Lopatynsky, Favst

Image - The Berezil theater's director's lab (1925). Sitting (l-r): Ya. Bortnyk, V. Vasylko, B. Tiahno, Z. Pihulovych, Les Kurbas, F. Lopatynsky, Yu. Lishchansky. Standing: P. Bereza-Kudrytsky, I. Kryha, A. Irii. Image - The Berezil staging of Ernst Toller's Machine Wreckers (directed by Favst Lopatynsky).

Lopatynsky, Favst [Lopatyns’kyj], b 29 May 1899 in Lviv, d 31 October 1937. (Photo: Favst Lopatynsky.) Stage actor and director and film director; son of Filomena Lopatynska and Lev Lopatynsky. He began his theater career in the Ternopilski Teatralni Vechory (1915–16) and then worked in Molodyi Teatr (1917–19), the Theater of the Western Ukrainian National Republic (1919), Kyidramte (1920–2), Berezil (1922–7), and the Fairy-Tale Theater in Kharkiv (1926–7; see Kharkiv Young Spectator's Theater). During 1926–33 he was a film director at the Odesa Artistic Film Studio and Kyiv Artistic Film Studio. He was arrested during the Stalinist terror, and died in a concentration camp. In acting and stage directing Lopatynsky was a follower of Les Kurbas's system. He played Yarema in Haidamaky (The Haidamakas, based on Taras Shevchenko) and Leon in F. Grillpartzer's Weh' dem, der lügt and directed the Berezil productions of Novi idut’ (The New Are Coming, based on O. Zozulia, 1923), Mashynobortsi (adapted from E. Toller's Die Maschinenstürmer, 1924), and Poshylys’ u durni (They Made Fools of Themselves, adapted from Marko Kropyvnytsky, 1924). In 1922 Lopatynsky was in charge of Berezil's second experimental workshop. He filmed Synii paket (Blue Package, 1926), Vasia—reformator (Vasia the Reformer, with Oleksander Dovzhenko, 1926), and Karmeliuk (1931). He was also the author of the drama Kozak Holota (1927).

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