Prominent Director Marlen Khutsiev Dies at 93

Marlen Khutsiev, known for "Spring on Zarechnaya Street" and "I am Twenty," passed away at the age of 93.

Khutsiev's career spanned more than sixty years, and he worked well into his nineties. His career began in 1950 when he directed "Gradostroiteli."

Six years later, he directed "Vesna na Zarechnoy ulitse," followed by "The Two Fedors" three years later. He also has four acting credits to his name. 

Director Marlen Khutsiev receives the Pardo alla carriera award on August 6, 2015 in Locarno, Switzerland. Photo: Getty Images/Getty Images Ukraine

Director Marlen Khutsiev receives the Pardo alla carriera award on August 6, 2015 in Locarno, Switzerland. Photo: Getty Images/Getty Images Ukraine

Khutsiev landed his first role in 1968 and portrayed the role of Knyaz in "Shine, Shine, My Star" two years later. His last film role was as Llouis Blanc in "Karl Marks Molody gody." 

However, Khutsiev truly made a name for himself when he directed the two movies most significantly representing that period's generation, "July Rain" and "I'm 20 Years Old."

Director Marlen Khutsiev attends the 'Venezia 70 Future Reloaded' Photocall during the 70th Venice International Film Festival on August 28, 2013 in Venice, Italy. Photo: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine

Director Marlen Khutsiev attends the 'Venezia 70 Future Reloaded' Photocall during the 70th Venice International Film Festival on August 28, 2013 in Venice, Italy. Photo: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine

As reported by Hollywood Reporter, both films were severely criticized by Soviet authorities for "failure to comply with dominant Communist ideology."

Fans of Khutsiev can look forward to his final film, "Nevechernyaya" (Non-Nightly) which will be released later this year. 

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