Elem Klimov

1933 - 2003

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Elem Germanovich Klimov (Russian: Элем Германович Климов; 9 July 1933 – 26 October 2003) was a Soviet Russian filmmaker. He studied at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography, and was married to film director Larisa Shepitko. Klimov is best known in the West for his final film, 1985's Come and See (Иди и смотри), which follows a teenage boy in German-occupied Byelorussia during the Great Patriotic War and is often considered one of the greatest war films ever made. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Elem Klimov has received more than 215,661 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Elem Klimov is the 288th most popular film director (up from 333rd in 2019), the 533rd most popular biography from Russia (up from 622nd in 2019) and the 7th most popular Russian Film Director.

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Among film directors, Elem Klimov ranks 288 out of 1,580. Before him are Nanni Moretti, Krzysztof Zanussi, Anatole Litvak, Yuen Woo-ping, Sofia Coppola, and Menahem Golan. After him are Ruggero Deodato, Tsui Hark, Ousmane Sembène, Ken Russell, Barbet Schroeder, and Jean Rouch.

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Among people born in 1933, Elem Klimov ranks 107Before him are Yuri Oganessian, Juan Marsé, Donald E. Westlake, The Singing Nun, Sheldon Adelson, and Luis Bacalov. After him are Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Wayne Shorter, Narriman Sadek, Maurice André, Lynn Cohen, and György Konrád. Among people deceased in 2003, Elem Klimov ranks 65Before him are Valentin Pavlov, Princess Isabelle of Orléans-Braganza, Anna Lindh, Carlo Urbani, Moktar Ould Daddah, and Monique Wittig. After him are David Hemmings, Ilan Ramon, Uday Hussein, Michael P. Anderson, Michael Jeter, and Rubén González.

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Among people born in Russia, Elem Klimov ranks 533 out of 2,688. Before him are Iziaslav II of Kiev (1097), Filipp Golikov (1900), Pavel Milyukov (1859), Igor Ansoff (1918), Vladimir Shukhov (1853), and Sergey Biryuzov (1904). After him are Johann Christoph Gottsched (1700), Savielly Tartakower (1887), Nina Berberova (1901), Alexander Belyaev (1884), Martiros Saryan (1880), and Nina Kulagina (1926).


Among film directors born in Russia, Elem Klimov ranks 7Before him are Andrei Tarkovsky (1932), Andrei Konchalovsky (1937), Nikita Mikhalkov (1945), Lev Kuleshov (1899), Vsevolod Pudovkin (1893), and Leonid Gaidai (1923). After him are Alexander Sokurov (1951), Yuri Norstein (1941), Ladislas Starevich (1882), Eldar Ryazanov (1927), Giorgi Shengelaia (1937), and Sergei Yutkevich (1904).