Mikhail Kalatozov

Director, Director of photography, Cameraman
Began his career as an actor, editor and cameraman at the Tiflis studios. Kalatozov's second feature as a director, "The Salt of Svanetia" (1930), was considered a landmark of early Russian cinema, but his third, "The ... Read more »
Born: 12/23/1903 in Russia

Filmography

Director (3)

I am Cuba 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

La Tenda rossa 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

The Cranes Are Flying 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Began his career as an actor, editor and cameraman at the Tiflis studios. Kalatozov's second feature as a director, "The Salt of Svanetia" (1930), was considered a landmark of early Russian cinema, but his third, "The Nail in the Boot" (1932), was banned by the Soviet authorities for "negativism." His output was sporadic during the 1930s and 40s (partly due to his being consigned to a series of administrative posts) but he earned widespread international acclaim for "The Cranes Are Flying" (1957). A poignant WWII drama featuring a fine central performance from Tatiana Samoilova and some rather gymnastic camera techniques, "Cranes" was a co-winner of the best film award at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival. Kalatozov's subsequent work has been relatively unexceptional.

Milestones

1949

Returned to filmmaking at Mosfilm Studios

1944

Became Deputy Minister of Cinematography

1932

"The Nail in the Boot" banned for 'negativism'; Kalatazov transferred to administrative duties at studio

1923

Began working at Tiflis film studios as editor and cameraman

Named Head of Feature Film Production Administration Dept.

Soviet cultural representative in Los Angeles during WWII

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