Who: Eldar Ryazanov
When: 30 November 2015
Eldar Ryazanov, one of the most popular Russian film directors of the Soviet era, died on 30 November 2015 following the prolonged illness. He was 88.
His comedies captured the unique absurdities of life under Communism.
About Eldar Ryazanov
• Born in Samara, Russia in November 1927, Ryazanov began his studies at Moscow’s prestigious Gerasimov film school (VGIK).
• He became an overnight sensation after his first feature comedy film Carnival Night in 1956.
• He directed some of the most popular Soviet Era comedies such as Irony of Fate, The Garage and Office Romance.
• In 1984, he received one of the top Soviet artistry title People’s Artist of the USSR and received the USSR State Prize in 1977.