Vladimir Menshov

Vladimir Menshov

Known for: Acting
Biography: 1939-09-17
Deathday: 2021-07-05 (81 years old)

Biography

Vladimir Valentinovich Menshov (Russian: Влади́мир Валенти́нович Меньшо́в; 17 September 1939 – 5 July 2021) was a Soviet and Russian actor and film director. He was noted for depicting the Russian everyman and working class life in his films. Although Menshov mostly worked as an actor, he is better known for the films he directed, especially for the 1979 melodrama Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Actress Vera Alentova, who starred in the film, is the mother of Vladimir Menshov's daughter Yuliya Menshova. Menshov was born in a Russian family in Baku, Azerbaijan SSR. His father, Valentin Mikhailovich Menshov, was a sailor and later an NKVD officer; his mother Antonina Aleksandrovna Menshova (née Dubovskaya) was a housewife. Because of his father's work, the family lived in Baku, Arkhangelsk and Astrakhan.As a teenager Menshov 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 an understudying actor at the Astrakhan Drama Theater. In 1961 he entered the acting department of the Moscow Art Theatre School. During the second year he married actress Vera Alentova who was also studying at the same theatre school. In 1965 he graduated from the acting department. After graduating, he worked for two years as 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, wrote the stage version of 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 was a co-author of the script. The picture received the main prize at the Molodist-71 Kiev Film Festival Menshov starred in a 1972 film by Alexei Sakharov called A Man in His Place. In 1973 Menshov was awarded the first prize for the best performance at the VI All-Union Film Festival in Almaty.As an actor, Vladimir Menshov has 117 credits. Some of the most popular films that feature him include How Czar Peter the Great Married Off His Moor (1976), Where is the Nophelet? (1987), Night Watch (2004), Day Watch (2006) and Legend № 17 (2013).Menshov's directorial debut took place in 1976, it was the film Practical Joke. Menshov's second picture, 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. The film tells the story of lives of three women over two decades. It was also a box-office hit.In 1984, Menchov directed the film Love and Pigeons based on the play of Vladimir Gurkin.Vladimir Menshov also directed the following films: What a Mess! (1995), The Envy of Gods (2000), and The Great Waltz. The Great Waltz was not finished.He wrote screenplays for the 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), A Time to Gather Stones (2005), Shawls (2006), and The Great Waltz.In 2004, Menshov was the host of the Channel One show Last Hero.Vladimir Menshov was the general director and art director of "Film Studio Genre", which is a subsidiary of Mosfilm.In 2011 as the chair of the Russian Academy Award committee he refused to co-sign the decision to nominate Nikita Mikhalkov's film Burnt by the Sun 2: The Citadel as the Russian submission for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.He expressed support for the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation and was blacklisted in Ukraine in 2015 as a result.

Filmography

all 115

Movies 94

TV Shows 21

Director 9

Producer 7

Writer 3

self 1

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«Lucky»

«Lucky» (2021)

TV
General-leitenant VS
Stoyanov

Stoyanov (2019)

TV
Пётр Иванович (начальник РОВД)
Актриса

Актриса (2017)

TV
Ivan Ivanovich Ivanov
Ivanovy

Ivanovy (2016)

Movie
Алексей Николаевич Нечаев
Experience

Experience (2015)

Movie
граф Алексей Бестужев
Ekaterina

Ekaterina (2014)

TV
Лев Николаевич Толстой
What Men Still Talk About

What Men Still Talk About (2011)

Movie
6.33
Vladimir Andreevich
Lovey-Dovey 3

Lovey-Dovey 3 (2011)

Movie
6
Oleg Genrikhovich
O, Luckyman!

O, Luckyman! (2009)

Movie
Lev Ilyich Sharov
Enchanted Region

Enchanted Region (2006)

TV
General Palmetov
CU

CU (2006)

TV
старший брат Лев Ильич Шаров / Лев Ильич Шаров / старший брат Лев Ильич Шаров
Region

Region (2003)

TV
Merchant Satanovsky
Chinese Tea-Set

Chinese Tea-Set (2000)

Movie
Aleksandr Danilovich Menshikov
Tsarevich Aleksey

Tsarevich Aleksey (1996)

Movie
Podpolkovnik Ovsyannikov
Ivin A.

Ivin A. (1990)

Movie
Chelovek so shramom
Отче наш

Отче наш (1990)

Movie
The Prosecutor
Zerograd

Zerograd (1988)

Movie
Vadim Nikolaevich
A Little Doll

A Little Doll (1988)

Movie
Feodosiy Ivanovich
Year of a Calf

Year of a Calf (1986)

Movie
Steve Brustner - agent CRU
Interception

Interception (1986)

Movie
Guest on Katya's birthday
Courier

Courier (1986)

Movie
Martyamov matros
Salty Dog

Salty Dog (1974)

Movie

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1990
2004
1991
2023

Information

Known For
Acting

Gender
Male

Birthday
1939-09-17

Deathday
2021-07-05 (81 years old)

Birth Place
Baku, USSR [now Azerbaijan]

Children
Yuliya Menshova

Citizenships
Soviet Union, Russia

Also Known As
Владимир Меньшов, Vladimir Men'shov, Wladimir Walentinowitsch Menschow, V. Menshov

Awards
Order "For Merit to the Fatherland" II class, Order "For Merit to the Fatherland" III class, Order "For Merit to the Fatherland" IV class, Honored art worker of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Honorary citizen of Astrakhan, N.K. Krupskaya's state award, USSR State Prize, Golden Eagle Awards, People's Artist of the RSFSR

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