Grigori Kozintsev

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Grigori Kozintsev in 1958

Grigori Mikhaylovich Kozintsev (Russian: Григо́рий Миха́йлович Ко́зинцев; 22 March [O.S. 9 March] 1905 in Kiev – 11 May 1973 in Leningrad, now Saint Petersburg) was a Soviet theatre and film director. He was named People's Artist of the USSR in 1964. In 1965 he was a member of the jury at the 4th Moscow International Film Festival.[1] Two years later he was a member of the jury of the 5th Moscow International Film Festival.[2] In 1971 he was the President of the Jury at the 7th Moscow International Film Festival.[3]


He studied at the Imperial Academy of Arts. As a theatre director he was part of Eccentricism, a modernist avant garde movement that spanned Russian futurism and constructivism, which included the theatre of Vsevolod Meyerhold and Sergei Eisenstein. Kozintsev contributed the "Salvation in the Trousers" section to the Eccentric Manifesto, published on 9 July 1922 (the other contributors were Leonid Trauberg, Sergei Yutkevich and Georgii Kryzhitskii) and was involved with the Factory of the Eccentric Actor group.

He began making films in 1921. His silent features, including The Overcoat (1926) and The New Babylon (1929), had a ring of Expressionism, while the early sound film Alone (1931) used experimental montage sound techniques. Some of his early films were launched under the FEKS label.[4] Kozintsev is most renowned by his adaptations of William Shakespeare (King Lear and Hamlet) and Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote.


Note: all films before 1947 are co-directed with Leonid Trauberg
Year Original Title English Title Notes
1924 Похождения Октябрины The Adventures of Oktyabrina director; screenwriter; film is lost
1925 Мишки против Юденича Mishki versus Yudenich director; screenwriter; film is lost
1926 Чёртово колесо The Devil's Wheel director
Шинель The Overcoat director
1927 С.В.Д. The Club of the Big Deed director
Братишка Little Brother director; screenwriter; film is lost
1929 Новый Вавилон The New Babylon director; screenwriter
1931 Одна Alone director; screenwriter
1934 Юность Максима The Youth of Maxim director; screenwriter
1937 Возвращение Максима The Return of Maxim director; screenwriter
1938 Выборгская сторона The Vyborg Side director; screenwriter
1943 Юный Фриц The Young Fritz director; film is lost
1946 Простые люди Simple People director; screenwriter
1947 Пирогов Pirogov director
1953 Белинский Belinsky director; screenwriter
1957 Дон Кихот Don Quixote director
1964 Гамлет Hamlet director; screenwriter
1971 Король Лир King Lear director; screenwriter


  1. ^ "4th Moscow International Film Festival (1965)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 14 September 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "5th Moscow International Film Festival (1967)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 14 September 2015. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "7th Moscow International Film Festival (1971)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 14 September 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Kolocotroni, Vassiliki, Jane Goldman and Olga Taxidou, eds. (1998) Modernism: An Anthology of Sources and Documents. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 0-7486-0973-3. pp. 295–297.

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