Beautiful Russian actress Olga Krasina (1941) starred in a handful of films in the early 1960’s.
Russian postcard by Izdanije Byuro Propogandy Sovietskogo Kinoiskusstva, nr. 809299, 1965. Photo: G. Ter-Ovanesova. (This postcard was printed in an edition of 200.000 cards. The price was 8 kop.)
Queen of Spades
Olga Krasina was born in Moscow, Soviet Union (now Russia). She was only beginning her career at the Bolshoi Theater, when she made her breakthough. The Bolshoi Opera, Theater, Orchestra, and Choir were all united to bring Aleksandr Pushkin’s short story Pique Dame to life in an opera featuring music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and a libretto by his brother Modest. The opera was adapted to the screen in Pikovaya Dama/Queen of Spades (1960, Roman Tikhomirov). Pique Dame tells the tragic tale of a young man (Oleg Strizhenov) whose obsession with gambling brings about the destruction of his girlfriend, Lisa. Olga Krasina was cast as Lisa. She and the other actors mimed their parts, while opera singers supplied the vocals.
Next Olga Krasina appeared as Bianca in the comedy Ukroshenie stroptivoi/Taming of the Shrew (1961, Sergey Kolosov), based on the comedy of the same name by William Shakespeare. Her following films were Ukroshchenie Stroptivoy (1961, Sergei Kolosov), the drama Greshnyj engel/Sinner Angel (1962, Gennadiy Kazansky), and the comedy Zajchik/Little Bunny (1964, Leonid Bykov). Zajchik tells the story of a man (played by director Leonid Bykov himself) who is manipulated and made fun of by everyone. He is too shy to strike back, but to everybody’s surprise love (for Krasina’s character) makes a lion out of the little bunny. Olga Krasina’s final film was the crime film Sokrovyzhcha respublyki (1964, Ivan Pravov).
Sources: IMDb and All Movie Guide.
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