January 01, 2010

Do Svidaniya Stirlitz

Vyacheslav Tikhonov, a Soviet film star best known for his role in the film 17 Moments of Spring died in December. He was 81.

vyacheslav tikhonov was not a member of a drama club, did not perform on stage, and was extremely shy as a child. He grew up in a simple working class family in Pavlov Posad, a factory town in the Moscow region that was as full of criminals as any other Moscow suburb in those years.

He had neither prestigious education nor the privileged upbringing of a member of the intelligentsia. But as he was crying in the corner after being rejected entry to the State Cinematography Institute, a teacher who was filling out a beginners’ class for actors walked by. History has preserved his name: Bibikov. He was enraptured.

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