People’s Artist of the RSFSR Vladimir Menshov died from the effects of coronavirus at the age of 82, according to the Mosfilm website. The fact that the director was infected became known on June 26. At the same time, it was clarified that the disease is mild.
The Mosfilm Cinema Concern and the family of Vladimir Menshov sadly report that today Vladimir Valentinovich has passed away. An outstanding Soviet and Russian film director, actor, screenwriter, producer, member of the Mosfilm board, died from the effects of coronavirus infection at the age of 82, ” – it says in the message.
At the end of June Menshov was included in the top five of the list of the Fair Russia party in the elections to the State Duma, which are to be held in September. The director did not attend the convention. This was due to the fact that he contracted the coronavirus.
According to Telegram-channel Mash, Menshov was diagnosed with bilateral pneumonia and the third stage of respiratory failure. Official information about his illness appeared on the network only on June 26, but Menshov’s relatives called an ambulance on the 22nd.
It is noted that already during hospitalization, doctors revealed a low level of saturation in Menshov – 89% (while the norm for adults is 95% and above). The director was hospitalized in Moscow Hospital No. 15, where he died on July 5 at 9:36 am.
Menshov was born on September 17, 1939 in Baku. He gained worldwide fame in 1981 when his film “Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears” won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. In the same year he became a laureate of the USSR State Prize, in 1989 – People’s Artist of the RSFSR.
Another Menshov’s film, Love and Doves (1984), enjoys immense popularity in Russia. As an actor, he starred in many Soviet and Russian films, including Timur Bekmambetov’s Night Watch and Day Watch.
“This is a huge misfortune for me personally and for our entire country, for the entire Russian-speaking world, which loved, watched and will love and watch Menshov’s films: both those that he filmed as a director, and those in which he performed brilliantly, as actor “, – said the head of” Mosfilm “Karen Shakhnazarov to RIA Novosti.
Menshov was married to actress Vera Alentova (she played the main role in the film “Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears”), his daughter Yulia Menshova is a famous TV presenter.
“Outstanding Russian Actor”
The memory of Vladimir Menshov will live on among the people, who continue to speak in phrases from his famous films, says GITIS rector Grigory Zaslavsky. “He was offended when they approached him and said how they loved his film” Love and Doves. “It seemed to him that this was not his only merit, and he was right. every day, using them in everyday life, “he said.
Zaslavsky stressed that Menshov was not only a great director, but also an outstanding Russian actor. “He worked as a director, but when he went on stage, be it the play” Courtyard “at the” Gogol Center “or” Love. letters “at the Pushkin Theater, a wonderful school was visible, which he received at the Moscow Art Theater School, a school of great teachers, representatives of the second generation of the Moscow Art Theater, which does not age,” said the rector of the university.
Putin sent condolences to the Menshov family
Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a telegram of condolences to the family of actor and director Vladimir Menshov, who died at the age of 82. About this on Monday, July 5, reported on the Kremlin website.
“This is an irreparable loss for our country, for all of us,” the head of state wrote.
The farewell ceremony will take place on Thursday, July 8, in the large hall of the Moscow House of Cinema, and it will begin at 11:00. The cinematographer will be buried at the Novodevichy cemetery.