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 emotionally influence the 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 185,320 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Lev Kuleshov is the 168th most popular film director (up from 190th in 2019), the 328th most popular biography from Russia (up from 377th in 2019) and the 5th 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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Among film directors, Lev Kuleshov ranks 168 out of 1,580Before him are Nikita Mikhalkov, Robert Wise, Guy Ritchie, Lewis Milestone, Nagisa Oshima, and Joseph L. Mankiewicz. After him are Marco Ferreri, Robert Aldrich, Blake Edwards, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Francesco Rosi, and Jesús Franco.

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Among people born in 1899, Lev Kuleshov ranks 40Before him are Suzanne Lenglen, Bronislav Kaminski, P. L. Travers, James Cagney, Georg von Békésy, and Jean Moulin. After him are Georges Auric, Chang Myon, Ferhat Abbas, Lucio Fontana, Sobhuza II, and Philipp Bouhler. Among people deceased in 1970, Lev Kuleshov ranks 47Before him are Bourvil, Percy Spencer, E. M. Forster, Italo Gariboldi, Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma, and Władysław Anders. After him are Sonny Liston, Erich Heckel, Kiyoo Kanda, B. H. Liddell Hart, Jean Giono, and Francis Peyton Rous.

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Among people born in Russia, Lev Kuleshov ranks 328 out of 2,688Before him are Nikolai Rubinstein (1835), Sofia Gubaidulina (1931), Jani Beg (1300), Mathilde Kschessinska (1872), Nikolay Pirogov (1810), and Ferdinand von Wrangel (1797). After him are Otto Nicolai (1810), Alexander Ostrovsky (1823), Vladimir Kryuchkov (1924), Alexander Danilovich Menshikov (1673), Sergey Ilyushin (1894), and Georgy Chicherin (1872).


Among film directors born in Russia, Lev Kuleshov ranks 5Before him are Andrei Tarkovsky (1932), Konstantin Stanislavski (1863), Andrei Konchalovsky (1937), and Nikita Mikhalkov (1945). After him are Vsevolod Pudovkin (1893), Leonid Gaidai (1923), Elem Klimov (1933), Alexander Sokurov (1951), Yuri Norstein (1941), Ladislas Starevich (1882), and Eldar Ryazanov (1927).