Photo portraits of Soviet, Lithuanian, and Russian actors and directors made by the famous Lithuanian actor
Juozas Budraitis is mainly known for more than a hundred roles in Lithuanian, Soviet and foreign feature films and telefilms. Although few know that he also revealed his talent in the art of photography.
In the beginning of 1960s, Juozas Budraitis started taking pictures. He would not let go of the camera on film set. In 1989, Budraitis joined the Union of Lithuanian Art Photographers, and since then, he has held exhibitions in Lithuania and abroad.
Exhibited photographs belong to the Golden Age of Lithuanian cinema. They capture prominent figures of those times: film directors Alimantas Grikiavicius and Vytautas Žalakevičius, actresses Ruta Staliliunaite and Vaiva Mainelyte, actors Bronius Babkauskas, Algimantas Masiulis, Donatas Banionis, artists Vytautas Kalinauskas, Valentinas Antanavičius, Vincas Kisarauskas.
The exhibition “My Films. 1960s–1980s” gathers photographs from Budraitis’ shootings in Russia, Estonia, and Latvia. They show beloved Soviet actors and film directors: Marina Neyolova, Irina Miroshnichenko, Rodion Nakhapetov, Yevgeny Leonov, Lembit Ulfsak, and Vladimir Basov.
With the support of Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania in St. Petersburg
Juozas Budraitis was born on 6 October 1940 in the village of Liepynai, Kelmės district. In 1973, Budraitis graduated from the Faculty of Law of Vilnius University, and in 1981, he competed his studies at the Advanced Course for Screenwriters and Film Directors in Moscow. In 1989–1996, Budraitis was the chairman of Lithuanian Theatre Union. In 1995–2010, he held a post of cultural attaché at the Lithuanian Embassy in Russian Federation. In 2003, Budraitis was awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Lithuanian Order of Merit for Lithuania, and in 2014 he was awarded the Medal “For Merit in the Lithuanian Diplomatic Service.”
Juozas Budraitis is known for more than a hundred roles in Lithuaninan, Soviet and foreign films and television films. He appeared in “Nobody Wanted to Die” (1965, dir. Vytautas Žalakevičius), “Feelings” (1968, dir. Alimantas Grikiavicius, Algirdas Dausa), “Everything about Columbus” (1970, dir. Vytautas Žalakevičius), “That Sweet Word: Liberty!” (1972, dir. Vytautas Žalakevičius), “With You and Without You” (1973, dir. Rodion Nahapetov), “The Lost Home” (1976, dir. Almantas Grikevičius), “The Fairfax Millions” (1980, dir. Nikolai Ilyinsky), and “Garden Eden” (2015, dir. Algimantas Puipa).
Since 1979, Juozas Budraitis has been working in theatre. He received attention for his roles of Halvard Solness (Henrik Ibsen, The Master Builder. 1980, dir. Jonas Vaitkus), Šarūnas (Vincas Krėvė-Mickevičius, Šarūnas, Duke of Dainava. 1980, dir. Jonas Vaitkus), Richard II (William Shakespeare, Richard II. 1985, dir. Jonas Vaitkus), and Krapp (Samuel Beckett, Krapp’s Last Tape. 2013, dir. Oskaras Korsunovas).
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