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Gleb Panfilov

Director

““[Atmosphere] is a very important thing, one of the most important things in filmmaking. Direction begins exactly with atmosphere. I make the distinction between good and bad films based on atmosphere. The atmosphere of a debut film is ruthless evidence of whether the director has any future or if he’s just a mediocrity. For example, seeing Ivan’s Childhood, I realized – I was still an engineer then, and didn’t know anything about cinema – that here is a director that will go on to do great things.”

 

Biography

Gleb Anatolievich Panfilov was born on 21st of May 1934 in Magnitogorsk into a family of Anatoly Petrovich and Vera Stepanovna Panfilovs.

After graduating with a degree in chemistry from Ural Polytechnic University in 1957, Panfilov works as a foreman at a Sverdlov factory of medical equipment, as a researcher at the Research and Development Establishment, he was also the head of propaganda department of Sverdlov city committee. By the end of 1950’s Panfilov organises an amateur film studio, where together with his friends he produces several short films — Little Nylon Jacket, National Militia (1958). Soon he is invited to work for the local TV channel, and there Panfilov makes his next four films — Regain our Ranks (1959, documentary short film), Killed at War, Nina Melovisinova (both 1962 short film) and The Case of Kurt Clausewitz (1963 feature length TV film)

In 1960 Gleb Panfilov enrols on a correspondence course of cinematography at VGIK (All Union State Institute… read more

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