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Mark Donskoy
Mark Donskoy (in the center) with cinematographers from East Germany, 1963
Mark Donskoy (in the center) with cinematographers from East Germany, 1963
Born Mark Semyonovich Donskoy
(1901-03-06)6 March 1901
Odessa, Russian Empire (now Ukraine)
Died 21 March 1981(1981-03-21) (aged 80)
Moscow, Soviet Union (now Russia)
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 1926–1981

Mark Semyonovich Donskoy (Russian: Марк Семёнович Донско́й; 6 March [O.S. 21 February] 1901 – 21 March 1981) was a Soviet film director. His most famous work (Stalin Prize in 1941) was the Gorky Trilogy, consisting of The Childhood of Maxim Gorky, My Apprenticeship, and My Universities.

Selected filmography[]

  • The Childhood of Maxim Gorky (1938)
  • Rainbow (1944)
  • The Unvanquished (1945)
  • Mother (1955)
  • A Mother's Heart (1965)

Honours and awards[]

  • Stalin Prizes:
    • 2nd class (1941) – for The Childhood of Maxim Gorky (1938) and People (1939)
    • 1st class (1946) – for Rainbow (1943)
    • 1st class (1948) – for Village Teacher (1947)
  • USSR State Prize (1968) – for Heart Mother (1966)
  • People's Artist of USSR (1966)
  • Hero of Socialist Labour (1971)
  • Two Orders of Lenin
  • Order of the October Revolution (18 March 1981)
  • Order of the Red Banner of Labour
  • Highest Award of the American Film Critics Association 1944 – for Rainbow
  • Award of Daily News – for best foreign film shown in the U.S. in 1944 (Rainbow)
  • Grand Prize at the Venice Film Festival 1946 – for The Unvanquished
  • Special prize of the Italian journalists Venice IFF 1948 – for My Universities
  • Award for Best Director Film Festival in Paris 1949 – for The Country Teacher
  • First Prize in Stockholm International Film Festival 1949 – for My Universities
  • Prize R. Unningtona Edinburgh International Film Festival in 1955 – for The Childhood of Maxim Gorky, The People and My Universities
  • Prize for best director at the Locarno International Film Festival 1960 – for Foma Gordeev
  • Special Diploma in Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 1970 – for Rainbow

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