Ivan Perestiani

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Ivan Perestiani
Born Ivan Nikolaevich Perestiani
13 April [O.S. 1 April] 1870
Taganrog, Russian Empire
Died 14 May 1959(1959-05-14) (aged 89)
Moscow, USSR
Occupation Film director
Script-writer
Actor

Ivan Nikolaevich Perestiani (also Ivane, Georgian: ივანე პერესტიანი; Russian: Иван Николаевич Перестиани; 13 April [O.S. 1 April] 1870 — 14 May 1959) was a film director, script-writer and actor, People's Artist of the Georgian SSR (1949). He was an ethnic Greek, his original name being Giannis Nikolas Perestianis.

Biography[edit]

The Birthhouse of Ivan Perestiani in Taganrog.© TaganrogCity.Com

Ivan Perestiani was born in the city of Taganrog into the family of Nikolay Afanasievich Perestiani on April 13, 1870. His first actor's experience was onstage of Taganrog Theatre under name of Ivan Nevedomov in 1886. The first movie roles played by Perestiani were Grif starogo bortsa aka Griffon of an Old Warrior and Zhizn za zhizn aka A Life for a Life in 1916. During Russian Civil War, he wrote scenario for several short films.

In 1920 Ivan Perestiani moved to Tbilisi, becoming one of the founding fathers of Georgian cinematography. In 1921, he staged the first Soviet Georgian historical and revolutionary film Arsen Jorjiashvili aka The Murder of General Gryaznov, where he also played the role of Vorontsov-Dashkov. The silent black-and-white movie Tsiteli eshmakunebi (Russian title Krasnye dyavolyata (Little Red Devils)) that he staged in 1923 basing on the novel by Pavel Blyakhin is considered as one of his best film director's works.

Perestiani worked several year at Odessa Cinema Studio, Armenfilm studio, and finally returned to Tbilisi in 1939. For his achievements he was awarded with three orders and the honorary title of People's Artist of the Georgian SSR in 1949. He died in Moscow on May 14, 1959.

Filmography[edit]

Director[edit]

  • Love - Hate - Death (Любовь - Ненависть - Смерть) (1918)
  • Eva (1918)
  • Word of Honour (Честное слово) (1918)
  • Father and Son (Отец и сын) (1919)
  • In the Days of Struggle (В дни борьбы) (1920)
  • The Murder of General Gryaznov (Arsena Jorjiashvili) (1921)
  • The Suram Fortress (Suramis tsikhe, Сурамская крепость) (1922)
  • Man Is Enemy (Katsi katsistvis mgelia, Человек человеку волк) (1923)
  • Red Imps (Tsiteli eshmakunebi, Красные дьяволята) (1923)
  • Three Lives (Sami sitsotskhle, Три жизни) (1924)
  • The Case of Tariel Mklavadze (Tariel mklavadzis mkvlelobis saqme, Дело Тариэла Мклавадзе) (1925)
  • Savur-Mogila (Савур-могила) (1926)
  • The Crime of Shirvanskaya (Shirvanskayas danashauli, Преступление княжны Ширванской) (1926)
  • The Punishment of Shirvanskaya (Sasdjeli, Наказание княжны Ширванской) (1926)
  • Ilan-dili (Иллан Дилли) (1926)
  • Nest of Wasps (Krazanas bude, Осиное гнездо) (1927)
  • In the Bog (Gaplangva, В трясине) (1928)
  • Scandal (1929)
  • Zamallu (Замаллу) (1929)
  • Light and Shadows (Свет и тени) (1931)
  • Anush (Ануш) (1931)
  • Idler (Лодырь) (1932)
  • Two Friends (Ori megobari) (1937)

Actor[edit]

  • Akakis akvani(1947) .... Director of Gymnasium
  • Davit Guramishvili (1946) .... Minister
  • David Bek (1944) .... Nuncio of Pope
  • Giorgi Saakadze (1942) .... Russian Ambassador
  • Diadi gantiadi (1938) .... General
  • Arsena (1937) .... Baron Rozen
  • Sev tevi tak (1930) .... General
  • Katsi katsistvis mgelia (1923) .... Carter
  • Arsena Jorjiashvili (1921) .... Vorontsov-Dashkov
  • Khveska (1920) .... Doctor
  • Otetz i syn (1919)
  • Chestnoe slovo (1918)
  • Eva (1918)
  • Liubov - nenavist - smert (1918)
  • Revolutsioner (1917) .... Granddad, an old revolutionary
  • Umirayushchii Lebed aka The Dying Swan (1917) .... Glinskiy's friend
  • Grif starogo bortsa (1916) ... aka Griffon of an Old Warrior
  • Zhizn za zhizn aka A Life for a Life (1916) .... Zhurov, the merchant

Writer[edit]

  • Porposti (1941)
  • Ori megobari (1937) ... aka Dva druga (Russian title) ... aka Two Friends (English title)
  • Anush (1931)
  • Krazanas bude (1927)
  • Sami sitsotskhle (1924)
  • Suramis tsikhe (1922) ... aka The Suram Fortress (literal English title)
  • Arsena Jorjiashvili (1921)
  • V dni borbi (1920) ... aka In the Days of Struggle (English title)
  • Chestnoe slovo (1918)
  • Revolutsioner (1917)
  • Grif starogo bortsa (1916)

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