Mikhail Kalatozov

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Mikhail Kalatozov
Born Mikhail Konstantinovich Kalatozov
(1903-12-28)28 December 1903
Tiflis (now Tbilisi), Russian Empire (now Georgia)
Died 27 March 1973(1973-03-27) (aged 69)
Moscow, Soviet Union (now Russia)
Occupation Film director
Years active 1928–1971
Notable work Salt for Svanetia, The Cranes Are Flying, The Unsent Letter, I Am Cuba, The Red Tent

Mikhail Konstantinovich Kalatozov (Georgian: მიხეილ კალატოზიშვილი, Russian: Михаи́л Константи́нович Калато́зов) (28 December 1903 – 27 March 1973), born Mikheil Kalatozishvili, was a Georgian/Russian film director. Born in Tiflis (now Tbilisi), he studied economics before starting his film career as an actor and later cinematographer.

He directed several documentary films, including Salt for Svanetia (1930), but was forced to withdraw from his profession after his film Nail in the Boot (1931) was banned by Stalinist censors. During World War II he directed several propaganda films and worked as a cultural attaché at the Soviet embassy in the United States.

During the 1950s he directed several other films. His four final features, The Cranes Are Flying (1957), The Unsent Letter (1959), I Am Cuba (1964), and The Red Tent (1971), are among his most famous works.[1]

He died in Moscow.



  1. Chansel, Dominique (2001). Europe on-screen: cinema and the teaching of history. Council of Europe. p. 53. ISBN 978-92-871-4531-4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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