Film director, screenwriter, People’s Artist of the RSFSR Vitaly Melnikov died on Monday in St. Petersburg at the age of 93, the Lenfilm film studio reported on March 21.
Vitaly Vyacheslavovich Melnikov was born on May 1, 1928 in the village of Mazanovo (Far Eastern Territory, now the Amur Region of the Russian Federation). He graduated from the directing department of the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK, now the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography named after S.A. Gerasimov) in Moscow.
Since 1952, he worked at the Leningrad film studio of popular science films – “Lennauchfilm” as a director. Since 1964 he has been a director of the Lenfilm film studio. In the same year, together with Mikhail Shamkovich, he made his first feature film – a short comedy “Barbos Visiting Bobik”.
Vitaly Melnikov made such a movie that was reviewed by many generations. Audience recognition brought him an adventure comedy “Chief of Chukotka” (1966), in which the main role was played by Mikhail Kononov. Among the most famous films of the director are the comedy “Seven Brides of Corporal Zbruev” (1970) and “Hello and Farewell” (1972), the melodrama “The Elder Son” based on the play of the same name by Alexander Vampilov (1975), the drama “Vacation in September” based on the play by Alexander Vampilov ” Duck Hunt (1979, premiered in 1987), melodrama Marry the Captain (1985), historical drama Poor, Poor Pavel based on Dmitry Merezhkovsky’s play Pavel I (2003). In 2012, the romantic drama Admirer was released with the participation of Svetlana Ivanova, Kirill Pirogov and Oleg Tabakov. In total, Vitaly Melnikov directed more than 20 feature films.
Information about the date of parting with the master will be known later.
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