Stroeva, Vera

Stroeva, Vera Pavlovna


Born Sept. 8 (21), 1903, in Kiev. Soviet film director and screenwriter. People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1973).

Stroeva studied in the acting division of the Kiev Theatrical Institute. From 1922 to 1925 she worked at the Studio of the Pedagogical Theater in Moscow. In 1925 she became a screenwriter, and in 1930 she directed her first film.

Stroeva’s major films have revolutionary themes and include Generation of Conquerors (1936), We Are the Russian People (1966), and The Heart of Russia (1971). She directed a number of film adaptations, including Petersburg Night (1934), based on works by Dostoevsky, and In Search of Joy (1940), based on F. I. Panferov’s novel Bruski (both with G. L. Roshal”). Stroeva also directed the film operas Boris Godunov (1955) and Kho-vanshchina (1959), both by Mussorgsky, and the films The Grand Concert (1951) and Cheerful Stars (1954). Together with cinema-tographers from the Union republics, she directed Batyrs of the Steppes (1942) in the Kazakh SSR and Marite (1947) in the Lithuanian SSR.

Stroeva has written many plays, as well as screenplays for her own films and for the films of other directors. She has been awarded the Order of the Badge of Honor and a medal.