Natan Abramovich Zarkhi

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Zarkhi, Natan Abramovich


Born 1900 in Orsha; died July 17, 1935, in Moscow. Soviet screenwriter and playwright; Honored Art Worker of the RSFSR (1935).

Zarkhi’s reputation is based on the scenarios he wrote for the director V. I. Pudovkin— Mother (1926, based on M. Gorky’s novel) and The End of St. Petersburg (1927); his works established screenwriting as an independent branch of literary art. His play The Street of Happiness, which premiered in 1932 at the Moscow Theater of the Revolution, was very successful and was performed in many theaters throughout the USSR. Zarkhi also wrote the screenplays for Bulat-Batyr (1928, with lu. V. Tarich), Cities and Years (1930, with E. V. Cherviakov), and The Bomber (1932).


“N. Zarkhi o svoem tvorcheskom metode.” In Kak my rabotaem nad kinostsenariem. Moscow, 1936.
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“O moem tvorcheskom opyte.” In the collection Voprosy kinodramaturgii, issue 3. Moscow, 1959.
Ulitsa radosti. Moscow, 1940.


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The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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