Yuli Raizman

Yuli Yakovlevich Raizman (Russian: Юлий Яковлевич Райзман; December 15, 1903 – December 11, 1994) was a Soviet Russian film director and screenwriter.[1]

Yuli Raizman
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Yuli Raizman
Yuli Yakovlevich Raizman

(1903-12-15)15 December 1903
Died11 December 1994(1994-12-11) (aged 90)
Moscow, Russia
Occupation(s)Film director, screenwriter
Years active1928 — 1986


In 1924 he became a literary consultant for Mezhrabpom-Rus, the German-Russian film studio.[2] He was assigned as assistant to Yakov Protazanov in 1925[3] and made his directorial debut in 1927 with The Circle,[2] first drawing attention the following year with Penal Servitude.[3] His next success was The Earth Thirsts in 1930, the Soviet Union's first sound film.[3]

He joined Mosfilm[3] in 1931 and in 1937 he won his first Stalin Prize (of the Second degree) for The Last Night, which was also his first collaboration with the writer Yevgeny Gabrilovich with whom he worked for the next 40 years.[2] The film also achieved international recognition winning the Grand Prix at the Paris International Exhibition of 1937.[2]

In 1942 Mashenka was a success[3] also earning a Stalin Prize of the Second degree.

He made a couple of war documentaries, Fall of Berlin - 1945 and Towards an Armistice with Finland[2] both of which won the Stalin Prize of the First degree.

Rainis (1949) won another Stalin Prize (second degree).

Cavalier of the Golden Star, also known as Dream of a Cossack, won the top prize at the 1951 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival[2] and also competed for the Grand Prix at the 1951 Cannes Film Festival. It also won the Stalin Prize of the First degree.

The Communist marked the fortieth anniversary of the October Revolution and a follow-up, Your Contemporary, appeared in 1968.[2]

In 1964, he was made People's Artist of the USSR and Hero of Socialist Labor, the highest civilian decoration in the Soviet Union, in 1973.

His film Private Life (1982) won the USSR State Prize and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[4]

His 7 Stalin/State Prizes made him one of the most decorated cultural figures in the Soviet Union. He was the first person to receive the Honor and Dignity Award for lifetime achievement at the Nika Awards in 1988 presented by the Russian Academy of Cinema Arts and Science.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

He was married to Suzanna Ter, who died in 1991.

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ Peter Rollberg (2016). Historical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Cinema. US: Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 602–604. ISBN 978-1442268425.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Birchenough, Tom (January 2, 1995). "Obituaries". Variety. p. 83. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e Katz, Ephraim; Fred Klein; Ronald Dean Nolan (1998). The Film Encyclopedia (3rd ed.). New York: HarperCollins. p. 1126. ISBN 0-333-74037-8.
  4. ^ "The 55th Academy Awards (1983) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2013-10-13.

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