Alexander Dovzhenko

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
Born to illiterate, impoverished peasants who were descendants of Cossacks, Alexander Dovzhenko completed his education and left the Desna River Valley to become a school teacher. His aspirations in the arts led to ... Read more »
Born: 09/12/1894 in Ukraine

Filmography

Director (2)

Arsenal 1928 (Movie)

(Director)

Arsenal 1927 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (2)

The Flaming Years 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Arsenal 1928 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Born to illiterate, impoverished peasants who were descendants of Cossacks, Alexander Dovzhenko completed his education and left the Desna River Valley to become a school teacher. His aspirations in the arts led to involvement in literary circles after the Communist Revolution of 1917, a revolution he embraced as the first step toward Ukrainian national independence. He joined the army and later studied art in Berlin. In 1923, he returned to his beloved Ukraine to launch a career as an illustrator. His painter's eye was expressed in detailed political cartoons and book illustrations which supported the "People's Republic." His films would express his strong ties to Ukrainian culture, particularly in the romantically nationalistic "Zvenyhora" (1928) and "Arsenal" (1929), considered his most complete and masterful works.

Relationships

Barbara Krylova

Wife
married in 1920 divorced in 1926

Julia Solntseva

Wife
married from 1927 until his death

EDUCATION

Commercial Institute

Commercial Institute

Academy of Fine Arts

studied painting with Erich Heckel

Teachers Institute

1910 - 1914

Milestones

1926

Co-directing (with F. Lopatinsky) and screenwriting debut, "Vasya the Reformer"

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