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Also Known As: Mikhail Konstantinovich Kalatozishvili Died: March 27, 1973
Born: December 23, 1903 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Russia Profession: director, director of photography, actor, cameraman, editor

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Began his career as an actor, editor and cameraman at the Tiflis studios. Kalatozov's second feature as a director, "The Salt of Svanetia" (1930), was considered a landmark of early Russian cinema, but his third, "The Nail in the Boot" (1932), was banned by the Soviet authorities for "negativism." His output was sporadic during the 1930s and 40s (partly due to his being consigned to a series of administrative posts) but he earned widespread international acclaim for "The Cranes Are Flying" (1957). A poignant WWII drama featuring a fine central performance from Tatiana Samoilova and some rather gymnastic camera techniques, "Cranes" was a co-winner of the best film award at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival. Kalatozov's subsequent work has been relatively unexceptional.

Began his career as an actor, editor and cameraman at the Tiflis studios. Kalatozov's second feature as a director, "The Salt of Svanetia" (1930), was considered a landmark of early Russian cinema, but his third, "The Nail in the Boot" (1932), was banned by the Soviet authorities for "negativism." His output was sporadic during the 1930s and 40s (partly due to his being consigned to a series of administrative posts) but he earned widespread international acclaim for "The Cranes Are Flying" (1957). A poignant WWII drama featuring a fine central performance from Tatiana Samoilova and some rather gymnastic camera techniques, "Cranes" was a co-winner of the best film award at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival. Kalatozov's subsequent work has been relatively unexceptional.

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  Red Tent, The (1970) Director
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  I am Cuba (1964) Director
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  The Cranes Are Flying (1957) Director

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1923:
Began working at Tiflis film studios as editor and cameraman
1932:
"The Nail in the Boot" banned for 'negativism'; Kalatazov transferred to administrative duties at studio
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Soviet cultural representative in Los Angeles during WWII
1945:
Became Deputy Minister of Cinematography
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Named Head of Feature Film Production Administration Dept.
1949:
Returned to filmmaking at Mosfilm Studios
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