The image of national cinema: died in Moscow Alexei Batalov

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USSR people’s artist, actor Alexey Batalov has died on 89-m to year of life. Actors, Directors and politicians of Russia expressed his condolences to the family and friends of the artist, calling his death a loss for every family and the entire national culture.

Farewell to the actor will pass in the cinema House on June 19, and he will be buried at the Transfiguration cemetery, as it was mentioned in the will of the artist.

The actor was born November 20, 1928 in the city of Vladimir in the family of actors of the Moscow art theatre, Vladimir Batalov and Nina Olszewski. In 1950 he graduated from the School-Studio named after VL.And. Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow art Theater, workshop of Sergei Blinnikova and Victor Stanitsyn.

In 1954 he began acting in films, working mainly on «Lenfilm». The actor starred in more than 40 films. His first role — a young worker Aleksey Zhurbin in the movie «Big family» Joseph Heifits. Aleksey Zhurbinym on the Soviet screen came a new hero — a worker-intellectual. A new stage in the creative biography of the artist became the role of Boris Borozdin in the legendary film «the cranes are Flying» (1957, directed by Mikhail Kalatozov). The film entered the Golden Fund of Russian and world cinema and was awarded the Palme d’or International film festival in Cannes. Another world-famous role Batalov became the role of the goshi in the film Vladimir Menshov «Moscow does not believe in tears», which was awarded the prize «Oscar».

The loss for each family and every culture

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed condolences to the widow and daughter of the deceased actor Alexei Batalov, noting that his death is an irreplaceable loss for all domestic culture. The President stressed that the generous gift of selfless service to the chosen cause, the true intelligence and inherent dignity of Alexei Batalov earned him recognition and huge, everlasting love of the audience. He noted that the actor «was a great, intense way of life, left a rich artistic heritage, the whole group of disciples and followers,» and the memory of him will remain forever in hearts.

Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev called the death of actor Alexey Batalov huge loss not only for the cinema and theater, but for most Russian families, who grew up on his films. According to him, the actor had the ability to be closer to the audience even with screen or scene, and because his paintings and the characters many years later, remain so alive and so clear.

In turn, the actress and Director Natalya Bondarchuk noted that the Director, his roles became the soul of everyone. «I was lucky enough to play with him only one picture, «the captivating Star of happiness». But familiar with Alexei Vladimirovich, I have been since childhood, at the time when he filmed the famous movie «my Dear man», where his partner was my mother, the national actress of the USSR Inna Makarova,» — said Bondarchuk.

As told people’s artist of the USSR Vasily Lanovoy, Batalov made a poignant internal intelligence in Soviet cinema, and the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko called it a «symbol of spirituality of the Russian intellectual and a patriot.»

«It is very sad to know that gone Aleksey Vladimirovich Batalov is a unique actor, the artist, who held a very special, high place in our movies and in our culture, — said people’s artist of Russia Igor Kostolevsky. — I am happy that I happened to work with him in one picture — «the captivating Star of happiness». We didn’t share any scenes, but for me, then a very young artist, one realization that I play with Batalov, was overwhelmed with joy. I met Alexey Vladimirovich directly on the recording «Romeo and Juliet» on the radio. And then I was struck by his manner, respectful attitude. It was a man of extraordinary culture and intelligence, what we are lacking today. Scary and sad when they leave such people.»

Not only the actor but also the Director

The Minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky has reminded that the Director was a man of boundless talent and entered the history of Russian art not only as an actor, teacher and reader, but as a Director, who directed the classics «Three fat men» and «the Overcoat». He noted that the role Batalov in the films «Rumyantsev Case», «Big family», «the cranes are Flying», «Running» and many others will forever be included in the Golden Fund of Russian culture.

«Alexey Vladimirovich lived a long and interesting life, brought up not one generation of talented artists, he was loved and adored, but he was a man of surprisingly modest, intelligent and never boasted of his incredible popularity. This amazing inner spiritual purity have made him really popular and dear to millions of our compatriots», — said Medina.

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