Aleksej Jurevic German

Aleksej Jurevic German

Russia

I regard myself as an unrealized, and, on the whole, failed, unhappy man.    

Biography

Aleksei Yuryevich German was born in Leningrad in 1938, the son of writer Yuri Pavlovich German. He earned a degree in theatre direction. In 1968 with Aronov he made THE SEVENTH COMPANION (Sedmoy sputnik), a film that was banned. In 1969, the same fate befell TRIAL ON THE ROAD (Proverka na dorogach), inspired by a novel written by his father. In 1976, he directed TWENTY DAYS WITHOUT WAR (Dvadtsat dney bez voyny), based on the novel by Simonov, who saved the film from the censors. In 1984, German again turned to one of his father’s novels to make MY FRIEND IVAN LAPSHIN (Moy drug Ivan Lapshin), which was also banned. In the 1990s, German directed KHRUSTALYOV, MY CAR! (Khrustalyov, mashinu!), presented in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. His last work, HARD TO BE A GOD Trudno Byt Bogom), based on a novel by the Strugatsky brothers, took fifteen years to make. Aleksei German died in February 2013, and the film was completed by Svetlana Karmalita and by their son Aleksei German Jr.

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