Igor Andreyevich Savchenko (11 October 1906 - 14 December 1950) was a writer and director of films, often cited as one of the great early Soviet filmmakers, alongside Sergei Eisenstein and Vsevolod Pudovkin and Aleksandr Dovzhenko. He is also known for teaching the genius Sergei Parajanov at the famous Russian film school VGIK, also attended by Parajanov's best friend Mikhail Vartanov.
Igor A. Savchenko was born on September 28 October 11) in 1906 in Vinnitsa (now Ukraine). In 1926-1929, he studied at the Leningrad Institute of Performing Arts. In 1932, he played on the stage and doing performances at the Moscow tram. Since 1931, he served as a film director. In 1934, he staged one of the first Soviet musical comedy "Harmony" (poem by A. Zharov), about the life of Komsomol village, where he played the role of a kulak son. The theme of the Civil War in the Ukraine, the heroic past of Ukrainian and Russian peoples formed the sones film "Ballad of Cossack Golota" (from a story by AP Gaidar "R. VS", 1937) and the film - the legend "Riders" (in YI Janowski . working in this genre, the master sought dramatization action, imaginative poetry, passed the national colors, the atmosphere of a historical epoch. Close phenomenon of Soviet cinema became he created monumental folk heroic drama "Bogdan Khmelnitsky" (1941) scenario A. Korneichuk . Struggle of the Ukrainian nation, its freedom-loving tradition of poetic, exciting, colorfully recreated in the film. In 1946 the director returned to his comedic theme, putting one of the first Soviet color feature films "Old vaudeville" (in vaudeville "Az and dandy" P. Fedorov ). In the picture a special emphasis on the patriotism of the Russian people in the Patriotic War of 1812, and also paid tribute to a popular topic in the postwar year ridiculing the German nation. Events of the Great Patriotic War devoted to films "Guerrillas in the steppes of Ukraine" (1942, based on the play AE Korneychuka and "Ivan Nikulin - Russian Sailor" (1944, based on novel by L. V. Soloviev ). film "third strike" ( 1948) about the impact of the Third Red Army Stalin c unforgettable strength at that time with battle scenes later criticized as yet another monument to Stalin era. Premature death interrupted the Wizard of historical and biografichskim film "Taras Shevchenko" (1951, finished AA ALOV, V. Naumov, LA Fayzieva ). The film tells about the life of Ukrainian poet T. Shevchenko under topical political issues feudal Russia 1840-1860. Creativity Savchenko - bright, kind of artist, master of monumental paintings - made a great contribution to the development of Soviet cinema. But since the 60s, his films rarely shown on TV or not displayed at all.
In 1946 the director directing workshop headed the Institute of Cinematography . Among his students: A. Alov A., B. Naumov, G. S. Gabay, L. Faiziev, F. E. Mironer, Y. N. Ozerov, S. I. Parajanov, M. Hutsiev M., A. Korenev A., A. Zakrevskii, Lev Ivanov, LS Danilov.
IA Savchenko died 14 December 1950 . Buried in Moscow at the Novodevichy Cemetery (plot number 4).