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Sergey Bondarchuk

Highest Rated: 100% War and Peace (Voyna i Mir) (1968)

Lowest Rated: 27% Waterloo (1970)

Birthday: Sep 25, 1920

Birthplace: Not Available

Ukraine-born actor/director Sergei Bondarchuk was trained for a performing career at the Rostov Theatrical Institute, then applied himself to learning the intricacies of behind-the-camera work at the All Union State Film Institute. His first acting opportunity occured in a special services unit with the Soviet Army during World War II, after which he became a member of the actor's faculty of the Moscow Film Institute. Bondarchuk's initial film role was in The Young Guard (1948), but the first part to win him fame was in 1951's Taras Shevchenko. His subsequent activities have been almost exclusively within the boundaries of the former Soviet Union, though Bondarchuk did appear in Roberto Rossellini's It Was Night in Rome (1960) and directed the Italian-Russian coproduction Waterloo (1970), which he also scripted. For most American filmgoers, Sergei Bondarchuk's fame rests upon his mega-epic, the five-hour-plus 1966 version of War and Peace, which took the director nearly seven years to complete (the Russian release was in two parts, totaling 507 minutes). For this daunting project, which won an American Oscar for Best Foreign Film, Bondarchuk not only directed but played the major role of Pierre Bezukhov. Astonishing for the opulence of its Russian-court scenes and its spectacular battle sequences (one of these running nearly an hour), Sergei Bondarchuk's War and Peace is compromised only by the clumsy English-language dubbing and the ongoing complaints of animal activists over the disturbing number of horses killed "in the line of duty." Bondarchuk went on to direct several more epics but none of his subsequent films failed to repeat his previous success. His last directorial effort, a TV-minisiries based on Mikhail Sholokhov's Tikhy Don/And Quiet Flows the Don (1992), produced in Italy and filmed in Yugoslavia, did not draw any international attention and couldn't even to make it to Russia because of the foreign-owned copyright. Bondarchuk's widow, actress Irina Skobtseva, desperately fought against the Italian producer of the film, trying to make it available in the director's homeland.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet Step Actor Director Screenwriter 2012
No Score Yet Otello (Othello) Actor 2010
No Score Yet Battle of the Three Kings, The Selim 1990
No Score Yet Boris Godunov, (Boris Godunov) Boris Godunov Director Screenwriter 1986
No Score Yet Era notte a Roma (Escape by Night) Sergenodor Nazukov - Russo 1982
No Score Yet Que Viva Mexico (Que Viva Mexico! - Da zdravstvuyet Meksika!) Actor 1979
No Score Yet Oni srazhalis za rodinu (They Fought for Their Country) (They Fought for the Motherland) Director Ivan 1975
27% Waterloo Screenwriter 1970
No Score Yet Dyadya Vanya (Uncle Vanya) Dr. Astrov 1970
No Score Yet The Battle of Neretva Martin 1969
100% War and Peace (Voyna i Mir) Pierre Bezukhov Screenwriter Producer Director 1968
No Score Yet Destiny of a Man Andrey Sokolov Director 1961
No Score Yet Seryozha (A Summer to Remember) (Splendid Days) Korostelyov 1960
No Score Yet The Grasshopper Doctor Dymov 1955

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