(biography, photos, videos) Alexey Uchitel
Alexey Uchitel: biography
Aleksei Efimovich Uchitel was born on 31 Aug 1951 in St. Petersburg. Father Yefim Yul’evich Teacher was a prominent Soviet documentary filmmaker, winner of the Stalin prize. He made a series of documentary films dedicated to the heroic struggle of the residents of besieged Leningrad during the great Patriotic War.
The future Director learned from his father. Yefim Yul’evich from an early age took his son in shooting, instilled in him a love of art and documentary films. As a child, Alex attended creative workshops at the Palace of pioneers, where he first studied cinematography and later switched to photography. The choice of a profession never stood in front of Alex. From childhood he knew it would be a Director.
After school Teacher-Junior goes to Moscow to enroll in VGIK, but not at the faculty of directing and cinematography. Insisted his father, convinced that to lay the Foundation for the skill of the filmmaker, you must first visit an operator to better understand the visual component of the profession. Alexei Uchitel recalls with gratitude the advice of his father.
First attempt at College was unsuccessful — Alexey was not accepted, despite high test scores and well-known in film circles the last name. The then head of the Department of documentary filmmaking, cinematography-and during the interview recommended Alex to first get experience in the army service, after which they promised to accept him without examination. Fortunately, Alexey Uchitel not listened to this Council and the next year he worked as an assistant operator at the Studio of documentary films. The Director remembers that for successful results it was necessary to pass eight exams, of which there could be only one «four», after which it was necessary to pass an interview. Such strict rules were due to incredible competition, which was three hundred people in the place. However, in 1969, Alexey Uchitel has successfully passed the exams and was admitted to VGIK.
Alexey Uchitel: documentary
After studying in Moscow for five years, Director upon graduation returned to his native St. Petersburg, where he entered to work in documentary film Studio. Alexei Uchitel continues to work there to this day, despite the fact that for a long time, he has his own Studio «
Alexey Uchitel: feature film
Removing more than ten works of nonfiction and earning fame and a cult film Director, Alexei Uchitel is drawn to the genre of game cinema. The peculiarity of this genre for the Director is, first and foremost, in the subtle accommodations the fate of the hero and the highest priority of the human factor.
The transition from documentary to feature films took place thanks to a fateful coincidence — in 1995, Alex is preparing a documentary film about the great ballerina Olga spessivtseva. Shortly after the start of filming, the main character, who was already in a fairly advanced age, dying. You can complete the picture by typing the missing material from the memoirs of people who knew Olga Spesivtseva, but this method was at odds with the creative credo of the master.
Alex’s Teacher made it a rule not to use interviews in a documentary — his style lies in capturing the natural reactions of the hero, are in the circumstances. Then came the idea to get out of the situation by changing the concept. The script for the film was written by Dunya Smirnova, the main role is played Galina Tyunina. Removing the picture, which was called «
Alexey Uchitel: personal life
The Teacher’s Wife —
Alexey Uchitel: filmography
- His wife’s diary
- Dreaming of space
- The prisoner
- One hundred thousand «I»
- How many people have discos?
- You entrusted the earth
- Bypass channel
- The last hero
Alexey Uchitel: photos