her film career has began.
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Soviet actress Ariadna Shengelaya

Soviet actress Ariadna Shengelaya

‘Garnet Bracelet’, 1965, director A. Room. Soviet actress Ariadna Shengelaya as Vera

Soviet actress Ariadna Shengelaya
She was the actress of luxury beauty and played the best aristocratic characters of classic Russian literature. In particular, Tatyana Larina (Onegin, 1958), Evgenia Grandet (main role in the movie “Garnet Bracelet”, 1960) and duchess Mary in “Shot” (1966). Beauty of the actress attracted attention of many filmmakers. In the late 1950’s – early 1960’s she was one of the most popular actresses of the Soviet cinema. Lyrical talent and uncommon poetic charm of the actress fully revealed her best roles of princesses, countesses and duchesses.
Ariadna became the winner of the II All-Union Film Festival in the category “Award for the actors” in 1959, for the film “Evgeny Onegin”. In 1965 she was named Best actress in a poll of the magazine “Soviet Screen” for her role in “Garnet Bracelet”. Shengelaya is People’s Artist of the Georgian SSR (1979), People’s Artist of Russia (2000).
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Best USSR comedy Kidnapping Caucasian Style

Natalia Varley and Alexander Demyanenko as Nina and Shurik

Natalia Varley and Alexander Demyanenko as Nina and Shurik in Best USSR comedy Kidnapping Caucasian Style, 1966

Best USSR comedy Kidnapping Caucasian Style
Comedy film “Kidnapping, Caucasian Style” (1966), directed by Leonid Gaidai is an unsurpassed classic of cinema, best comedy in history, a real masterpiece of the 20th century! It is no exaggeration to say that the film was watched by every Soviet viewer several times. Only in the USSR it was watched by 76 500 000 people. No one has yet managed to beat Leonid Gaidai. The first time the film was shown on April 1, 1967. The spectators were literally rolling on the floor laughing. In another way, it was simply impossible. It was a completely new approach to cinema. The film “Kidnapping, Caucasian Style” is a masterwork, near and dear to everyone.
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Soviet Estonian actress Eve Kivi

Soviet Estonian actress Eve Kivi

Soviet Estonian actress Eve Kivi

Soviet Estonian actress Eve Kivi was in the first cohort of beauties of Soviet cinema. She was called sex symbol of Soviet cinema, Estonian Brigitte Bardot. Despite the fact that filmography of Eve does not contain a large number of leading roles, she has traveled to 47 countries. Officials clearly wanted to show that the Soviet Union has a beauty not worse than Brigitte Bardot. Men loved Eve, women envied her, and journalists are still gossiping about her tumultuous personal life. She was a secret passion of General Secretary of the Communist Party of the USSR Yuri Andropov. American rebellion, musician and actor Dean Reed said that he lived for her. The personal physician of President Allende fell in love with her. She was in Lamonede with Salvador Allende in his last tragic moments. French actor Georges Rivière was in love with her.
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Soviet actress Ninel Myshkova

Soviet actress Ninel Myshkova in Sadko, 1952

Soviet actress Ninel Myshkova (May 8, 1926, Leningrad, USSR – September 13, 2003, Moscow, Russia) – Soviet film and stage actress. Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1976). Film Sadko, 1952

Soviet actress Ninel Myshkova was born May 8, 1926 in Leningrad. Her father, Konstantin Romanovich Myshkov was a lieutenant general of artillery. In the post-revolutionary period, many parents gave their new-born children unusual names, and Konstantin also didn’t remain aloof from these trends. Name Ninel means LENIN is read from right to left, but Ninel herself did not like her name and preferred to be called Eva. In 1947, Ninel graduated from the Theatre School named after Boris Shchukin, where she studied in the studio of V.K.Lvova. On the same course with Ninel Myshkova studied the future stars of Soviet cinema Yulia Borisova, Alla Parfanyak and Elvira Lutsenko.
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