Nikolai Ekk

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Nikolai Ekk
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Nikolai Ekk on 2002 Russian stamp
Nikolai Vladimirovich Ivakin

(1902-06-14)14 June 1902
Died14 July 1976(1976-07-14) (aged 74)
OccupationFilm director

Nikolai Vladimirovich Ekk (Russian: Николай Владимирович Экк) (14 June 1902 – 14 July 1976) was a Soviet film director and screenwriter. "Ekk" was in fact a pseudonym; his real surname was Ivakin (Russian: Ивакин).[1]

Born in Riga, he studied acting and directing in the theater of Vsevolod Meyerhold. He directed six feature films between 1929 and 1967. Among them was the first Soviet sound film Road to Life and the first Soviet color motion picture film The Nightingale.


  • How Should and How Shouldn't (Как надо и как не надо) (1929)
  • Road to Life (Путёвка в жизнь) (1931)
  • The Nightingale (Груня Корнакова) (1936)
  • The Fair of Sorochinsk (Сорочинская ярмарка) (1938)
  • When the Snow Is Falling... (Когда падает снег...) (1962)
  • A Man in a Green Glove (1967)


Nikolai Ekk was married to Ukrainian film actress Valentina Ivashova.[2]


  1. ^ Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1969–1978) // 3rd edition. Moscow: Soviet Encyclopedia
  2. ^ "Ивашёва Валентина Семёновна".

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