Dimitri Kirsanoff

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Dimitri Kirsanoff
Born Markus David Sussmanovitch Kaplan
6 March 1899
Juryev, Governorate of Estonia, Russian Empire
(modern Tartu, Estonia)
Died 11 February 1957
Paris, France
Cause of death
Heart attack
Nationality Russian (Latvian or Estonian)
Education École Normale de Musique, Paris
Occupation film director
Spouse(s) Nadia Sibirskaïa
Berthe Noëlla Bessette (later known as Monique Kirsanoff)

Dimitri Kirsanoff (Russian: Дими́трий Кирса́нов) (6 March 1899 – 11 February 1957) was an early filmmaker, considered part of the French Impressionist movement in film. He is known for his inexpensively made experimental films.[1]

Early life[edit]

Kirsanoff was born Markus David Sussmanovitch Kaplan (Маркус Давид Зусманович Каплан)[2] in Tartu (then Juryev), Estonia, then Russian Empire in 1899. In the early 1920s he moved to Paris and became involved in cinema through playing cello in the orchestra at showings.[3] He began making films on his own, and never worked with a production company.[1]

Filmography[edit]

  • L'ironie du destin (1923)
  • Ménilmontant (1926)
  • Sables (1927)
  • Destin (1927)
  • Brumes d'automne (1929)
  • Rapt: la séparation des races (1934)
  • Les berceaux (1935)
  • Visages de France (1936)
  • La fontaine d'Aréthuse (1936)
  • La jeune fille au jardin (1936)
  • Franco de port (1937)
  • La plus belle fille du monde ne peut donner que ce qu'elle a (1938)
  • L'avion de minuit (1938)
  • Quartier sans soleil (1939, released 1945)
  • Deux amis (1946)
  • Faits divers à Paris (1950)
  • Arrière-saison (1950)
  • La mort du cerf: une chasse à courre à Villiers-Cotterets (1951)
  • Le témoin de minuit (1953)
  • Le crâneur (1955)
  • Ce soir les jupons volent (1956)
  • Miss Catastrophe (1957)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b David Bordwell & Kristin Thompson, 1993. Film History: An Introduction. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Dictionnaire du cinéma français des années vingt". Association française de recherche sur l'histoire du cinéma (AFRHC). Retrieved 2008-03-02. 

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