Death: Marina Goldovskaya Dies At 80 -The documentary filmmaker Marina Goldovskaya died in Latvia on March 20 at the age of 80. Goldovskaya made nearly one hundred documentaries, many of which were intimate portraits of her subjects. She is perhaps best known for her work during the late Soviet and early post-Soviet periods that opened doors into the inner lives of people living in a time of great change. She won many awards for “Arkhangelsky Peasant” about the first private farmer in the Soviet Union in 1989 and for “The Bitter Taste of Freedom” about murdered journalist Anna Politkovskaya, made in 2011.
According to themoscowtimes.com, Goldovskaya was born into one of the most well-known cinema families in the Soviet Union. Yevsei Goldovsky, an inventor and scholar who was one of the founders of the All-Russian State Institute for Cinematography, was her father (VGIK). Goldovskaya was one of three women to graduate from the film school in 1963 as a camera operator. Working as an assistant camera operator for Andrei Tarkovsky was one of her first jobs.
She came to California in the mid-1990s to teach at the UCLA School of Film and Television in Los Angeles. Antonina W. Bouis translated her autobiography, “A Woman With a Movie Camera,” which was published by the University of Texas Press.
“She was vibrant and immensely brilliant,” filmmaker Vitaly Manski remarked on his Facebook page. She was a female documentary filmmaker with a camera in her hand during a period when she was the exception to every norm. She set her own rules and always came out on top.” There has been no public disclosure of funeral arrangements.