One of the first post-war Soviet filmmakers to gain international prominence, Grigory Chukhrai is perhaps best recalled for what are arguably his two masterpeices, "Ballad of a Soldier" (1959), for wh...
Feature film directing debut, "The Forty-First", a remake of the 1928 silent "Sorok pervyi"
Final film, "I'll Teach You to Dream"
After finishing film studies, offered job at Mosfilms but declined and moved to Kiev
Offered job at Mosfilms but declined and moved to Kiev to work as assistant to V. Braun
Returned to fictional features with "Netepichnaja istoria/An Untypical Story" (a.k.a. "Tryasina/Quagmire")
Entered film school; studies interrupted by WWII
First feature as assistant director, "Admiral Ushakov", directed by his teacher Mikhail Romm
Moved to Moscow
Debut as director, co-directing "Nazar Stodolya" with V. Ivchenko
Won international attention for "Ballad of a Soldier"; became first film from the Soviet Union to be entered in an American film festival (at the 1960 San Francisco Film Festival where it took top honors)
Directed the documentary "Pamyat/Memory/Remembrance"
Appointed head of the Moscow Experimental Film Unit
Made the non-fiction film "Stalingrad"
Served in the airborne infantry during WWII; was wounded several times
Helmed "La Vita e Bella/Life Is Wonderful/Life Is Beautiful", a Russian-Italian co-production about a politically persecuted taxi driver
Made what is arguably his masterpiece, "The Clear Sky/Clear Skies"
Helmed "There Was an Old Man and an Old Woman", about an elderly couple who journey to visit their daughter
One of the first post-war Soviet filmmakers to gain international prominence, Grigory Chukhrai is perhaps best recalled for what are arguably his two masterpeices, "Ballad of a Soldier" (1959), for which he earned numerous accolades, and "Clear Skies/The Clear Sky" (1961), which served as a metaphor for life under the repressive regime of Josef Stalin.