The son of two poets (his father wrote the Russian national anthem), Konchalovsky originally studied as a concert pianist before moving on to filmmaking, writing scripts for acclaimed director Andrei...
Mikhalkov, an author who was favoured by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, died in a Moscow hospital on Thursday (27Aug09).
He also fathered two noted film directors, Academy Award winner Nikita Mikhalkov and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Andrei Konchalovsky.
Stalin commissioned the former war correspondent to write lyrics for a new Soviet anthem in 1943, during World War II.
Mikhalkov's lyrics, co-written with journalist El Registan, were and set to music by Alexander Alexandrov, and celebrated the dictator who he wrote, "inspired us to labour and to heroism."
The Russian government scrapped the anthem after the Soviet collapse in 1991, replacing it with an instrumental piece by 19th-century Russian composer Mikhail Glinka. However, when Vladimir Putin became Russian president in 2000, he restored the old anthem and Mikhalkov revised the text.
In 2005, Putin personally handed Mikhalkov a state award for "literary and social achievements".
Mikhalkov received numerous state awards for his children's books, film scripts, plays and fiction, including his 1935 children's poem Uncle Styopa, which is still taught in Russian kindergartens and primary schools.
In addition to his sons, Mikhalkov is survived by his wife Yulia Subbotina, ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren
Studied music for 15 years intending to become a concert pianist
Directed first feature, "The First Teacher"
Film "Asya's Happiness" banned by Soviet government (film released in 1988)
Helmed first American TV miniseries, "Odyssey" (to air in 1997)
Abandoned music career; began to study film
Directed "Inner Circle", first film to shoot scenes inside the Kremlin, KGB headquarters and the Soviet Red Army's war college
First American film, "Maria's Lovers"
Formed partnership with director Andrei Tarkovsky; wrote "Kotok I Skripka/THe Steamroller and the Violin"
The son of two poets (his father wrote the Russian national anthem), Konchalovsky originally studied as a concert pianist before moving on to filmmaking, writing scripts for acclaimed director Andrei Tarkovsky. His short thesis film, "The Boy and the Pigeon", won first prize in its category at the 1962 Venice Film Festival and his feature debut, "The First Teacher" (1965), established his reputation for finely-observed, well-acted character studies. "Asya's Happiness" (1967) was suppressed upon completion but released to critical acclaim in 1988.
French; worked as an assistant to film director John Berry
head of Soviet writers union; wrote words to Russian national anthem
younger; appeared in several of Konchalovsky's films
Moscow Conservatory of Music
In 1979, Konchalovsky was granted permission by the Soviet government to become a legal resident of France. He maintains dual citizenship in Russia and France.