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Eldar Ryazanov And His Films

Eldar Ryazanov, a Russian film director whose iconic comedies captured the flavor of life and love in the Soviet Union while deftly skewering the absurdities of the communist system, has died at the age of 88. His films ridiculed Soviet bureaucracy and trained a clear eye on the predicaments and peculiarities of daily life during the communist era, but the light touch of his satire helped him dodge government censorship.


Eldar Ryazanov
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Eldar Ryazanov

"My favorite genre is tragic comedy because it reflects life most fully," Ryazanov said in 2007.
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"My favorite genre is tragic comedy because it reflects life most fully," Ryazanov said in 2007.

Lyudmila Gurchenko in Ryzanov's film Carnival Night (1956), which brought fame to both the director and the actress.
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Lyudmila Gurchenko in Ryzanov's film Carnival Night (1956), which brought fame to both the director and the actress.

Ryazanov often played minor roles in his own  films. In Garage (1980), he portrays a shareholder in a local garage cooperative.
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Ryazanov often played minor roles in his own  films. In Garage (1980), he portrays a shareholder in a local garage cooperative.

A scene from Ryazanov's 1974 film Unbelievable Adventures Of The Italians In Russia.
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A scene from Ryazanov's 1974 film Unbelievable Adventures Of The Italians In Russia.

Ryazanov and actor Andrei Myagkov (left) talk during shooting of the 1977 film Office Romance.
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Ryazanov and actor Andrei Myagkov (left) talk during shooting of the 1977 film Office Romance.

A scene from his 1984 film A Cruel Romance
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A scene from his 1984 film A Cruel Romance

Ryazanov and actress Lyudmila Gurchenko (right) talk during shooting of the 1983 film A Railway Station For Two.
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Ryazanov and actress Lyudmila Gurchenko (right) talk during shooting of the 1983 film A Railway Station For Two.

Ryazanov (left) with actors who appeared in his 1975 film The Irony Of Fate
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Ryazanov (left) with actors who appeared in his 1975 film The Irony Of Fate

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Ryazanov speaks after winning the Russian national TV prize, TEFI, in 1997.
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Ryazanov speaks after winning the Russian national TV prize, TEFI, in 1997.

Ryazanov (shown in 1991) continued working after the Soviet Union fell apart, although his later films never achieved the same cult status. 
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Ryazanov (shown in 1991) continued working after the Soviet Union fell apart, although his later films never achieved the same cult status. 

Ryazanov attends a celebration of his 80th birthday at the Moscow Operetta Theater in 2007.
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Ryazanov attends a celebration of his 80th birthday at the Moscow Operetta Theater in 2007.

Ryazanov and actress Olga Naumenko (right) attend the unveiling of a memorial plaque on the house in Moscow where the famous film The Irony Of Fate was shot in 1975.
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Ryazanov and actress Olga Naumenko (right) attend the unveiling of a memorial plaque on the house in Moscow where the famous film The Irony Of Fate was shot in 1975.

Ryazanov appears at the 80th birthday celebration of filmmaker Georgy Danelia in 2010.
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Ryazanov appears at the 80th birthday celebration of filmmaker Georgy Danelia in 2010.

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