If you have been looking for a movie to watch in the evening and you have watched everything recommended by your friends, you are welcome to take a look at our collection of biopic movies. Every one of them is an exciting story about incredible people who were not afraid of new and unknown things.
Przhevalsky (Dir. by Sergey Yutkevich)
Nikolay Mikhailovich Przhevalsky was a Russian traveler, geographer and naturalist. He was in the military but often wrote about places he had been to. In 1864, after several of his works were published, he officially became a member of the Russian Imperial Geographic Society.
He undertook expeditions to Central Asia, exploring Mongolia, China and Tibet. Przhevalski's horse is not the only animal the explorer made known to the world.
From his travels, he would bring huge zoological and botanical collections that weighed over a ton. He gave biologists the chance to study 115 mammal species, 425 bird species, 75 species of fish and 1,700 plants.
Although the movie was made a long time ago (in 1952), it conveys beautifully the atmosphere of Asia, the nature of the local populations and even flora and fauna of the places he explored. The movie was made in Primorsky Region of Russia, in the sands of Central Asia, in the Pamirs and the Tien Shan, and in the People’s Republic of China.
Sofya Kovalevskaya (Dir. by Ayan Shakhmaliyeva)
Sofya Vasilyevna Kovalevskaya was the first woman appointed to full professorship in the Russian Empire, and a mathematician at that. Kovalevskaya’s passion for mathematics first manifested itself in adolescence. Why would a little lady take an interest in functions and integrals?
Kovalevskaya answered this question in a half serious manner in her book Childhood Memories.The first reason was her uncle, Pyotr Vasilievich Korvin-Krukovsky who had much respect for hard sciences. His niece was fonder of him than she was of her other family members, since he often had heart-to-heart conversations with her and treated her like an adult. The second reason was, according to Kovalevskaya, a rather “curious circumstance”. As the family moved to Polibino, there was not enough wallpaper for one of the children's rooms, so the room was hung with printed pages from a book of lectures on differential and integral calculus by Academician M. V. Ostrogradsky. Sofya later recalled that she had spent hours before that “mysterious” wall.
However, her path in mathematics was not an easy one. There were no higher education opportunities for women in Russia at that time. Sofya’s father did not allow her to go study abroad. Then she entered into a sham marriage with a scientist called Vladimir Kovalevsky and left for Koenigsberg to study. The areas she worked in were potential theory, mathematical physics, and celestial mechanics. She found solutions to multiple classical problems that her predecessors failed to solve. In 1889, she was awarded the Grand Prix of the French Academy of Sciences for the work on the rotation of a solid body about a fixed point.
Engineer Graftio (Dir. by Gennady Kazansky)
A story about the Russian engineer Genrikh Osipovich Graftio. Descended from a Dutch upper-class family, he was born and raised in Russia. He studied at the Physico-Mathematical Department and traveled abroad to study the operation principles of hydroelectric stations and electrical railway in Europe and the USA. Then he started his work on infrastructure and electrification in his home country.
He designed, built and electrified railways, and designed an electric tram in Saint Petersburg. During the course of his career, he supervised the construction of a central station with three steam turbines, five power substations, three wagon fleets and over 100 km of catenary lines, and the equipment of over 100 motor trams.
The image on the screen shows a moment in the life of the Russian engineer when he was building the Volhov Hydro Power Plant. Every minute of the movie, we see a man inspired with an idea, who wants to make discoveries and implement them in real life to make it better and easier for the people.
Gorillas in the Mist (Dir. by Michael Apted)
Dian Fossey was an American scientist, primatologist, ethologist and popularizer of wild nature. She lived nearly twenty years in Central Africa studying a rare, endangered species of mountain gorillas and trying to protect the animals from poachers.
Dian Fossey never played with a toy monkey as a child, nor did she frequent zoos. Love for animals came to her much later. Dian was first trained as a physician, but then, in Africa where she went as a tourist she met Louis Leakey, an outstanding paleontologist. It was him who influenced her interest in research and suggested that she study behaviors of mountain gorillas in the rainforest of Virunga area.
Dian Fossey went further and, rather than just observing, decided to have the gorillas to admit her into their colony. Dian Fossey lived in a bungalow among the wild animals, which helped her to understand their psychology and behavior as well as study them as a species. The outcomes of her participant observation were published in her book Gorillas in the Mist, which became a bestseller.
Radioactive (Dir. by Marjane Satrapi)
Marie Skłodowska-Curie was a brave and remarkable woman. She stood at the origins of radioactivity research and, together with her husband Pierre Curie, actually discovered radium and polonium.
It all began with her entering the Sorbonne where, later, she would become the first female professor of the university. Back at that time, women mainly chose to study medicine, but Marie decided to study mathematics, chemistry and physics. She studied hard during the day, and worked as a tutor in the evenings to earn some money to support herself.
After graduation, she received a grant for a study of magnetic properties of various steels, under the direction of Professor Gabriel Lippmann. After that research, she had to choose the subject for her thesis and she did so with the help of the physicist Henri Becquerel, who discovered that uranium compounds generate radiation. This was rather unusual since X-rays, which had already been known, were produced with involvement of external factors while uranium was found to have its own radiation properties.
Marie Curie took an interest in the subject and started working on her doctoral thesis by investigating the new element together with her husband Pierre Curie and her friend Henri Becquerel. There was a whole number of incredible discoveries in store for the three of them. Marie Skłodowska-Curie became a member of 106 scientific societies including the French Academy of Medicine and was awarded 20 scientific degrees.
Each of these stories is fascinating and incredible in its own way, since the scientists, irrespective of their branch, are always pioneers, people with a great talent and a brave heart. Their lives are complete stories waiting to be told, as proven beautifully by the movies.
Based on information and illustrations from open sources