Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Yevgeni Urbansky (1932-1959)

Yevgeni Urbansky rushed into cinema as a hundred-per-cent man bursting with irrepressible temperament and craving for life. For viewers he has remained aged thirty three, just like Christ – at this age the actor faced tragic death. A whole cinema epoch and peculiar aesthetics created in the films Kommunist (The Communist) (1958), Chistoe nebo (Clear Skies) (1961), and Ballada o soldate (Ballad of a Soldier) (1959) passed away together with him.
Yevgeni Yakovlelvich Urbansky was born on February 27, 1932 in Moscow, into the family of a Communist party worker. In 1957 he finished Drama School Studio attached to MXAT and was admitted to the company of Stanislavsky Moscow Drama Theatre.
The creative career of Yevgeni Urbansky was short but very bright. His starring debut in the movie Kommunist (The Communist) directed by Yuli Raizman brought love of the public, film critics and authorities to the actor. The film won first awards at the festivals in Venice and Kiev in 1958. In 1959 The Communist was named among the three best films of the year according to the poll of the readers of the magazine Sovetsky Ekran (Soviet Screen).
The actor was recognized in the streets by many people who would ask him for autographs; lots of film directors wanted him to star in their new films. However, Yevgeni Urbansky took his time to enrich his acting experience on stage, playing in around 22 to 25 plays every month in the course of two years. Only in the middle of 1958 he finally turned to cinema again. It was Grigori Chukhrai’s war drama Ballada o soldate (Ballad of a Soldier) (1959), in which Urbansky played a nameless disabled soldier whom the main character Alesha Skvortsov comes across at a railway station....

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