Sergey Bondarchuk

Sergey Bondarchuk (25 September 1920 — 20 October 1994) was a Soviet and Russian director, actor, and screenwriter. People's Artist of the USSR (1952). Academy Awards winner (War and Peace, 1969). BAFTA winner (Waterloo, 1971). His directorial debut was Fate of a Man, a WWII classic where he portrayed the main role. Bondarchuk is considered a master of big scale pieces with epic battle scenes that involved thousands of extras (War and Peace, Waterloo). He was one of the few allowed to collaborate aboard, behind the Iron Curtain. He often starred star in his films, as well as cast his family, notably his wife, actor Irina Skobtseva (e.g. War and Peace, Vybor Tseli, Molchanie Doktora Ivensa). In late 1980s-early 1990s Bondarchuk started his long-term passion project – an adaptation of an epic novel “And Quiet Flows the Don,” together with the UK and Italy; however, the work couldn't be finished before the actor-director passed away in 1994. His son, actor-director Fyodor Bondarchuk, finished the piece in 2006.

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War and Peace (1966)

A seven-hour epic adaptation of the novel by Leo Tolstoy. The love story of young Countess Natasha Rostova and Count Pierre Bezukhov is interwoven with the Great Patriotic War of 1812 against Napoleon's invading army.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sergey Bondarchuk
CAST:  Sergey Bondarchuk  •  Ludmila Savelyeva  •  Vyacheslav Tikhonov  •  Oleg Efremov

A seven-hour epic adaptation of the novel by Leo Tolstoy. The love story of young Countess Natasha Rostova and Count Pierre Bezukhov is interwoven with the Great Patriotic War of 1812 against Napoleon's invading army.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sergey Bondarchuk
CAST:  Sergey Bondarchuk  •  Ludmila Savelyeva  •  Vyacheslav Tikhonov  •  Oleg Efremov

Waterloo (1970)

After defeating France and imprisoning Napoleon on Elba, ending two decades of war, Europe is shocked to find Napoleon has escaped and has caused the French Army to defect from the King back to him. The best of the British generals, the Duke of Wellington, beat ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sergey Bondarchuk
CAST:  Rod Steiger  •  Christopher Plummer  •  Orson Welles  •  Jack Hawkins

After defeating France and imprisoning Napoleon on Elba, ending two decades of war, Europe is shocked to find Napoleon has escaped and has caused the French Army to defect from the King back to him. The best of the British generals, the Duke of Wellington, beat ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sergey Bondarchuk
CAST:  Rod Steiger  •  Christopher Plummer  •  Orson Welles  •  Jack Hawkins

The Battle of Neretva (1969)

In January 1943 the German army, afraid of an Allied invasion of the Balkans, launched a great offensive against Yugoslav Partisans in Western Bosnia. The only way out for Partisan forces and thousands of refugees was the bridge on the river Neretva.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Veljko Bulajić
CAST:  Yul Brynner  •  Curd Jürgens  •  Hardy Krüger  •  Anthony Dawson

In January 1943 the German army, afraid of an Allied invasion of the Balkans, launched a great offensive against Yugoslav Partisans in Western Bosnia. The only way out for Partisan forces and thousands of refugees was the bridge on the river Neretva.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Veljko Bulajić
CAST:  Yul Brynner  •  Curd Jürgens  •  Hardy Krüger  •  Anthony Dawson

Quiet Flows The Don (2006)

With World War I, the Bolshevik Revolution, and the Russian Civil War as backdrop, it's an old-fashioned, blood-and-guts narrative, filled with earthly humor and a wealth of colorful characters. The story concerns the fluctuating fortunes of Grigory Melekhov, a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sergey Bondarchuk
CAST:  Rupert Everett  •  Delphine Forest  •  F. Murray Abraham  •  Ben Gazzara

With World War I, the Bolshevik Revolution, and the Russian Civil War as backdrop, it's an old-fashioned, blood-and-guts narrative, filled with earthly humor and a wealth of colorful characters. The story concerns the fluctuating fortunes of Grigory Melekhov, a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sergey Bondarchuk
CAST:  Rupert Everett  •  Delphine Forest  •  F. Murray Abraham  •  Ben Gazzara

Musketeers 20 Years Later (1992)

The new adventures of four musketeer friends... Based on Alexandre Dumas père novel "20 Years Later".  (more)

DIRECTION:  Georgi Yungvald-Khilkevich
CAST:  Mikhail Boyarskiy  •  Venyamin Smekhov  •  Igor Starygin  •  Valentin Smirnitskiy

The new adventures of four musketeer friends... Based on Alexandre Dumas père novel "20 Years Later".  (more)

DIRECTION:  Georgi Yungvald-Khilkevich
CAST:  Mikhail Boyarskiy  •  Venyamin Smekhov  •  Igor Starygin  •  Valentin Smirnitskiy

Red Bells Part I: Mexico on Fire (1982)

A chronicle of the Russian and Mexican revolutions in the early 20th century.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sergey Bondarchuk
CAST:  Franco Nero  •  Ursula Andress  •  Jorge Luke  •  Sydne Rome

A chronicle of the Russian and Mexican revolutions in the early 20th century.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sergey Bondarchuk
CAST:  Franco Nero  •  Ursula Andress  •  Jorge Luke  •  Sydne Rome

Que Viva Mexico! (1979)

¡Qué viva México! was a film project undertaken in 1931-32 by Soviet film-maker Sergei Eisenstein for American socialist author Upton Sinclair and several investors, which Eisenstein eventually conceived as an episodic portrayal of Mexican culture and politics from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sergei Eisenstein
CAST:  Sergey Bondarchuk  •  Grigori Aleksandrov

¡Qué viva México! was a film project undertaken in 1931-32 by Soviet film-maker Sergei Eisenstein for American socialist author Upton Sinclair and several investors, which Eisenstein eventually conceived as an episodic portrayal of Mexican culture and politics from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sergei Eisenstein
CAST:  Sergey Bondarchuk  •  Grigori Aleksandrov

Silence of Doctor Ivens (1974)

In the surreal aftermath to a plane crash at sea Dr. Iven an eminent scientist is the only survivor to be taken into the confidence of the alien rescuers. He learns that the world with its weapons of mass destruction is not ready for the wonders of the culture of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Budimir Metalnikov
CAST:  Sergey Bondarchuk  •  Leonid Obolensky  •  Irina Skobtseva  •  Boris Romanov

In the surreal aftermath to a plane crash at sea Dr. Iven an eminent scientist is the only survivor to be taken into the confidence of the alien rescuers. He learns that the world with its weapons of mass destruction is not ready for the wonders of the culture of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Budimir Metalnikov
CAST:  Sergey Bondarchuk  •  Leonid Obolensky  •  Irina Skobtseva  •  Boris Romanov

Taras Shevchenko (1951)

Growing up in a Ukrainian peasant family, knowing all hardships of serf life, young artist and poet Taras Shevchenko in the years of study clearly identifies the meaning of true art, which is to serve the interests of the people. The poems of Shevchenko are imbued ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Igor Savchenko
CAST:  Sergey Bondarchuk  •  Ivan Pereverzev  •  Pavel Shpringfeld  •  Mikhail Nazvanov

Growing up in a Ukrainian peasant family, knowing all hardships of serf life, young artist and poet Taras Shevchenko in the years of study clearly identifies the meaning of true art, which is to serve the interests of the people. The poems of Shevchenko are imbued ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Igor Savchenko
CAST:  Sergey Bondarchuk  •  Ivan Pereverzev  •  Pavel Shpringfeld  •  Mikhail Nazvanov

They Fought for Their Motherland (1975)

In July 1942, in the Second World War, the rearguard of the Russian army protects the bridgehead of the Don River against the German army while the retreating Russian troops cross the bridge. While they move back to the Russian territory through the countryside, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sergey Bondarchuk  •  Vladimir Dostal
CAST:  Vasiliy Shukshin  •  Vyacheslav Tikhonov  •  Sergey Bondarchuk  •  Yuriy Nikulin

In July 1942, in the Second World War, the rearguard of the Russian army protects the bridgehead of the Don River against the German army while the retreating Russian troops cross the bridge. While they move back to the Russian territory through the countryside, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sergey Bondarchuk  •  Vladimir Dostal
CAST:  Vasiliy Shukshin  •  Vyacheslav Tikhonov  •  Sergey Bondarchuk  •  Yuriy Nikulin

War and Peace, Part IV: Pierre Bezukhov (1967)

As Moscow is set ablaze by the retreating Russians, the Rostovs flee their estate, taking wounded soldiers with them, and unbeknownst to them, also Andrei. Pierre, dressed as a peasant, tries to assassinate Napoleon but is taken prisoner. As the French are forced ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sergey Bondarchuk
CAST:  Ludmila Savelyeva  •  Sergey Bondarchuk  •  Vyacheslav Tikhonov  •  Viktor Stanitsyn

As Moscow is set ablaze by the retreating Russians, the Rostovs flee their estate, taking wounded soldiers with them, and unbeknownst to them, also Andrei. Pierre, dressed as a peasant, tries to assassinate Napoleon but is taken prisoner. As the French are forced ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sergey Bondarchuk
CAST:  Ludmila Savelyeva  •  Sergey Bondarchuk  •  Vyacheslav Tikhonov  •  Viktor Stanitsyn

War and Peace, Part II: Natasha Rostova (1966)

In the end of 1809, Natasha attends her first ball. Andrei falls in love with her and intends to marry her, but her father demands they wait. The prince travels abroad, and Natasha desperately longs for him. But she then meets Anatol Kuragin and forgets of Andrei. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sergey Bondarchuk
CAST:  Ludmila Savelyeva  •  Vyacheslav Tikhonov  •  Sergey Bondarchuk  •  Viktor Stanitsyn

In the end of 1809, Natasha attends her first ball. Andrei falls in love with her and intends to marry her, but her father demands they wait. The prince travels abroad, and Natasha desperately longs for him. But she then meets Anatol Kuragin and forgets of Andrei. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sergey Bondarchuk
CAST:  Ludmila Savelyeva  •  Vyacheslav Tikhonov  •  Sergey Bondarchuk  •  Viktor Stanitsyn

Attack from the Sea (1953)

The historical and biographic movie about the glorified Russian naval commander Ushakov. France begins aggressive wars. The Russian and allied troops freeing Italy are headed by A. V. Suvorov. The victory in the fortress of Corfu is ensured by operation of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mikhail Romm
CAST:  Ivan Pereverzev  •  Sergey Bondarchuk  •  Mikhail Pugovkin  •  Georgiy Yumatov

The historical and biographic movie about the glorified Russian naval commander Ushakov. France begins aggressive wars. The Russian and allied troops freeing Italy are headed by A. V. Suvorov. The victory in the fortress of Corfu is ensured by operation of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mikhail Romm
CAST:  Ivan Pereverzev  •  Sergey Bondarchuk  •  Mikhail Pugovkin  •  Georgiy Yumatov

A Summer to Remember (1960)

Based on the Vera Panova book about a complicated relationship between an 8-year-old boy and his new stepfather.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Georgiy Daneliya  •  Igor Talankin
CAST:  Boris Barkhatov  •  Irina Skobtseva  •  Lyubov Sokolova  •  Sergey Bondarchuk

Based on the Vera Panova book about a complicated relationship between an 8-year-old boy and his new stepfather.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Georgiy Daneliya  •  Igor Talankin
CAST:  Boris Barkhatov  •  Irina Skobtseva  •  Lyubov Sokolova  •  Sergey Bondarchuk

Story of a Real Man (1948)

Alexey Meresyev was a fighter pilot during the war. One day he was shot down by Nazis, and because of his wounds both of his legs had to be cut off up to his knees. Because of his spirit and courage, Alexey was able to overcome his disability. He learned not only ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Aleksandr Stolper
CAST:  Pavel Kadochnikov  •  Nikolai Okhlopkov  •  Aleksei Dikij  •  Vasili Merkuryev

Alexey Meresyev was a fighter pilot during the war. One day he was shot down by Nazis, and because of his wounds both of his legs had to be cut off up to his knees. Because of his spirit and courage, Alexey was able to overcome his disability. He learned not only ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Aleksandr Stolper
CAST:  Pavel Kadochnikov  •  Nikolai Okhlopkov  •  Aleksei Dikij  •  Vasili Merkuryev

Fate of a Man (1959)

The story of a man (Andrey Sokolov) whose life was ruthlessly crippled by World War II. His wife and daughters were killed during the bombing of his village, he spent some time as a prisoner, and his only son was killed in action only a few days before the victory...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sergey Bondarchuk
CAST:  Sergey Bondarchuk  •  Zinaida Kirienko  •  Pavel Volkov  •  Lev Borisov

The story of a man (Andrey Sokolov) whose life was ruthlessly crippled by World War II. His wife and daughters were killed during the bombing of his village, he spent some time as a prisoner, and his only son was killed in action only a few days before the victory...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sergey Bondarchuk
CAST:  Sergey Bondarchuk  •  Zinaida Kirienko  •  Pavel Volkov  •  Lev Borisov

The Grasshopper (1955)

Osip Dymov, the titular counselor and the doctor of thirty one years, serves in two hospitals at the same time: intern and anatomist. From nine o'clock in the morning and in the forenoon accepts patients, then goes to open corpses. But its income is hardly enough ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Samson Samsonov
CAST:  Lyudmila Tselikovskaya  •  Sergey Bondarchuk  •  Vladimir Druzhnikov  •  Yevgeni Teterin

Osip Dymov, the titular counselor and the doctor of thirty one years, serves in two hospitals at the same time: intern and anatomist. From nine o'clock in the morning and in the forenoon accepts patients, then goes to open corpses. But its income is hardly enough ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Samson Samsonov
CAST:  Lyudmila Tselikovskaya  •  Sergey Bondarchuk  •  Vladimir Druzhnikov  •  Yevgeni Teterin

Boris Godunov (1986)

Praised for its fine photography and production design if not its narrative, Sergei Bondarchuk directed this adaptation of the tale by Alexander Pushkin. Boris Godunov came to the Czarist throne at the end of the 16th century, after the original heir to Ivan the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sergey Bondarchuk
CAST:  Sergey Bondarchuk  •  Alena Bondarchuk  •  Georgi Burkov  •  Irina Skobtseva

Praised for its fine photography and production design if not its narrative, Sergei Bondarchuk directed this adaptation of the tale by Alexander Pushkin. Boris Godunov came to the Czarist throne at the end of the 16th century, after the original heir to Ivan the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sergey Bondarchuk
CAST:  Sergey Bondarchuk  •  Alena Bondarchuk  •  Georgi Burkov  •  Irina Skobtseva

Life in Bloom (1949)

About the life of the Russian biologist Ivan Michurin. 1912 year. Having rejected American offers to work abroad, Michurin continues his research in the Russian Empire, despite the fact that his ideas are not perceived by the tsarist government, the church and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Dovzhenko
CAST:  Grigori Belov  •  Vladimir Solovyov  •  Aleksandra Vasilyeva  •  Nikolai Shamin

About the life of the Russian biologist Ivan Michurin. 1912 year. Having rejected American offers to work abroad, Michurin continues his research in the Russian Empire, despite the fact that his ideas are not perceived by the tsarist government, the church and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Dovzhenko
CAST:  Grigori Belov  •  Vladimir Solovyov  •  Aleksandra Vasilyeva  •  Nikolai Shamin

The Young Guard (1948)

In 1942, local teenagers are organizing the underground resistance in the city of Krasnodon during the Nazi occupation of Russia. The teens manage to outsmart the Nazis in their fight, and their activity lifts the spirits of the surviving citizens.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sergei Gerasimov
CAST:  Vladimir Ivanov  •  Inna Makarova  •  Nonna Mordyukova  •  Sergei Gurzo

In 1942, local teenagers are organizing the underground resistance in the city of Krasnodon during the Nazi occupation of Russia. The teens manage to outsmart the Nazis in their fight, and their activity lifts the spirits of the surviving citizens.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sergei Gerasimov
CAST:  Vladimir Ivanov  •  Inna Makarova  •  Nonna Mordyukova  •  Sergei Gurzo
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