Monday, May 5, 2014

Tatiana Samoilova, 1934-2014

Tatiana Samoilova, who can be seen at left in a still from The Cranes Are Flying in which she played the starring role, has died one day after her 80th birthday. I have to admit that I don't know much about Samoilova's other movies, which apparently include another movie with Mikhail Kalotozov, who directed The Cranes Are Flying, and a Soviet version of Anna Karenina. There's also one called Diamonds for the Dictatorship of the Proletariat, a title that makes the movie sound more interesting than it probably is. I also have to apologize for not having a bigger version of that photo to illustrate this post.


Aubyn Eli said...

I'm sorry to hear of her passing. She was so lovely in The Cranes Are Flying. Completely held my attention. Would like to catch her in the Soviet version of Anna Karenina one of these days.

Ted S. (Just a Cineast) said...

It's such a beautiful film, isn't it?

I don't think I mentioned it in my original review, but it's one of those movies that I first saw back on the local PBS station when I was a teenager and they would run mostly foreign films late on Saturday nights. I came in a bit late, not long before the death cene, and the images were so amazing that I knew I wanted to see it in its entirety.

I can only wonder what the teens of today raised on comic-book movies would think.