Shaken Aimanov

From Kazakhstan Encyclopedia

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Aimanov on a 2014 stamp of Kazakhstan

Shaken Kenzhetaiuly Aimanov (Template:Lang-kk; born Shakhkarim Kenzhetaiuly Aimanov, Template:Lang-kk;[1] 15 October 1914 – 23 December 1970) was a Kazakh Soviet actor and film director. He considered the father of Kazakh cinematography.[2][3] He directed eleven films between 1954 and 1970.


Aimanov was born in Bayanaul, Russian Empire (now Kazakhstan) in 1914. He studied at the Kazakh Institute of Education in Semipalatinsk (now Semey) from 1931 to 1933.

He began his acting career at the Kazakh Theater of Drama in Alma-Ata in 1933. Vivid social and psychological characteristics are inherent in his art. His best roles include Akhan Seri in Akhan Seri and Aktokty by Gabit Musirepov, Isatai in Isatai and Makhambet by Akhinzhanov, Kobylandy Batyr in Kobylandy by Mukhtar Auezov, Kodar in Kozy Korpesh and Bayan Sulu by Gabit Musirepov, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare, and Tikhon in The Storm by Alexander Ostrovsky. He also worked as a director and from 1947 to 1951 was chief director at the Kazakh Theater of Drama. Working in films since 1940, both as actor and director, Aimanov played Zhambyl in the film of the same name and directed the 1958 film Our Dear Doctor, among others. He was a deputy of the fourth and seventh convocations of the Supreme Soviet of the Kazakh SSR. In 1963 he was a member of the jury at the 3rd Moscow International Film Festival.[4] Aimanov made a trilogy of "Osterns": The End of the Ataman (1970), Trans-Siberian Express (1977), and The Manchurian Version (1989).[5] In 1952, he received the State Prize of the USSR for his work in the theater, and in 1968 he received the State Prize of the Kazakh SSR. He has been awarded the Order of Lenin and the Order of the Red Banner of Labour.


The Kazakhfilm, where Aimanov worked as a film director named after him in 1984.[6] The Shaken's Stars International Film Festival was held in 2013 to support and help young artists and filmmakers.[7]



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