Varvara Popova

Picture of Varvara Popova

Date of Birth: 12/17/1899

Age: 90

Place of birth: Samara

Citizenship: Russia


Varvara Popova. It is called the most mysterious figure in the history of the Vakhtangov Theater. Closed, rustic, illiterate, but at the same time extraordinarily gifted, she left the stage - or rather, removed itself at the height of his creative powers. Varvara did not accept the new leadership of the native theater and did not fight.

Popov did not have any honor. "My favorite student of Vakhtangov - this is above all the honors and awards," - said the actress. She studied at the great actor and teacher, studio, together with those who later determined the style and direction of development of the Russian theater, who truly became the face of the domestic scene - this B.Zahava and R.Simonov and Ts.Mansurova and E.Alekseeva and I.Tolchanov. With all of them Varvara Popova was on "you", but never kichilas it never entered into any conflicts. The only thing that VarvaraAleksandrovna allowed herself - to stand up for his beloved partner and associate of Boris Zahava, when against him in the theater began scheming. This incident became fatal in her biography.

About Varvara Popova talked about in the late 20`s when she brilliantly played Louise in the play by Friedrich Schiller`s "Intrigue and Love". But more than anything noticeable Popov did not play in a theater. She did not know how to intrigue, to fight and to benefit. Many called it a failure. In a personal matter Varvara says: "It is located in a not very favorable for growth, but still making progress."

Since 1956, Varvara had never crossed the threshold of the Vakhtangov Theatre. But soon Popov started a new life - she once again came to the cinema. Once again - because of her shoulders was already a solid experience in the cinema. In the 20s, she starred in the screen such masters as Ya.Protazanov and L.Obolensky. In 1959 it returned to the cinema I.Pyrev - invited to the role of grandmothers in the film "White Nights".

Popov was shooting a lot A.Saltykov naming their mascot old actress. They first met on the set of "Chairman", where Varvara played some Samokhin - rustic old woman who always "urged on" young farm chairman Yegor Trubnikov. However, the greatest fame brought the actress to work with Alexander Rowe. The "Frost", she played a blind old woman that Ivan with a bear`s head carried through the forest to her house, as in a fairy tale "Barbarian-beauty, long braid `Popova was a nanny Stepanida.

Similarly, in the case of theater, Varvara Popova suddenly disappeared and the silver screen. Its bright appearance was etched in a few films. In 1975, Popov appeared before the audience in the last - in the television movie Konstantin Bromberg "I have a lion." The Vakhtangov Theater Museum stated that Varvara died in 1989, when she was almost 90 years old. As she lived all these years, what to do, with whom to communicate - is unknown. It remained a mystery until the end.

Actor`s work:

1. His call - 1925 ()

2. Bricks - 1925 (Romance)

3. Love and Hate - 1935 ()

4. Bride - 1936 (Drama)

5. White Nights - 1959 (Drama) ... Granny

6. Frost - 1964 (Cartoon / Fairy Tale) ... a blind old woman

7. All for you - 1964 (comedy)

8. The President - 1964 (Kinopovest) ... Samokhina

9. Nasty anecdote - 1965 (comedy)

10. petticoat - 1967 (Kinopovest)

11. The Brothers Karamazov - 1968 (Kinopovest)

12. Barbara, beauty, long braid - 1969 (Adventure) ... nanny Stepanida

13. The Director - 1970 (Kinopovest)

Author: Sergey Kapkov

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