Lev Kuleshov

1899 - 1970

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Lev Vladimirovich Kuleshov (Russian: Лев Владимирович Кулешов; 13 January [O.S. 1 January] 1899 – 29 March 1970) was a Russian and Soviet filmmaker and film theorist, one of the founders of the world's first film school, the Moscow Film School. He was given the title People's Artist of the RSFSR in 1969. He was intimately involved in development of the style of film making known as Soviet montage, especially its psychological underpinning, including the use of editing and the cut to influence the emotions of audience, a principle known as the Kuleshov effect. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lev Kuleshov has received more than 238,006 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Lev Kuleshov is the 198th most popular film director (up from 201st in 2019), the 407th most popular biography from Russia (down from 389th in 2019) and the 7th most popular Russian Film Director.

Lev Kuleshov was a Russian filmmaker who is most famous for his editing technique called the Kuleshov Effect. He found that when a shot of a person was placed next to a shot of food, the viewer would focus on the food, but when the shot of the person was next to a shot of an object, the viewer would focus on the person.

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Over the past year Lev Kuleshov has had the most page views in the with 28,715 views, followed by Russian (23,628), and Spanish (7,261). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Chuvash (550.59%), Chechen (376.36%), and Volapük (328.57%)


Among film directors, Lev Kuleshov ranks 198 out of 2,041Before him are Agnieszka Holland, Wes Anderson, Raoul Walsh, Stephen Frears, Richard Donner, and Margarethe von Trotta. After him are Norman Jewison, John G. Avildsen, Vsevolod Pudovkin, Vincente Minnelli, Mike Newell, and Amos Gitai.

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Among people born in 1899, Lev Kuleshov ranks 55Before him are Georges Auric, Charles Boyer, Henri Michaux, P. L. Travers, Louis Hjelmslev, and Lao She. After him are Andrei Platonov, Alma Reville, Fritz Bayerlein, Brassaï, Ludwig Guttmann, and Nadezhda Mandelstam. Among people deceased in 1970, Lev Kuleshov ranks 51Before him are Pedro Cea, B. H. Liddell Hart, Sonny Liston, Jean Giono, Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma, and E. M. Forster. After him are Maud Lewis, Erich Heckel, Elsa Triolet, Percy Spencer, Fritz Bayerlein, and Elyesa Bazna.

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Among people born in Russia, Lev Kuleshov ranks 407 out of 3,761Before him are Grand Duchess Alexandra Pavlovna of Russia (1783), Mordechai Spiegler (1944), Galina Ulanova (1910), Bulat Okudzhava (1924), Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia (1819), and Léon Theremin (1896). After him are Alexei Grigoryevich Orlov (1737), George Balanchine (1904), Marianne von Werefkin (1860), Yakov Yurovsky (1878), Valentin Ivanov (1934), and Semyon Dezhnev (1605).


Among film directors born in Russia, Lev Kuleshov ranks 7Before him are Andrei Tarkovsky (1932), Konstantin Stanislavski (1863), Nikita Mikhalkov (1945), Vsevolod Meyerhold (1874), Andrei Konchalovsky (1937), and Genndy Tartakovsky (1970). After him are Vsevolod Pudovkin (1893), Leonid Gaidai (1923), Elem Klimov (1933), Eldar Ryazanov (1927), Ladislas Starevich (1882), and Alexander Sokurov (1951).