Valery Inkijinoff

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Valéry Inkijinoff (actually: Valerian Ivanovich Inkischinow / Валерьян (Валерий) Иванович Инкижинов * 25. March 1895 in Irkutsk , Russian Empire ; † 26. September 1973 in Brunoy , department Essonne , France ) was an international actor Buryat -Russian origin. In film titles, his first name is occasionally given as Vladimir, his last name also as Inkiginoff or Inkischinoff.


Valéry Inkijinoff studied at the Polytechnic Institute in St. Petersburg and then at the Imperial Theater in St. Petersburg. From 1919 he belonged to the ensemble of Vsevolod Meyerhold . In the film he was first used as a stuntman , then as an actor. He had his first leading role in Vsevolod Pudovkin's Mongolian film Storm over Asia (1928), in which he played the alleged descendant of Genghis Khan . This was followed by the appointment of director of the School of Theater and Cinema in Kiev.

After the death of his seven-year-old daughter, Valéry Inkijinoff left Russia and went via Germany to France, where, because of his Mongolian facial features, he was often used in the roles of vicious Asians with shaved heads. His most successful films were Les bateliers de la Volga (1936) and the film Le drame de Shanghaï (1938) directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst in exile in France .

Since 1933, Valéry Inkijinoff appeared several times in German films, for the first time in Robert Wiene's crime film "Police Files 909", in which he played a Japanese spy. In Willi Krause's anti-Soviet propaganda film Friesennot (1935), he played a red Russian commissar who was supposed to win over a village community of Volga Germans for the Soviet cause during the October Revolution . In Werner Klingler's adventure film “The Last Four from Santa Cruz” (1936) he was seen as a greedy shipowner.

Valéry Inkijinoff also made repeated appearances in post-war German films , for example in Carmine Gallone's historical agent film Der Kurier des Zaren and Fritz Lang's two-part adventure film The Tiger of Eschnapur and The Indian Tomb (1959). His role subject remained the same. As before the war, Inkijinoff shot the majority of his films in Great Britain and France.

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