Gleb Panfilov

6.5 No Path through Fire (1967)
6.5 The Debut (1970)
6.5 The Theme (1979)

Gleb Panfilov, one of the main directors of the "Leningrad school" of Soviet cinema, rose to prominence with V Ogne Broda Net/ No Path through Fire (1967), set during the Civil War, and Nachalo/ The Debut (1970), the latter scripted by Yevgeny Gabrilovich, and then observed Soviet bureaucracy in Proshu Slova/ I Wish to Speak (1975) and reflected on the melancholy fate of Soviet artists and the derelict cultural heritage of Russia in Tema/ The Theme (1979, fully released only in 1986), also starring Mikhail Ulyanov, which was also the first film he made in Moscow at Mosfilm instead of Lenfilm.

All his major films starred his wife Inna Churikova, one of the era's greatest actresses.

After two Gorky adaptations, namely Vassa (1983), from the play "Vassa Zheleznova", and Mat/ Mother (1990), from his famous novel, Panfilov attempted a historical epic/biopic with Romanovy—ventsenosnaia Semia/ The Romanovs—An Imperial Family (2000) and then adapted Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s novel V Kruge Pervom/ In the First Circle.

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