Josef Heifitz
Date of Birth
Dec 17, 1905
Birth Place:
Minsk, Russia


With films such as Baltic Deputy (1937) and Member of the Government (1940), filmmaker/screenwriter Josef Heifitz and his long-time collaborator Alexander Zarkhi became known as the forefathers of Soviet cinema's "historic realism movement." Up until WW II, Heifitz had also been regarded as one of Russia's most prominent Jewish artists. A native of Minsk, Heifitz moved to St. Petersburg in the...