Filmmaker Dimitri Kirsanoff was born in Estonia and moved to Paris in 1923 where he attended the Ecole Normale de Musique. Kirsanoff is best known for his highly original, at times avant garde French silent films. During the '20s, he was among France's most highly regarded filmmakers with his best known film being the poetic and innovative Menlimontant (1924). Many of his early films starred his first wife Nadia Sibirskaia. Kirsanoff continued directing through the 1950s, but his talkies were more commercially oriented and not as well regarded.