Sergei Bondarchuk

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Leading post-WWII actor who later turned to directing with epic reults. While studying under Sergei Gerasimov, Bondarchuk was cast with other students in the director's "The Young Guard" (1948) and later took lead roles ... Read more »
Born: 09/25/1920 in Ukraine

Filmography

Actor (16)

War and Peace 2007 (Movie)

Pierre Bezuhov (Actor)

La Batalla de los Tres Reyes 1990 (Movie)

Selim (Actor)

Boris Godunov 1985 (Movie)

Boris Godunov (Actor)

Otietz Sergii 1977 (Movie)

Father Serge (Actor)

The Steppe 1977 (Movie)

(Actor)

Vrhovi Zelengore 1975 (Movie)

Commissar (Actor)

Oni Srajalis Za Rodinou 1974 (Movie)

Ivan (Actor)

Dyadya Vanya 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Battle of Neretva 1970 (Movie)

Artillery Man (Actor)

A Summer To Remember 1961 (Movie)

Korosteyov (Actor)

Destiny of a Man 1959 (Movie)

Andrei Sokolov (Actor)

It Was Night in Rome 1959 (Movie)

Fyodor Nazukov (Actor)

Othello 1959 (Movie)

Othello (Actor)

The Gadfly 1955 (Movie)

(Actor)

Admiral Ushakov 1953 (Movie)

(Actor)

Taras Shevchenko 1950 (Movie)

Taras Shevchenko (Actor)
Director (8)

...and Quiet Flows the Don 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

War and Peace 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Boris Godunov 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Ten Days That Shook the World 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

The Steppe 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Oni Srajalis Za Rodinou 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Waterloo 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Destiny of a Man 1959 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (5)

...and Quiet Flows the Don 2014 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

War and Peace 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ten Days That Shook the World 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Steppe 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Oni Srajalis Za Rodinou 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Leading post-WWII actor who later turned to directing with epic reults. While studying under Sergei Gerasimov, Bondarchuk was cast with other students in the director's "The Young Guard" (1948) and later took lead roles in such noted Soviet films as "Taras Shevchenko" (1951) and "Othello" (1955), excelling at tragic, heroic parts.

He made his directing debut with the audacious "Destiny of a Man" (1959), in which he stars as an ordinary, unheroic soldier struggling to survive in a German POW camp. Bondarchuk's compelling performance helped the film win the top prize at that year's Moscow Film Festival and earned international acclaim for the director.

After being cast as a Russian POW who escapes from a German camp in Roberto Rossellini's "Era Notte a Roma" (1960), Bondarchuk took on the job of directing the Soviet Union's grandest film production, and the world's most expensive (estimated at $100,000,000)--Tolstoy's "War and Peace".

The eight-hour-long resulting film was originally released in three parts, one part per year from 1965 to 1967. Shot in 70mm wide-screen and color, it is a truly epic achievement, with Bondarchuk starring as Pierre and creating a brilliant visual correlative to Tolstoy's prose. "War and Peace" earned the 1968 Academy Award for best foreign film and is considered one of the finest literary adaptations in cinema history.

In 1970 Bondarchuk began teaching drama at VGIK while continuing to direct and act. His subsequent films, including the epics "Waterloo" (1970) and "Boris Godunov" (1986), did not lived up to his earlier achievements, though they bear the stamp of a mature, accomplished artist.

Relationships

Natalia Bondarchuk

Daughter

Irina Skobtseva

Wife
played Desdemona opposite husband in Yutkevich's "Othello" (1955)

EDUCATION

VGIK

1946
teachers included Sergei Gerasimov

Rostov Theatrical College

1937

Milestones

1959

Film directing debut (also actor), "Subda Cheloveka/Destiny of a Man"

1948

Film acting debut in Sergei Gerasimov's "The Young Guard"

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