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Fédote Bourgasoff

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Fédote Bourgasoff
Born(1890-03-09)9 March 1890
Died12 May 1945(1945-05-12) (aged 55)
Other namesFiodor Burgasow
Years active1917-1944 (film)

Fédote Bourgasoff (9 March 1890 – 12 May 1945) was a Russian Empire-born French cinematographer.[1]

Life and career

He was born Fiodor Burgasow in Lokhvitsa, Poltava then in the Russian Empire and now in Ukraine. After establishing himself in Russian Empire cinema, Bourgasoff fled to France following the Russian Revolution. He worked frequently on films there until his death, often on projects involving many other Russian exiles.

Burgasov began his career as a still photographer and cameraman with Iosif Ermolev's company and subsequently lensed Yakov Protazanov's Father Sergius (1918), among other films. After his immigration to France as a member of Ermolev's entourage, Burgasov became the most prolific cinematographer in the newly founded Paris company Les Films Ermolieff, renamed later, after Ermolev's departure, Productions Albatros. Thus, he filmed Aleksandr Volkov's serial The House of Mystery (1923), Viacheslav Turzhanski's The Song of Triumphant Love (1923), and numerous others. Burgasov successfully worked with French directors whose films also were produced by Ermolev, including Jean Epstein (The Lion of the Moguls, 1924) and Marcel L’Herbier (The Late Mattia Pascal, 1925). He was the cameraman on several sound versions of silent movie hits such as The Loves of Casanova[2] (1933) and The Child of Carnival (1934); among his noteworthy works are Jean Renoir's The Lower Depths (1936) from Maksim Gorky's play, and Max Ophüls's Werther (1938), an adaptation of Goethe's novel. His last film was Sacha Guitry's La Malibran (1944), a biopic about a French opera singer.

Selected filmography


  1. ^ Peter Rollberg (2009). Historical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Cinema. US: Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 124–125. ISBN 978-0-8108-6072-8.
  2. ^ Klossner p.64


  • Klossner, Michael. The Europe of 1500-1815 on film and television. McFarland & Co, 2002.

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