Fame, Fortune & Film: LenFilm Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia

Fame, Fortune & Film: LenFilm Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia

A walk through St. Petersburg’s LenFilm Museum is a walk through the history of Russian film, with sets, props, costumes and sketches from its most famous films.

The staff of MIR’s St. Petersburg affiliated office recently made a field trip to the museum and shared photos with us.

The dramatic entrance into Lenfilm Studios<br>Photo: Alfiya Izmailova

The dramatic entrance into Lenfilm Studios
Photo: Alfiya Izmailova

Though it got its modern name only in 1934, films were being made here on the site of the original Aquarium Theater in the early 20th century. Internationally renowned Soviet poet and creative artist Vladimir Mayakovsky wrote, performed in and co-directed a short film here called The Young Lady and the Hooligan back in 1918.

The golden years of LenFim were the 1960s and 70s, with up to 35 movies a year produced. Probably the studio’s most famous film was the Grigory Kozintsev production of Hamlet, an adaptation based on a translation by Boris Pasternak. Hamlet won a Special Jury Prize at the 1964 Venetian Film Festival, and the Best Actor trophy was awarded to its leading man, Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy.

Sets and costumes from eight popular TV movies about Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson made between 1979 and 1983 are favorite exhibits.


The studio languished through the 1990s after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, but has made a comeback in the 21st century, producing four or five films a year. The LenFilm museum opened in 2015, giving Russian film buffs the opportunity to revisit some of their favorite films and to celebrate the Russian flavors of the film industry.

Travel to St. Petersburg with MIR

Movie and history buffs can make their own stop at Lenfilm Studios on a thoughtfully handcrafted custom tour in St. Petersburg

MIR specializes in personalized, private journeys, and we love to take your ideas and weave them into a trip tailored especially for you. Travel wherever, however, and with whomever you like, relying on our expert assistance. Contact us to find out more about our custom and private travel expertise – each trip handcrafted to your interests, dates and pace.

MIR has 30 years of travel experience to Russia, with affiliate offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Siberia offering on-the-ground support, and tour managers that clients rave about. MIR’s full service, dedication, commitment to quality, and destination expertise have twice earned us a place on National Geographic Adventure’s list of “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”

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Top photo: MIR’s St. Petersburg staff are ready for their close-ups at Lenfilm Studios. Photo: Alfiya Izmailova

PUBLISHED: April 13, 2016

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