Simon Gutman and his poster for the movie 'Nina'

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  • Photo taken in:
    Riga
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Latvia

This is me and the poster i created for the movie ?Nina?. The main character of the film was a young girl from a partizan brigade. The photo was taken in Riga in the 1960s.

I had an attraction for cinema, inherited from my father, and I went to work in film advertising. They gave me photographs, and I made drawings for the ARS company. That company used to show Soviet and American films. I made posters for the Soviet films. The posters without text were used all over the pre-Baltic countries. Later I gave the originals of my posters to a cinema archive. Simultaneously, I made some additional money as a caricaturist. I signed my pictures Gutman.

In 1940 there were meetings with many well-known Soviet artistic figures. We received a prominent Soviet film director Grigori Aleksandrov and actor Lyubov Orlova. Then we had a meeting with writer Mikhail Zoshchenko. I worked with the Riga magazine Crocodile then.

After the war my friend Gudkin invited me to work in the cinema company in 1945. I stayed there all the time, up to my retirement age. I became a member of the Union of Artists of Latvia and took part in many exhibitions. There were exhibitions of caricaturists, placard-artists, and performances by the front artists. Readers of The Soviet Latvia of the elder generation know me very well. My caricatures were constantly published. The caricatures were political. During the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in 1967 I was telling everybody, that I wasn't Simon Israelevich, but Simon Aggressorovich! Yes, I'm a humorist, an actor, a film director, and when I feel high emotionally, I can write verses. I wrote verses not so long ago. When I worked at the film-studio, I composed poems for amateur performances. I retired rather late. My labor experience is 45 years.

Interview details

Interviewee: Simon Gutman
Interviewer:
Svetlana Kovalchuk
Month of interview:
February
Year of interview:
2002
Riga, Latvia

KEY PERSON

Simon Gutman
Year of birth:
1907
City of birth:
Dvinsk
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Occupation
before WW II:
Artist
after WW II:
Artist
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Gutnomen-Gutman
    Year of changing: 
    1940
    Reason for changing: 
    Shortening of the family name in 1940

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