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Name: Marshall, Herbert (1906-1991)

Historical Note:

Herbert P. J. Marshall was a British writer whose career also embraced film making, theatrical direction and design, education and Russian literature.

Marshall was born in 1906 in East Ham London, England. He studied film making in Moscow in the 1930's with the Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein, and spent the last twenty years of his life as director of the Center for Soviet and East European Studies in the Performing Arts at Southern IllinoisUniversity in Carbondale. He had retired there in 1979 as distinguished professor of Soviet Literature and Theater Arts.

Mr. Marshall also founded theatrical groups, served as director of the Old Vic Theater in London, was a consultant on theatrical architecture, and produced films and directed plays in the Soviet Union, England, Spain, India and the United States. His films include "Thunder Rock," in 1942, starring Michael Redgrave, and "Tinker," which won the Edinburgh Festival Film Award in 1949. He also translated scores of Russian poems, plays and short stories and wrote more than a dozen books and screenplays, including his book on Ira Aldridge: "The Negro Tragedian". He died in 1991 at the age of 85 in Cowfold, West Sussex, England. He was survived by his wife Fredda Brilliant, a Polish-born actress and sculptor.


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