Stanislav Govorukhin died in Moscow after long, extended disease.
A day before his death, the mass media spread the information about it but the data was belied. Today, the death of the Russian filmmaker was announced officially.
Stanislav Govorukhin was 82-year-old. He shot a lot of the excellent films that are well-known among different generations. Moreover, he starred in the great number of good films. He made a political career but for many Ukrainians, he will be remembered due to his statements.
But let’s start with the very beginning.
Stanislav Govorukhin: Biography
Govorukhin was born in Berezniki, Perm Krai (northern Russia), on March 29, 1936. His father Sergei Govorukhin, the Don Cossack, fell victim of the political repression in Siberia, presumably in 1938.
In 1958, Stanislav Govorukhin graduated from the geology faculty of Kazan State University named after V.Lenin. In 1966, he graduated from the film director faculty of the All-Union State Cinematography Institute. After the graduation, he worked at Kazan TV studio. Then, he headed to Moscow and entered Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography. Later, he worked at Odesa Cinema Studio, where he and his university mate Boris Durov shot their first film, The Vertical.
The most famous films of Govorukhin
The movie featured the famous performer Vladimir Vysotsky; many cinema critics believe this particular part brought the actor and musician true fame.
In Odesa, Govorukhin also shot Life and Amazing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1972), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn (1981), In Search of Captain Grant (1985), Ten Little Negros (1987). Govorukhin also wrote the script for Pirates of the 20th century (1979).
In November 1979, Govorukhin released his most famous TV series, The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed, where Vystotsky, again, played one of the main parts.
In 1998, Gorovukhin shot The Rifleman of the Voloroshylov Regiment.
The director also played some parts in the movies shot by his colleagues – specifically, Sergei Solovyev, Kira Muratova and Fedor Bondarchuk.
According to Govorukhin, since the Perestroika in the USSR began in 1985, he ‘stopped working in the cinema and joined the politics’.
Stanislav Govorukhin's political career
Stanislav Govorukhin was a member of the State Duma since 1993 until 2018.
The director ran for the presidency of Russia in the early elections on March 26, 2000, in result he received 0.44% of votes.
In 2011 he was heading the Campaign Office of Vladimir Putin at the presidential elections which took place on March of 2012.
Since the October of 2016, he has been heading the State Duma's committee on Culture.
Statements of Govorukhin about Ukraine
In the interview to "Argumenty and fakty" in September 2014, Govorukhin claimed he will never visit Ukraine again.
“It is impossible to wash such blood. Maybe in 100 years, we will get back together, if the Earth continues to exist. But I perfectly know that for the rest of my life I will not come either to Kyiv and Kharkiv…”
At the same interview, he highlighted Odesa.
“Odesa…I treat this city with disgust. Its citizens who allowed to do such things with them. There more than a million of the citizens in Odesa. They are coward nation. I know them well…It could not take place in Sevastopol – every citizen would take there cleaver, axe, shotgun. There are some nations that cannot be intimidated. Chechens. Or Kerchens. Courageous, strong. All their history such is. But the Odesa citizens shut up, got scared and sit…They change their views gradually. They are zombie and tell about Moskals who fight against Ukraine…”
Of course, he spoke about Crimea:
“Only our intellectuals and businessmen talk whether we needed Crimea. Common people do not talk about this. Do you know what people tell in Crimea? I have just visited it…The main question: “Will not you return us?” All other things for them are little things in life…
Our intellectuals…All of them are not just have the anti-Putin moods…80 percent of them are the enemies of the state. They have always been whoares, this is what their nature is all about."
In the interview to “Sobesednik” about Ukraine:
“They want to say “in Ukraine” to not sound like ‘the edge of Russia” as it was during the whole history. If they are pleased when we tell “in Ukraine” then we can do this. The civil war takes place, the Russian part of Donbas fight against the national part of variegated Ukraine that has never been united; it consists of different nations: Bukovyna, Galicia and others.”
“All Moskals look the same for them, we are all bastards and enemies for them. Until we separate the Ukrainian people and their nationalist leaders, it is different things and it should be so. Due to my position, I am an unwelcomed guest in Ukraine.”