Nikolai Ekk

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Nikolai Ekk
Born Nikolai Vladimirovich Ivakin
(1902-06-14)14 June 1902
Riga, Russian Empire
(now Latvia)
Died 14 July 1976(1976-07-14) (aged 74)
Moscow, Soviet Union
(now Russia)
Occupation Film director

Nikolai Vladimirovich Ekk (Russian: Николай Владимирович Экк), real name Ivakin (Russian: Ивакин) (14 June 1902 – 14 July 1976), was a Soviet film director and screenwriter.

Born in Riga, he studied acting and directing in the theater of Vsevolod Meyerhold. He directed 4 films between 1931 and 1941, among which the first Soviet sound film Road to Life.


  • Road to Life (Путёвка в жизнь) (1931)
  • Grunya Kornakova (Груня Корнакова) (1936)
  • The Fair of Sorochinsk (Сорочинская ярмарка) (1939)
  • Night of May (Майская ночь) (1941)

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