Leonid Gaidai

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Birthday: Jan 30, 1923
Birthplace: Svobodny, Amur province, Soviet Union. [now Russia]
In his native Russia, Leonid Gaidai was considered a master of satirical comedy. Before studying film direction at Moscow's VGIK in the early '50s, Gaidai had graduated from the Drama Theater in Irkutsk in 1947 and established himself as a stage actor. Gaidai graduated from VGIK in 1955 and was co-director on Valentin Nevzorov's Dolgiy Put/The Long Way (1956). Dolgiy Put was a deadly serious and disturbing adaptation of the stories of V.G. Korolenko. Gaidai's sophomore effort, Zhenikh sTogo Sveta/The Bridegroom From the Other World, represented his first foray into satirical comedy and was a critical and popular success. Gaidai went on become the Soviet Union's main creator of slapstick comedies. He co-wrote most of his scripts and occasionally appeared in bit parts.

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No Score Yet Kidnapping Caucassian Style, or Shurik's New Adventures Screenwriter Director 2012
No Score Yet The Diamond Arm (Brilliantovaya ruka) Director 1998
No Score Yet Na Deribasovskoy Khoroshaya Pogoda, Na Braiton Bich Opyat Idut Dozhdi Director 1992
No Score Yet Sportloto-82 Director 1982
No Score Yet Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future (Ivan Vasilevich Menyaet Professiyu) Director 1973
No Score Yet Twelve Chairs (12 stulyev) Director 1971
No Score Yet Kavkazskaya plennitsa, ili Novye priklyucheniya Shurika (Kidnapping Caucassian Style) Director 1966
No Score Yet Operatsiya Y i drugiye priklyucheniya Shurika (Operation Y and Other Shurik's Adventures) Director 1965
No Score Yet Delovye lyudi (Business People) Screenwriter Director

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