Vladimir Menshov

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Vladimir Valentinovich Menshov
Владимир Меньшов 2018.jpg
Born (1939-09-17) 17 September 1939 (age 81)
EducationGerasimov Institute of Cinematography
OccupationActor, director, screenwriter, producer
Notable work
Spouse(s)Vera Alentova
ChildrenYuliya Menshova

Vladimir Valentinovich Menshov (Russian: Влади́мир Валенти́нович Меньшо́в; born 17 September 1939 in Baku) is a Soviet and Russian actor and film director.[1][2] He is noted for depicting the Russian everyman and working class life in his films.

Although his output as an actor outnumbers his output as a director, he is best known for the five films he directed, the most famous of which is the 1979 melodrama Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[3] Actress Vera Alentova, who starred in the film, is the mother of Vladimir Menshov's daughter Yuliya Menshova.


Vladimir Valentinovich Menshov was born on September 17, 1939 in a Russian family in Baku (Azerbaijan SSR). His father Valentin Mikhailovich Menshov was a sailor, then worked in the NKVD, his mother Antonina Alexandrovna Menshova (née Dubovskaya) was a housewife. Because of his father's work, they lived in Baku, Arkhangelsk and Astrakhan.

Prior to joining the Institute, he worked as a machinist student at a factory, at a mine in Vorkuta, as a sailor on a diving boat in Baku, and also as a supporting actor at the Astrakhan Kirov Theater.

In 1961 he entered the acting department of the Moscow Art Theatre School. During the second course Menshov married actress Vera Alentova who was also studying at the same theatre school. In 1965 after graduating he worked for two years as an actor and assistant director at the Stavropol Regional Drama Theater.

In 1970 he graduated from the VGIK postgraduate course in the department of feature film direction (Mikhail Romm's workshop).

From 1970 to 1976, Vladimir Menshov worked under contracts at the film studios Mosfilm, Lenfilm and the Odessa Film Studio. He made a short thesis film On the Question of the Dialectic of the Perception of Art, or Lost Dreams, staged the novel Mess-Mend by Marietta Shaginyan, which was staged at the Leningrad Youth Theater, and wrote the script I'm Serving on the Border at the request of Lenfilm.

In those years his cinematic acting career began: he starred in the title role in the thesis work of his classmate Alexander Pavlovsky Happy Kukushkin. The film was shot at the Odessa Film Studio. Vladimir Menshov also appeared in it as a co-author of the script. The picture received the main prize at the Molodist-71 Kiev Film Festival, and the following year, Menshov received an invitation from director Alexei Sakharov to star in the film A Man in his Place. At the VI All-Union Film Festival in Almaty Menshov was awarded the first prize for the best performance of the male role. After this he was an in demand actor in film.

As an actor, Vladimir Menshov has more than 100 credits. Some of the most popular films with his appearance include How Czar Peter the Great Married Off His Moor (1976), Where is the Nophelet? (1988), Night Watch (2004), Day Watch (2006) and Legend № 17 (2013).

Menshov's directorial debut took place in 1976 with the film Practical Joke. The second picture of Menshov, Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears became one of Russia's box-office record holders, was awarded the State Prize of the USSR, and then the Oscar (1981) as the Best Foreign Language Film.

In 1984, Menchov shot the picture Love and Pigeons based on the play of Vladimir Gurkin.

Vladimir Menshov also directed films: What a Mess! (1995), The Envy of Gods (2000), The Great Waltz (2008).

He wrote screenplays for films: I Serve on the Border (1973), The Night is Short (1981), What a Mess! (1995), The Great Waltz (2008), was the producer of several films, among which: Love of Evil (1998), Chinese Service (1999), Quadrille (1999), The Envy of Gods (2000), Neighbor (2004), Time to collect stones (2005), Shawls (2006), The Great Waltz (2008).

In 2004, Menshov was the host of the Channel One show Last Hero.

Currently Vladimir Menshov is the general director and art director of "Film Studio Genre", which is a subsidiary of Mosfilm.

Expressed support of the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation[4] and was blacklisted in Ukraine in 2015 as a result.[5] In 2016, the Security Service of Ukraine forbid him to enter Ukraine for five years.


President Vladimir Putin awards the 2nd Degree Order "For Merit to the Fatherland" to Menshov, 24 May, 2017

Vladimir Menshov - Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1984), People's Artist of Russia (1989), winner of the State Prizes of the RSFSR (1978, for the film Rally) and the USSR (1981, for the film Moscow Does not Believe in Tears).

He was awarded the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, IV degree (1999).

By the Decree of the Mayor of Moscow on July 30, 2009, Vladimir Menshov was awarded the "For Services to Moscow" badge.

In 2014 he received the Golden Eagle Award as Best Supporting Actor for his role in Legend No. 17.

Personal life[edit]

Vladimir Menshov married actress Vera Alentova in 1962. They have a daughter, Yuliya Menshova.

Partial filmography[edit]

As a director[edit]

Year Title Notes Ref(s)
1976 Practical Joke
1979 Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears
1984 Love and Pigeons
1995 What a Mess!
2000 The Envy of Gods

As an actor[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
1970 Schastlivyy Kukushkin Pashka Kukushkin Short film
1972 Chelovek na Svoyom Meste Semyon Bobrov
1976 How Czar Peter the Great Married Off His Moor Officer
1977 Practical Joke Vladimir Valentovich Uncredited role
1982 Under One Sky Pavlov
1984 Love and Pigeons
1987 Courier Oleg Nikolaevich
1987 Where is the Nophelet? Pavel Golikov
1989 Zerograd Prosecutor
1991 Abdullajon Navlo Buchko
1992 The General Georgy Zhukov
1993 In Order to Survive Oleg Also known under the title Red Mob [6][7]
1995 What a Mess! Russian President / Commentator on TV
1999 8 ½ $ Spartak
2004 Night Watch Geser
2006 Day Watch Geser
2007 The Apocalypse Code Kharitonov
2007 Liquidation Georgy Zhukov Television miniseries
2009 O Lucky Man! Oleg Genrikhovich
2011 Lucky Trouble Tryokhgolovich
2011 Generation P Farseykin
2014 Ekaterina Bestuzhev
2016 After You're Gone


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  2. ^ "Владимир Меньшов, биография, новости, фото - узнай все!". uznayvse.
  3. ^ "The 53rd Academy Awards (1981) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2013-06-15.
  4. ^ Valentina Oberemko. "Владимир Меньшов: «Россия наконец-то перешла от слов к действиям»". Argumenty i Fakty.
  5. ^ "«Черный список» известных россиян на Украине комментируют Меньшов, Алферова, Лоза". Moskovskij Komsomolets.
  6. ^ Zemlyanukhin, Sergey; Segida, Miroslava (1994). Фильмы России: 1991-1994. p. 136. ISBN 5010044501. OCLC 35283407.
  7. ^ "Red Mob – Vinegar Syndrome". Vinegar Syndrome. Retrieved 20 January 2020.

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