People's Actor of the USSR, the famous theater And film actor, Director And teacher Lev Konstantinovich Durov died 20 August in the capital of Russia After a long illness.
Lev Durov - native Muscovite, was born in Lefortovo, where he spent his childhood. It comes from the famous dynasty of circus performers - animal trainers And clowns Durov. Probably acting genes brought Him back in a school setting in a drama circle at the Palace of pioneers, And later in the famous School-Studio of the Moscow Art theatre. There His teachers were great Mat " old people ". Upon completion of the School in 1954 Durov was invited to a private theatre Konstantin Shakh-Azizov, then Director of the Central children's theater (now RAMT). The first one in my life the cast on stage is met with a great Director Anatoly Efros, which Then didn't leave for about 30 years And which largely determined the fate of His acting.
Debut Durov was held in the theater in 1955. It was a performance of "good luck" which was made by Anatoly Efros on the play by the famous Soviet playwright Viktor Rozov, And in which partners Lev Konstantinovich were Oleg Efremov, Oleg Anofriev, Gennady Pechnikov. Ten years the artist worked in the CCC, And After leaving Efros in the theater is gone, along with his Director. It so happened that in "Lenkom" Durov "served" in just four years. But during this period of time managed to play in wonderful performances Efros, who then rattled the entire city of Moscow And their success with the audience was extraordinary. The performances of plays by Edward Radzinsky - "movies" And " 104 pages about love ", Chekhov's " the Seagull ", "the wedding day" on the play Rozov, " Moliere ".
After the expulsion of the scene from "Lenkom" the Director took with him several of his artists, among whom was my grandfather! Thus began a new page of life the Lion Durov in the theater on Malaya Bronnaya, where He worked from 1967 until the end of his days. At the current stage, the artist created during the life of Efros roles in such plays as "Romeo And Juliet" (Tybalt) And Othello (Iago) Shakespeare, Chekhov's "Three sisters" (Chebutykin) And the Seagull (Sorin), in "the Marriage" by Gogol (Rivkin) And "Brother Alyosha" (Snegirev) by Dostoevsky.
then Durov graduated from the advanced directing courses in the theater on Malaya Bronnaya made several productions. Among them Shakespeare's " the Tempest ", "Forest" Ostrovsky, "After benefit" by Chekhov, "Clown" Simon And others.
in practice, at the same time with the theater And began acting career Durov. He began acting in 1954 And did not leave the set until the end of life. Durov was an extremely popular artist. Him in the movie was carried by great masters. He starred Mikhail Romm ( "9 days of one year" ), Tatyana Lioznova " 17 moments of spring ", worked with Georgi Daneliya in the film "I walk around Moscow" Vasily Shukshin " Kalina Krasnaya ". Unforgettable His work in the films "Big break" And D'artagnan And the 3 Musketeers ".
Leo Roerich believed that His fate was not offended - it was interesting working in film And theatre. He was a tireless man who in old age has not reduced its pace of life and never stopped. He stated that " we cannot afford to grow old. And I struggled to keep a childish Outlook on life, to look at the world with wide open eyes ".
focusing on roles, artist the lion Durova could do everything: from ancient tragedy to domestic farce. He played tragedians, comedians, clowns And was in all these images is extremely organic. Directors were attracted not only multi-faceted talent of Lev Konstantinovich - He was interesting as a person, as an ordinary person. Durov was one of those actors who can not be called just the performers, He was a full-fledged co-author of a film or play in which he participated. He gushed ideas, offered some fresh turns, improvised. Anatoly Efros has stated that " the film is included in the role with all his being. His return role has no boundaries ". When the legendary erosowska "Marriage" was shown at the festival in Edinburgh, in a local newspaper wrote that " the show should go just because it plays tragic clown Lev Durov ". The actor is very proud of this title.
on set or in rehearsal at the theatre, or just in friendly organization Durov was always the center of attention. A great storyteller with a sense of humor, He inspired everyone with his energy, zest for life, desire to learn new things. He managed all played in the theater, starred in movies, released the rate of students in the School-Studio of MKHAT, wrote books. In 1999 he published His book " Sinful notes ", And in 2008 two more: "Tales from behind the Scenes" And " Tales encore ".
Friend And colleague Lev Konstantinovich artist Vladimir Kachan said that the geography of the title Durov national Actor of the USSR formally narrowed to the size of Russia. But still in Belarus And Ukraine, Kazakhstan And the Baltic States, Israel And the U.S. And in other countries, " remember And love drama clown bully anecdotique, in its Board a man for all segments of the inhabitants, And therefore is the National actor the Lion Durov ". And the memory of this forever.