Vsevolod Pudovkin

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
Pudovkin is often designated as the second great artist of the Soviet silent film; his accomplishments have often taken a back seat to those of his more bellicose contemporary, Sergei Eisenstein. The difference between ... Read more »
Born: 02/16/1893 in Russia

Filmography

Actor (3)

Ivan Grozny Part II 1945 (Movie)

Nikola--Beggar Simpleton (Actor)

Ivan Grozny Part I 1944 (Movie)

Nikola--Beggar Simpleton (Actor)

Mother 1925 (Movie)

(Actor)
Director (1)

The Return of Vasili Bortnikov 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Pudovkin is often designated as the second great artist of the Soviet silent film; his accomplishments have often taken a back seat to those of his more bellicose contemporary, Sergei Eisenstein. The difference between the two directors is typified in the oft-quoted statement of French critic Leon Moussinac: "Pudovkin's films resemble a song, Eisenstein's a scream." But if Eisenstein gained notoriety as the more resolutely avant-garde film artist, it was Pudovkin who arguably made the more enduring contributions to the medium, refining the body of techniques--pioneered by D.W. Griffith--which today compose the seamless continuity of the psychological film.

EDUCATION

GIK

studied with Vladimir Gardin and Lev Kuleshov

University of Moscow

studied interrupted by WWI just before completion; resumed studies and completed degree after war

Milestones

1953

Last directorial effort, "Vozrashcheni Vasiliya Bortnikova/ Vasili's Return"

1953

Awarded the Order of Lenin

1938

Returned to filmmaking with the feature "Sons", co-directed by Mikhail Doller

1935

Injured in an auto accident, in which the scriptwriter of "Mother", Nathan Zarkhi, dies

1926

Directs feature masterpiece, "Mother"

1926

Begins writing film theory pamphlets, which would eventually be published in English under the titles "Film Technique" and "Film Acting"

1925

First solo full-length directorial effort, the scientific documentary, "Mechanics of the Brain"

1923

Screenwriting debut, "Locksmith and Chancellor"

1922

Joined Kuleshov's "experimental laboratory"

1921

Co-directed documentary, "Hunger-Hunger-Hunger"

1921

Debut as assistant director of "agitka", "Sickle and Hammer"

1920

Film acting debut in Perestiani's agitprop film "In the Days of Struggle"

1920

Enrolled in Moscow's State Institute of Cinematography

Became assistant director to school's principals Vladimir Gardin and Ivan Perestiani

Decided to leave chemistry behind after viewing D.W. Griffith's "Intolerance"

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