Shneiderov, Vladimir Adol’fovich
Born July 15 (28), 1900, in Moscow; died there Jan. 4, 1973. Soviet motion-picture director. People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1969). Member of the CPSU from 1926.
Shneiderov began working in the cinema in 1924. He was one of the first Soviet motion-picture directors to make adventure and travelogue films. He took part in a number of expeditions, which he used as the themes of popular science films. These works include The Great Flight (1925), which is about the international group flight of six Soviet airplanes from Moscow to Peking; At the Foothills of Death (1928), a film about unexplored areas of the Pamirs; and Two Oceans (1933), which records a voyage on the icebreaker Sibiriakov. Shneiderov also directed the feature films Dzhul’bars (1936) and Gorge of the Alamos (1937).
In 1963, Shneiderov became artistic director of a professional association for the shooting of travelogues at the Tsentrnauch-fil’m Studio. He organized and headed the television series “Travelogue Club” from 1960 to 1973.
Shneiderov was awarded the Order of Lenin.