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Inna Churikova

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Inna Churikova is an outstanding Russian movie and theatre actress, and her films are extremely popular in Russia. She created a gallery of remarkable female portraits. Her characters are usually not beautiful, but highly spiritual women. No other actress besides her could be so nonchalant about looking ugly or funny while appearing on the silver screen.


Inna Churikova's plain looks and wide-eyed demeanor often obscure the fact that she is a film star of the highest stature. Churikova's unique presence in Soviet cinema has done much to strengthen the self-esteem of ordinary women. Churikova charms the audience with her brilliant acting, inner harmony and purity. She was given a 30-minute ovation at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival for her title role in "Mother”, directed by her husband Gleb Panfilov. Churikova is unforgettable and brilliant in comedies and tragedies alike. Churikova specializes in playing ordinary women who have to make extraordinary decisions, a talent which is very much admired to this day.

In 1968 Gleb Panfilov – her future husband – invited Inna Churikova to star in his debut film, the war drama "No Path Through Fire” in 1967. The film can be considered the true professional debut of the actress, revealing her undeniable and enormous talent. After her first big success, Inna Churikova left the stage to work in cinema only, devoting her entire life to Gleb Panfilov. For more than two decades Churikova worked almost exclusively with Panfilov. Their next film "The Debut” in 1970 was a triumph again.

This remarkable story of personal growth and artistic ambition is one of Churikova's best roles. Both the director and the actress saw "The Debut” as a preparatory stage for the epic film about the heroic Joan of Arc, and wanted to start producing it as soon as possible. Unfortunately the permit for filming was postponed for many years until the cinema authorities finally decided to reject the project once and for all.

You can watch and download "No Path Through Fire" (В огне брода нет, 1967) with️ English,️ Spanish,️ Turkish subtitles:…/604-v-ogne-broda-net.html

You can watch and download The Debut (Начало, 1970) with️ English,️ Russian,️ French subtitles:

Their next film The Theme was heavily censored on its release in 1979. The full version was not released until 1986; this version was awarded the Golden Bear at the 37th Berlin International Film Festival.


You can watch and download The Theme with English, Spanish, Portuguese,Chinese, Persian subtitles:

The 1980s for Churikova and Panfilov were a time of literary adaptations: two based on Maxim Gorky's works, and one on Shakespeare. The pre-revolutionary melodrama "Vassa” in 1983 focused on yet another strong character, the shipyard owner Vassa Zheleznova, and her family tragedy. Panfilov's adaptation was acclaimed at Cannes, at the European Film Awards, and won several of the newly established Russian "Nika” awards.

You can watch and download Vassa (Васса, 1982) with️ English subtitles:

Along with working in the theatre, the actress continued performing in a variety of films under different directors. The most remarkable of them are "The Very Same Munchhausen”, a 1979 classic written by Grigory Gorin (the famous Russian writer) and directed by Mark Zakharov, "War-Time Romance” in 1983 by Pyotr Todorovsky, and "Ryaba My Chicken” in 1994 by Andrey Konchalovsky. It was nominated for a Golden Palm at the 1994 Cannes film festival.

You can watch and download The Very Same Munchhausen (Тот самый Мюнхгаузен, 1979) with️ English subtitles:…/151-tot-samyy-myunhgauzen.…

"War-Time Romance” revolved around the post-war traumatic encounter between a former front-line officer, now happily married, and a former field nurse who was forced to face the harsh realities of life. The film was nominated for an Oscar for best foreign film. In 1984 Churikova won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival for the leading role as Vera in "War-Time Romance”.

You can watch and download "War-Time Romance” (Военно-полевой роман, 1983) with️ English and️ Russian subtitles:…/606-voenno-polevoy-roman.h…

Churikova was designated the Peoples Artist of the USSR 1991 and the People's Artist of Russia. She also received the State Prize from Russia in 1985 and the Stanislavsky Prize for her contribution to theatre and film. She currently resides in Moscow with her husband.

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