Ludmila Gurchenko is a synthetic actress. She didn’t have a fixed theatrical character. All genres were subject to her – from musical comedy, buffoonery and musical to melodrama, tragicomedy and military drama. The actress sang and danced excellently. She was a theatre and variety actress. But her love and life were given to cinematograph.
The film Karnavalnaya noch brought great success to Gurchenko. In the year of her graduation from institute she acted in the film-strip Devushka s gitaroy. The ability to grow into a role greatly, play even in tragic and hard scenes promoted Gurchenko further in her career.
Outstanding works of Irina Muravieva on screen became the classics of Soviet cinematograph long ago. She worked as a theatrical and movie actress, gave a talk on the radio, appeared on TV, and took part in sound-on-cartoon films.
She combines an incomparable comedy gift with a brilliant dramatic gift in an unique way.
Among her best roles in films are Ludmila in Moskva slezam ne verit (in 1981 the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film was conferred on this film), Nina Solomatina in Karnaval, Nadya Klueva in Samaya obayatelnaya i privlekatelnaya.
Kseniya Rappoport was born in Leningrad. She was raised in an intellectual family what had an influence on her interests. Kseniya was successfully occupied with gymnastics and mountaineering, indulged in playing in a puppet theater, drew.
She graduated from Saint Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy in 2000. Being a senior yet, Rappoport played Nina Zarechnaya in Chaika staging by Lev Dodin and became a sensation of theatrical Petersburg.
The first-time actress was invited to play the role in the American film Anna Karenina in which she played Maria. Along with Rappoport Sophie Marceau and Sean Penn acted in the film.
The international popularity came to her after playing the role in the film Neznakomka produced by Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore. The film was nominated for the Oscar.
People’s Artist of the Russian Federation Chulpan Hamatova is an alumna of the Russian University of Theatre Arts. She was invited to the troupe of the Moscow Sovremennik Theatre in 1988. The Debut of the young actress in the role of Patrice Hollmann in the play Three Comrades by Erich Maria Remarque was the prominent event in the Russian theatre’s life.
In 1998 Chulpan acted Rita in the drama Strana glukhikh directed by Valery Todorovsky. After the film had been released, she was recognised as one of the most talented young actresses of national cinematograph. For this role Chulpan learned the finger technique.
Svetlana Hodchenkova, one of the most beautiful Russian theatrical and movie actresses, was born in 1983 in Moscow. She didn’t dream about a stage career. For around 17 to 20 years Hodchenkova worked for modeling agencies in Russia, France, and Japan.
The main role in the film Blagoslovite jenshinu directed by Stanislav Govorukhin became a debut in films for the young actress. The director saw her in the crowd and decided she was the actor that corresponded best to his creative plans.
She is one of few actresses who was succeeded in conquering Hollywood. Her last role in the film The wolverine surprised and impressed not only herself, but also her fans.