This is a reproduction of a vintage Russian film poster produced to promote the film Mountain Peak Conquerors. It was the first film made in colour in Georgia, USSR. The film was directed by David Rondeli and stars Nato Vachnadze , Zura Lejava , Liana Asatiani , Giorgi Shavgulidze. The film is the Russian issue of a Georgian war drama action film. It runs for 1 hour 29 minutes and its fictional storyline evolves around two famous alpinists Simon and Alexandra Lomidze. As they attempt to ascend Mount Tetnuld they get swept into the abyss by the avalanche. Simon’s diary inspires his younger brother Alyosha to repeat his brother’s effort and becomes an alpinist. He participates in the expeditions to Ushba, Shkheldi and other mountains.
The vintage film poster was created by the Russian born artist Boris Alexandrovich Zelensky. It features a dynamic image of a soldier in a brown military unit attempting the arduous climb up the steep cliff face. His brother can be seen also climbing the rock face behind him. The mountain climbing scenes for the movie were filmed in the Caucasus Mountains.
Poster Artist Boris Alexandrovich Zelensky
Boris Alexandrovich Zelensky was born in 1914 in Petrograd (now Leningrad). In 1925 went to the Studio of S. M. Seidenberg in Leningrad to study and then on to the Studio of K. Yuon in Moscow. He followed that with a year at the Moscow art school at S. I. Frolov between 1932 and 1933, before moving on to the Moscow art-industrial school at S. F. Nikolaev until 1939. From 1934 onwards, he worked mainly in poster and commercial advertising design.
Zelensky created a series of poster designs for the Moscow Metro and several posters for the Mosfilm film studio. Other Zalensky works include his artwork for VOKS, an entity created by the government of the Soviet Union in 1925. Their aim was to promote international cultural contact between writers, composers, musicians, cinematographers, artists, scientists, educators, and athletes of the USSR with those of other countries. He also produced work for the USSR Union of Friendship Societie and several book covers and illustrations. In 1939, he was awarded the USSR State Prize for his work on the film “The Circus”, which also earned him an Honorable Mention at the Venice Film Festival.