Elem Klimov

Birthday: Jul 9, 1933
Birthplace: Stalingrad, Soviet Union. [now Volgograd, Russia]
Russian filmmaker Elem Klimov's best known film in the West is the gripping, internationally acclaimed war drama Idi i Smotri/Come and See (1985), a film that simultaneously chronicles the rape of the Byelorussian people and their land by the Nazi invaders in 1943 and pays tribute to the strength and resilience of the Russian peasants who stood fast, determined to survive in the face of genocide. His earlier films were satires that criticized the communist state. In turn, his work was not appreciated by authorities. Klimov also directed a few sports docudramas. Another of his better known films is Agoniya/Rasputin (1975) a biography of the notorious rake in which Klimov blended old documentary footage with new dramatic, color scenes. The film was considered without point and was not released in the Soviet Union until 1981 at the Moscow Film Festival. His 1985 entry in the same festival, Come and See earned Klimov the Grand Prix. He was married to noted filmmaker Larisa Shepitko who died in 1979 while filming Farewell. He later finished the film for her and released it in 1981. During perestroika he was elected the First Secretary of the Filmmakers Union. He negotiated with American producers about the adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov's cult novel Master and Margarita but the project failed to materialize.

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No Score Yet I vsyo-taki ya veryu... Director 2014
No Score Yet Agoniya (Agony: Life and Death of Rasputin) Director 1985
96% Come and See (Idi i smotri) Director Screenwriter 1985
No Score Yet Proshchanie (Farewell) (Farewell to Matyora) Director 1983
No Score Yet Rasputin Director 1977
No Score Yet Agony: The Life and Death on Rasputin Director 1975
No Score Yet Novogodnaya skazka Director 1968
No Score Yet Adventures of a Dentist (Pokhozhdeniya zubnogo vracha) Director 1965
No Score Yet Welcome, or No Trespassing (Dobro pozhalovat) Director 1964


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