Beloved Russian filmmaker Ryazanov dies

Eldar Ryazanov, one of the most popular film directors of the Soviet era whose comedies captured the unique absurdities of life under Communism, died Monday aged 88, family and colleagues said. Arguably Russia's favourite director, millions know his iconic films from the 1960s and 1970s off by heart. "My grandfather has passed away," Ryazanov's grandson Dmitry Troyanovsky wrote on Facebook. Ryazanov suffered from poor health in recent years, including a stroke this month. His website has been overflowing with fans' tributes. Born in Samara, a city on the Volga river, Ryazanov landed a spot at Moscow's prestigious Gerasimov film school (VGIK), starting his studies as the country was still deep in World War II fighting. He became an overnight sensation after his first feature film "Carnival Night", a 1956 comedy in style of American musicals that was

Comments are closed.

Sign up for the DADA Newsletter