Grigori Chukhrai

Director, Screenwriter, Assistant director
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 ... Read more »
Born: 05/22/1921 in Ukraine

Filmography

other (12)

La Vita e bella 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Vita e bella 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Netepichnaja Istoria 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Netepichnaja Istoria 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Pamyat 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pamyat 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

The Onset of an Unknown Age 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)

Clear Sky 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Ballad of a Soldier 1959 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ballad of a Soldier 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

Sorok pervyi 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Pavel Chukhrai

Son
born on October 4, 1946

EDUCATION

VGIK

1951
graduated; entered 1939 but studies interrupted by WWII; studied under Mikhail Romm and Sergei Yutkevich

Milestones

1984

Final film, "I'll Teach You to Dream"

1979

Helmed "La Vita e Bella/Life Is Wonderful/Life Is Beautiful", a Russian-Italian co-production about a politically persecuted taxi driver

1978

Returned to fictional features with "Netepichnaja istoria/An Untypical Story" (a.k.a. "Tryasina/Quagmire")

1972

Directed the documentary "Pamyat/Memory/Remembrance"

1968

Made the non-fiction film "Stalingrad"

1966

Appointed head of the Moscow Experimental Film Unit

1965

Helmed "There Was an Old Man and an Old Woman", about an elderly couple who journey to visit their daughter

1961

Made what is arguably his masterpiece, "The Clear Sky/Clear Skies"

1959

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)

1956

Feature film directing debut, "The Forty-First", a remake of the 1928 silent "Sorok pervyi"

1955

Moved to Moscow

1954

Debut as director, co-directing "Nazar Stodolya" with V. Ivchenko

1953

First feature as assistant director, "Admiral Ushakov", directed by his teacher Mikhail Romm

1951

After finishing film studies, offered job at Mosfilms but declined and moved to Kiev

1939

Entered film school; studies interrupted by WWII

Raised on a collective farm

Offered job at Mosfilms but declined and moved to Kiev to work as assistant to V. Braun

Served in the airborne infantry during WWII; was wounded several times

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