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Grigori Mikhailovich Kozintsev ( ; Kievmarker, – Leningrad, now Saint Petersburgmarker, 11 May 1973) was a Sovietmarker Russianmarker theatre and film director. He was named People's Artist of the USSR in 1964.

He studied in the Imperial Academy of Artsmarker. As a theatre director he was part of Eccentricism, a modernist avant garde movement that spanned Russian futurism and constructivism, which included the theatre of Vsevolod Meyerhold and Sergei Eisenstein. Kozintsev contributed the "Salvation in the Trousers" section to the Eccentric Manifesto, published on 9 July 1922 (the other contributors were Leonid Trauberg, Sergei Yutkevich and Georgii Kryzhitskii) and was involved with the Factory of the Eccentric Actor group. Some of his early films were launched under the FEKS label.

He began making films in 1921. His silent features, including The Overcoat (1926) and The New Babylon (1929), had a ring of Expressionism, while the early sound film Alone (1931) used experimental montage sound techniques. Kozintsev is most renowned by his adaptations of William Shakespeare (King Lear and Hamlet) and Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote.


Note: all films before 1947 are co-directed with Leonid Trauberg
Year Original Title English Title Notes
1924 Похождения Октябрины The Adventures of Oktyabrina director; screenwriter
film is lost
1925 Мишки против Юденича Mishki versus Yudenich director; screenwriter
film is lost
1926 Чёртово колесо The Devil's Wheel director
Шинель The Overcoat director
1927 С.В.Д. The Club of the Big Deed director
Братишка Little Brother director; screenwriter
film is lost
1929 Новый Вавилон The New Babylon director; screenwriter
1931 Одна Alone director; screenwriter
1934 Юность Максима The Youth of Maxim director; screenwriter
1937 Возвращение Максима The Return of Maxim director; screenwriter
1938 Выборгская сторона The Vyborg Side director; screenwriter
1943 Юный Фриц The Young Fritz director
film is lost
1946 Простые люди Simple People director; screenwriter
1947 Пирогов Pirogov director
1953 Белинский Belinsky director; screenwriter
1957 Дон Кихот Don Quixote director
1964 Гамлет Hamlet director; screenwriter
1971 Король Лир King Lear director; screenwriter


  1. Kolocotroni, Goldman and Taxidou (1998, 295-297).


  • Kolocotroni, Vassiliki, Jane Goldman and Olga Taxidou, eds. 1998. Modernism: An Anthology of Sources and Documents. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 0748609733.

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