Born in Baku. Graduated from Philological Faculty of Moscow State University (1975). Ph.D. in History of Arts.
Author of books, articles, essays on the history and theory of cinema, theater and literature. Author for The Film Art Magazine, Seance, Soviet Film, Theater, Literature Review, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Kommersant, and others). Author of a blog on the website of the Film Art Magazine.
Laureate of a number of professional awards: USSR Filmmakers Union Award for the best book of the year ("Living Nature. Pictures of Roman Balayan", 1989) and Russian Guild of Film Criticsthe Awards.