Eldar Ryazanov graduated as a film director with honors from the Soviet State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1950, under the direction of G. Kozintsev. For first five years after the graduation he was making documentaries and in 1955 came to work at the Mosfilm Studios, where he worked under the direction of Ivan Pyryev. Ryazanov’s first feature film ‘Carnival Night’ (1956), was an instant box office hit.
Ryazanov’s early comedies ‘Devushka bez adresa’ (1957), ‘Gusarskaya ballada’ (1962), ‘Dayte zhalobnuyu knigu’ (1963) were popular in the time of the cultural “Thaw”, but his film ‘Chelovek niotkuda’ (1961), was banned by Soviet authorities, however, Ryazanov was not stopped making films. The most popular comedy is considered to be ’Watch Out for the Automobile’ (1966), the master blend of a witty script, precise direction, sharp cinematography, outstanding ensemble of actors and music written by one of the most recognized Soviet composer Andrei Petrov.
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In 2007 he made a sequel to his classic "Karnavalnaya Noch (1956)", beating the "Return to Oz" record for longest time between original and sequel! "Karnavalnaya Noch 2: 50 Years Later (2007)" is available to watch here (in Russian only): http://my-source.ru/komedii/4647-karnavalnaya-noch-2-ili-50-let-spustya.html
Eldar Ryazanov, November 18, 1927 - the beloved classic of Russian comedy, directed about 40 films during his 60 years in film, screenwriter, poet, writer, producer, TV host. The creator and host of "Kinopanorama" (1979-1986) An icon of Soviet and Russian film, no less so than Tarkovsky or Eisenstein. All we've got here is one film? Russians do make comedies, you know, not only brooding masterpieces and war films.