Alexander Rowe is a true master of directorial creativity. His fairy tales are not just magical films about the most important thing, but skillfully created mirrors of the Russian soul.
The birthplace of Alexander Arturovich Rowe is a small town in the Ivanovo region called Yuryevets. The great screenwriter and director was born on March 8, 1906 in the family of the Irishman Arthur Rowe and the Greek woman Julia Karageorgy. Despite his origin, Alexander Rowe considered himself to be Russian to the core all his life. Arthur Roe worked in Russia as a flour milling engineer. When his son Alexander was still very young, in 1914, Arthur left his family and went to Ireland.
As a child, Alexander Rowe had to experience serious difficulties: his mother was seriously ill, so all the care for her and for himself fell on his shoulders. The boy sold matches and combs in order to have a livelihood. A year after his father left the family, Yulia Karageorgy and her son moved to Sergiev Posad.
After graduating from the 7th grade of the school, Alexander Rowe entered the industrial and economic technical school, and from there he transferred to another educational institution - the B. V. Tchaikovsky film school. The final stage of his professional education was the M. Ermolova Drama College.
Alexander Rowe in his youth
Alexander Rowe has directed sixteen feature films, of which fourteen are fairy tales.
In 1961, the director received the title "Honored Artist of the RSFSR", and in 1968 another - "People's Artist of the RSFSR". Rowe was also awarded medals and orders.
Before his death, in the 68th year of his life, lying in a Moscow hospital, Alexander Rowe ordered to arrange a farewell to him in the studio, while for the moment of taking out his body he wished to organize the play of the suite from the opera "Corneville Bells" performed by the orchestra. Alexander Rowe died on December 28, 1973. His wishes were fulfilled. The great director is buried at the Babushkinskoye cemetery in the north-east of Moscow.
Personal life of Alexander Rowe was divided into several stages. His first wife is actress Irina Petrovna Zarubina. He fell in love with her on the set of the film "Vasilisa the Beautiful", where I. Zarubina played the role of Malanya. In 1940, the couple had a daughter, Tanya. An acting career did not allow Irina and Alexander to live together, this damaged their relationship, and during the war, their marriage came to naught.
After the Great Patriotic War, the director remarried. This time on Elena Savitskaya, an actress of the operetta theater. This relationship ended quickly enough.
The last and most successful love of Alexander was Elena Georgievna Rowe, with whom the talented storyteller built a strong and happy union for the rest of his life.
Creativity and career
Alexander Rowe began his career early enough. While studying at the Industrial and Economic College, he studied in an amateur art circle, and then ended up in the Blue Blouse Theater under the direction of Boris Yuzhanin. Work in this theater became a turning point in the aspirations of Alexander Arturovich: then he precisely determined his goals in life and career. Studying at Boris Tchaikovsky's film school and mastering a new profession helped him meet Yakov Protazanov, with whom they worked together at the Mezhrabpomfilm film studio. Since 1937, Alexander Rowe was the director of the Soyuzdetfilm film studio.
Alexander Rowe is famous for his fairy tales: "By the Pike's Command", "The Beautiful Vasilisa", "The Little Humpbacked Horse", "The Immortal Koschey", "Mary the Artisan", "Frost", "Fire, Water … and Copper Pipes", "Barbara Beauty long braid "and other famous films. It is noteworthy that Rowe also directed three documentaries. Towards the end of his life, Rowe dreamed of using his talent in the development of the musical genre, but did not have time.
Shot from the film "Morozko"
Still from the film "Vasilisa the Beautiful"
Alexander Rowe is a legendary person in the history of our country. His films are a unique display of skill and professionalism in directing. The tales of Alexander Rowe touch all the strings of the Russian soul, because Alexander Rowe put his own in them.